Originally published 6:11 p.m., November 9, 2006
Updated 10:18 a.m., December 2, 2006

Beck The Information (Polydor; October 2006)


Pop culture’s favorite noisemaker Beck has returned with his new album, The Information, taking us on a slightly odd but charming trip redolent of his Mellow Gold days. From the frustratingly catchy stream-of-consciousness rap of “Elevator Music,” to the jamboree beats of “Strange Apparition,” to the percussive beeps and clicks of “Movie Theme,” The Information sounds more like B-sides from 1994. Strangely, this isn’t a bad thing, as Beck has worked his strange post-modern voodoo to give this album a contemporary presence. Thinking about it too hard might give you a headache, so just listen to the album and enjoy the pretty stickers inside.

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