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Jeff Beck You Had It Coming (2001)

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Review This album, as said by many other reviewers, is one of Jeff Beck’s best, and is one of guitar’s best as well. You Had It Coming pushes musical boundaries like none before it. People usually turn their heads when I tell them it’s techno oriented, but once I play it for them they run out to buy their own copy.

Anyone who thinks Jeff Beck is boring should listen to the first cut, Earthquake. The dynamics and tension are a nice touch, listen as the middle section is like the eye of the storm, calm, but then Jeff rips it apart with his awesome, awe-inspiring solo. Classic. Roy’s Toy is another highlight piece with a funky groove (think “A Day in the House” from Guitar Shop, only even cooler).

For motorheads such as myself, this song has an extra bonus when we hear the 32 Ford roadster start up at the beginning and is used throughout the rest of the song. Jeff’s solo in this song is also quite inspiring and, simply, awesome. The next cut, Dirty Mind, is the single from the album. Jeff Beck’s wah pedal playing in this song is amoung the best I’ve ever heard. The technically staggering solo in the middle is the best wah wah solo that I’ve heard on an album.

Rollin’ and Tumblin’, the next song, features the soulful Imogene Heap on vocals. This awesome rendition of the song gives the Blues a new name. The solo section between Jeff and Imogene is very fun, awesome, and leaves you wondering how on earth Jeff Beck does it.

The next cut, Nadia, merits more detailed examination and we shall look it over in a little bit. Meanwhile, anyone who thinks they sound tough and menacing on their Strat (or any guitar, for that matter) should give Loose Cannon, the next song, a listen. The menacing riff in the beginning sets the tone for the whole song. The solos are also very mesmerizing, especially at the end where he hits two signature and totally Jeff Beck harmonics.

The sounds he gets out his simple Strat-Marshall setup are amazing. Rosebud is a funky piece with a groove and lick that will leave you humming and dancing afterwards. The next song, Left Hook, is among the best on the CD. Listen to the fade out… I can’t even explain it. You’ll have to listen for yourself, it’s that good. Blackbird/Suspension close this disc, and what an ending. The tone of album turns down a bit and is left with just Jeff, a bird, keyboards, and soft drums. Very emotional, as is all of Jeff’s playing, and very beautiful.

As I promised before we will now look at Nadia, the standout track of You Had It Coming. “Jeff’s signature tone is in full splendour here…” said another reviewer, and it is so true. Nadia will leave you scratching your head and asking yourself why you can’t get that kind of beauty out of your guitar. Not only is Nadia one of the most techincally difficult songs Jeff has ever done, it’s also one of the most beautiful. It’s just Jeff with keyboards and drums.

The up-tempo beat is also note worthy. You have to close your eyes when you listen to it to take it all in. Jeff switches amazingly between bottleneck and fingers, as well as doing whammy bar flutters. The sheer emotion of this track can bring a grown man to tears. Not much more can be said. Buy it and listen for yourself. I agree that Nadia is as good as Where Were You from Guitar Shop, and might even be better.

You Had It Coming is an awesome Jeff Beck album and is one of his best, if not the best, of his entire career.

Review Jeff Beck’s You Had It Coming is a great album. There is plenty of thick guitar tone and emotion to go around, and no one executes this the way Jeff Beck does. Mr. Beck also takes over most of the songwriting here, and it is nothing short of excellent. Overall, Jeff’s musicianship makes up for the whole record.

Once again, Jeff Beck proves he is the master of guitar. “Earthquake” is the perfect opener for an album of this genre, and Jeff’s ferocious guitar work leaves the listener either trying to do it himself or packing the guitar in forever (because no one’s as good as the master!). “Roy’s Toy” is the perfect song for the hot rodder (aka Motorhead) and Jeff’s guitar phrasing and tone do not disappoint. Great beat as well. Next we come to “Dirty Mind,” one of the highlights of the record.

This song is absolute wah bliss, and Jeff’s phrasing is amazing. He packs so much power and feeling within his playing and still manages to be technically amazing as well. “Rollin’ and Tumblin'” is the next track, and is perhaps the biggest surprise of the album. It is the only song on this album that features vocals, and Imogene Heap pulls them off with amazing skill. Her voice complements Jeff’s guitar quite nicely.

Next we come to “Nadia,” the climax of the record. “Nadia,” as said by many others, is the standout and is one Mr. Beck’s best tracks, ever. Everything fits here… his tone, his technique, his emotion, his delivery… this is the perfect guitar performance. It is not only astounding, it is also very beautiful, while not leaving you bored with a great beat backing Jeff up. An amazing song by an amazing guitar player that is worth the price of this album alone.

Truly a 5 star song. After “Nadia” comes “Loose Cannon,” another excellent song. If you think your guitar tone and playing is mean and tough, give a listen to “Loose Cannon.” Jeff tears up the fretboard, while adding emotional quality. The solo in the middle and end of the song leaves one wondering if Mr. Beck is actually a human. “Rosebud” dispells that, proving that he cannot be to pull off such a fine performance. Jeff still has funk in his blood, and “Rosebud” has one of the best melodies and beats on the album, and it is sure to get you dancing, as well as singing along with it afterwards. “Left Hook” is next, and is one of the best songs on the record.

Jeff’s playing on this track is so very excellent, especially toward the fadeout. I’m guilty of turning my stereo up every time to try to get every note that Mr. Beck throws in. The next song, “Blackbird,” features some of Jeff’s most awesome slide playing, ever. Here he jams along with a feathered friend, and neither disappoint the listener. “Suspension” is the closer of the disc, and is second best only to “Nadia.” Jeff’s playing is so emotional and graceful on this track, and the backing instruments really do a nice job of complementing the playing. Astounding.

Overall, this is one of Jeff Beck’s best, as well as one of rock guitar’s best.. ever!

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May 27, 2013 - Posted by | Jeff Beck You Had It Coming |

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