Guitar god and ex-Yardbird Jeff Beck triumphantly returns with an ace record that reflects the tumultuous times in which we live. Kicking the disc off with the fuzzed-out, bluesy jam “The Revolution Will Be Televised,” Beck signals his intentions while simultaneously tipping his hat to the late, great Gil Scott-Heron as well as everyday people demanding equal rights and justice. Rosie Bones provides sultry vocals on Beck’s riff-tastic, humanist anthem “Live in the Dark” and keeps pumping heat throughout the album. Other boss tunes include the whammy, pitch-bending “Right Now,” the woeful “Scared for the Children,” the soulful “Shame,” and the down ’n’ dirty “Thugs Club” — which calls out Bush, Cheney, Murdoch, and Fox News for bringing us the mess that is contemporary reality. (Jeff Beck plays Chumash Casino Resort Thursday, August 11.)
Jeff Beck’s Triumphant Return
‘Loud Hailer’ Reflects Today’s Tumultuous Times
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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