Monday, August 5, 2013

Live: The Many Eras of Beck (Except for One) Condensed Into 90 Minutes at Prospect Park

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The Anti-Antifolk

Hearing "One Foot in the Grave" from his oddball collection of pre-Mellow Gold recordings so early in the night, only after "Devil's Haircut" and "Black Tambourine," suggests some deliberate set list handiwork. Watching Beck now—his backing band taking a rest as he stomps out coal-miner harmonica blues twisted with interspersed raps—and knowing the many ways his career would veer in the years after writing it, was his way of reminding us that his high regard for folk music remains prominent. Though quick to subvert it, his respect for it has always been pure.

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