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7 out of 10
Imagine a younger, angrier Beck jamming with Lou Reed in some run down old warehouse in Baltimore. Sounds pretty cool, doesn't it? Well that's pretty much what I'm listening to now, and although it's not quite as good as I'd like it to be, it's still not half bad. It's distinctive and has character, which is more than one can say for most of the rubbish around today.
Vaguely Kraftwerk electro and Beckesque folksy guitars underpin many of the tracks, although there are a few that veer off into almost Beastie Boys style distorted guitar. In fact the forays into distortion and noise that many of the songs end with are part of what makes the album work, along with the breathy, slurred vocals.
If you like Beck but wish he'd cast aside his pop sensibilities just once in a while, this might be just what you're after.
1. Halloween Tune
2. Pretty Psyched
3. Glistening Luck
4. Yeah Whatevs
5. Hip-hop Featuring Rigor Mortis
6. No Shock
7. Which Was The Heroine?
8. Ink Scrimmage
9. A Mate of Mine
10. Interview with Empirical Data