You Decide What BECK’s New “Album” Will Sound Like

I am a huge Beck fan as I have made clear in the past. I was so excited when I heard he was working new material that I squealed like a little girl. But Beck’s new record will come in the form of Beck Hansen’s Song Reader; 109 pages of sheet music of eighteen original songs with lyrics and two instrumentals. Basically, if you are a musician, YOU get to decide what the songs will sound. As far as I know he has made no plans to record these songs and that readers and select musicians’ renditions of the written material will be featured on the McSweeny’s site. Kudos to Beck for doing something different and still staying original as always but a Beck song should be played by Beck damn it. I want to hear YOU play the songs as YOU intended them to be played please. I can read a bit of musical notation and tablature is the easiest thing in the world but I can guarantee mine or anyone’s version of the song will be as good as Beck’s original idea. Anyway, the Song Reader will be out in December if you are interested.

-Lane Oliver

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One thought on “You Decide What BECK’s New “Album” Will Sound Like”

  1. Beck is either brilliant or a mixture between arrogant and ignorant. On the one hand I’m intrigued. It can turn into an exciting exchange between musicians interpreting his songs, probably on youtube. Anyone can try to create their own version instead of just covering what you hear from the CD.

    On the other hand I don’t like that Beck’s release will create exclusion. Many musicians don’t read sheet music (I only started learning it end of last year). I wonder if someone will go ahead and translate it into tabs?

    Depending on the price of this “lavishly” produced reader I’d be up for joining the project and trying to play some of the songs. I wonder if other enthusiasts will follow, or if only lovers of art (visual) will buy the reader to put it on the coffee table?

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