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Classic Album Review: Jeff Beck | You Had it Coming

The Yardbirds guitarist dives into the choppy seas of electronica on this solo outing.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Who says you can’t teach a old dog new tricks? Just look at ’60s guitar god Jeff Beck. While contemporaries like Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton remain mired in nostalgia or embrace the lite-rock demographic, the former Yardbird continues to stay on the cutting edge.

As he did on his adventurous 1999 comeback disc Who Else?, Beck leaps headlong into the choppy seas of electronica on You Had It Coming, using samplers to slice, dice, cut, paste and loop his staccato Strat licks into hard-hitting, futuristic instrumental soundscapes that skitter along to prime-number time signatures. And just to show he hasn’t abandoned his roots, he includes a blistering techno-Delta blues version of Muddy WatersRollin’ and Tumblin’, voiced by fellow musical innovator Imogen Heap. Between his creative ambition and his sheer technical proficiency — Beck’s hammering, dive-bomber solos are still among the best in rock — this old dog could still teach today’s young pups a thing or two.