You Had It Coming

You Had It Coming

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by Jeff Beck
     
 

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Although he's never achieved the kind of success bestowed upon old bandmates like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, this ever-adventurous rock legend has always figured at the top of the list when guitarists are asked to name their personal icons. Jeff Beck is one of rock's great iconoclasts, equally capable of…  See more details below

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Although he's never achieved the kind of success bestowed upon old bandmates like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, this ever-adventurous rock legend has always figured at the top of the list when guitarists are asked to name their personal icons. Jeff Beck is one of rock's great iconoclasts, equally capable of crafting intricate compositions and kicking out the jams on pure adrenaline -- two approaches he blends dexterously on this sizzling disc. While he never totally abandons his blues roots -- a cover of the traditional "Rollin' and Tumblin'," featuring the vocal wail of London-bred Imogen Heap, may be the most immediate thing on the disc -- You Had It Coming is decidedly forward-looking. Making wise, efficient use of technology, Beck deploys rhythm loops and electronic accessories without letting the toys take over, as borne out by the fuzzed-out boogie of "Earthquake." Typically mercurial in terms of playing with offbeat tunings and madly shifting time signatures, songs like the pulsing "Roy's Toy" and "Nadia" (a dazzling, modal piece written by Indian film composer Nitin Sawhney) never let the listener sit back and relax. But sometimes the edge of your seat is the best place to perch.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jeff Beck returns two years after the ten-years-in-the-making Who Else?, and You Had It Coming isn't surprising just for its rapidity, but for its music. From the moment the electronicized, post-rave beats of "Earthquake" kick off the record, it's clear that Beck isn't content to stay in place -- he's trying to adapt to the modern world. To a certain extent, this isn't an entirely new phenomenon, since each of his records is clearly, inextricably of its time, from the crunching metal of Truth through the breezy jazz fusion of Blow By Blow to the modernized album rock of Guitar Shop. This is just another side of that, as Beck works with electronic music, both noisy and new age introspective. It's a bit clever, actually, since Beck's playing has always been otherworldly, dipping, bending, and sounding like anything other than a normal guitar. The problem is, when he's surrounded by lockstep, processed beats and gurgling synths, his guitar doesn't leap to the forefront and capture attention the way it does on his best recordings. Still, there's something to be said for the effort, because even if it doesn't sound like a Beck record, it isn't a bad record, and it's certainly a helluva lot more successful than Clapton's similar forays into these waters. Besides, knowing that he knocked this out so quickly makes it a little endearing.

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Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972425825
catalogNumber:
724258
Rank:
30359

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You Had It Coming 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BirdFipper More than 1 year ago
Jeff Beck does it again with his mastery of the guitar! Rock solid, Bluesy performances of some well know material and incredibly light and versatile jazz and electronic inclusions make this album a bargain at 3x the price. When is the last time you felt anything? This album is very sexy! Extremely underrated! It is one of the most emotional albums I have heard in a very long time. The feelings I get from this album range from tenderness to intense. From country to rock in a very Jeff Beck jazzy way. You can tell a lot of Jeff Beck, time, and effort went into the composition of this piece of artwork.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jeff Beck is one monster of a guitar player, but you'd never know it by this album. At only 34 minutes long, most of the time is taken up by repetitious riffs by the bass & drums. What little guitar there is on the album is uninspiring & unmelodic. Oh, for the days of There & Back, Blow by Blow & Wired! Sadly this is a wasted $15 for a one-listen CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's never been easy to pin Tony Hymas down. He's always come across as intense and dark, but much of his music is melodic and airy. He managed to turn his gentle rage into a masterpiece on 1990's Guitar Shop, and captured heat on record with Who Else!. But there's no new ground broken on You Had It Coming. Overall, it is a hit-and-miss
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new CD may take a little time to grow on you but it's worth the effort. Jeff Beck has been doing this his whole career; the unexpected. The concepts are usually unlike what you've heard before so they may not be immediately accessible. However, after a few listens this CD really shines. ''Nadia'' and ''Suspension'' are gorgeous; ''Earthquake'' is a 50/50 mix of testosterone and adrenaline; ''Dirty Mind'' provides one of the best overall grooves; ''Loose Cannon'' is evocative of eastern mysticism; ''Left Hook'' leaves you breathless at the end. As usual Mr. Beck has created an instrumental guitar album that does not bore at all. In fact you're left wanting more of the same...but you probably won't get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the single most entertaining cd's ever, get it today. Badia entraps you with its insane bends and its just one long solo, awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jeff Beck has proven again that he is the master of the guitar instrumental. Many guitarist when their strike out on their own, or try to produce instrumentals end up with 3 – 5 minutes of guitar solo’s and hot licks that do not make a song. Beck has a theme and a rhythm that sets the guitarist up for improvising that adds to the music and not distracts from it. It seems to me he knows when to stop and re-establish the theme so the song does not get lost in a mess of over improvisation. Excellent CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago