My all time guitar hero, Jeff Beck, has a new album. This should be very exciting for a devotee of the great mans unique playing... but then I heard some of the tracks and I can't say it's doing it for me.
His take on the old Screaming Jay Hawkins track 'I put a spell on you' (featuring Joss stone on vocals) is very competently done... and the guitar playing is good.... but it all sounds just a tad safe.
Safe is not a word usually associated with Jeff beck. In fact some of his work down the years has been pretty challenging, just listen to Guitar Shop or his excellent contribution to Roger Waters' amused to death albums and the guitar is just somewhere else. Great stuff.
The new album, Emotion & Commotion, just sounds like the kinda album they were trying to get him to make in the eighties... actually that was his last attempt at mainstream on the very poor album Flash. But the guitar playing was more dangerous on that, even if the songs were rubbish.
I'm not hugely disappointed, not every album can be great, but this album is getting a very big media push and for once the world is taking note of one of the often disregarded (by the mainstream) great rock guitarists but what they'll be buying could have been recorded by clapton and I don't think it would have sounded much different.