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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Performance CreditsJeff Beck Primary Artist,Electric Guitar
Jennifer Batten Track Performer
James Brown Track Performer
Steve Alexander Track Performer
Randy Hope-Taylor Track Performer
Andy Wright Track Performer
Matt Tait Track Performer
Imogen Heap Vocals
Aidan Love Track Performer
Technical CreditsJeff Beck Composer,Creation
David Coleman Art Direction
Muddy Waters Composer
Andy Wright Composer,Producer,Creation
Aidan Love Creation
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.