Emotion & Commotion

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When Jeff Beck last ventured into the studio it was to cut 2003's Jeff, a deliberately modernist album steeped in electronica, to which 2010's Emotion & Commotion almost feels like a refutation. Working with producers Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn, Beck has created an old-fashioned blues-rock-cum-prog record, balancing the sweeping vistas of a 64-piece orchestra with cool jazz-funk grooves, tarted-up Screamin' Jay Hawkins covers with a pair of Jeff Buckley tunes and a gentle reading of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Joss Stone sits in for two songs, including "I Put a Spell on You," with jazz vocalist Imelda May and opera singer Olivia Safe taking lead on two others, but the focus remains on Beck, who is in a reserved, lyrical mood. Occasionally, the tempo ratchets up -- "Hammerhead," which begins as a '60s riff rocker before quickly heading to Blow by Blow territory; "There's No Other Me," the other Stone showcase -- but Emotion & Commotion remains languid and even dreamy despite the crisp, cavernous Horn production that gives it a feeling of being trapped in 1990. All this is due to Beck, who has chosen to forgo his signature frenzied fretboard blitzkriegs and weave long phrases, his guitar rich, thick, and warm, sounding familiar yet different: he's never sustained this level of grace for a full record, and his soulful playing cuts through the clean sheen of the production, always commanding attention even when he's not demanding it. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

About this item

When Jeff Beck last ventured into the studio it was to cut 2003's Jeff, a deliberately modernist album steeped in electronica, to which 2010's Emotion & Commotion almost feels like a refutation. Working with producers Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn, Beck has created an old-fashioned blues-rock-cum-prog record, balancing the sweeping vistas of a 64-piece orchestra with cool jazz-funk grooves, tarted-up Screamin' Jay Hawkins covers with a pair of Jeff Buckley tunes and a gentle reading of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Joss Stone sits in for two songs, including "I Put a Spell on You," with jazz vocalist Imelda May and opera singer Olivia Safe taking lead on two others, but the focus remains on Beck, who is in a reserved, lyrical mood. Occasionally, the tempo ratchets up -- "Hammerhead," which begins as a '60s riff rocker before quickly heading to Blow by Blow territory; "There's No Other Me," the other Stone showcase -- but Emotion & Commotion remains languid and even dreamy despite the crisp, cavernous Horn production that gives it a feeling of being trapped in 1990. All this is due to Beck, who has chosen to forgo his signature frenzied fretboard blitzkriegs and weave long phrases, his guitar rich, thick, and warm, sounding familiar yet different: he's never sustained this level of grace for a full record, and his soulful playing cuts through the clean sheen of the production, always commanding attention even when he's not demanding it. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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Artist: Jeff Beck
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 04/13/2010
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.21
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.49 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0008122798110
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1. Corpus Christi Carol
2. Hammerhead
3. Never Alone
4. Over The Rainbow
5. I Put A Spell On You - Featuring Joss Stone
6. Serene - Featuring Olivia Safe
7. Lilac Wine - Featuring Imelda May
8. Nessun Dorma
9. There's No Other Me - Featuring Joss Stone
10. Elegy For Dunkirk - Featuring Olivia Safe
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7/5/2010

Customer review by belairbill

5.0 stars 7/5/2010 by belairbill
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Really a great example of Jeff Beck expanding his horizons - fine, fine CD

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:65 or older
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
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3/9/2011

Customer review by carol1975

4.0 stars 3/9/2011 by carol1975
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Since it was nominated for a Grammy, I purchased the cd as a birthday present for my husband. He's a big Jeff Beck fan and said he liked the cd.

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Age:55 - 64
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Gender:Female
Usage:Once per month

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