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Beck

Born 8 July 1970.

alt rock, multi-instrumentalist Beck Hansen

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Beck talks to Zane Lowe

Zane catches up with Beck to talk about his latest record Morning Phase.

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Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell; July 8, 1970), known by the stage name Beck, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his lo-fi, sonically experimental style, and he became well known for creating musical collages of a wide range of styles. His later recordings encompass folk, funk, soul, hip hop, alternative rock, country, and psychedelia. He has released 12 studio albums, as well as several non-album singles and a book of sheet music.

Born in Los Angeles in 1970, Beck discovered hip hop and folk music in his teens and began to perform locally at coffeehouses and clubs. He moved to New York City in 1989 and became involved in the city's small but intense anti-folk movement. After returning to his hometown in the early 1990s, he cut his breakthrough single "Loser", which became a worldwide hit in 1994. His 1996 release Odelay produced hit singles, topped critic polls and won several awards. He released the stripped-down Mutations in 1998, and the funk-infused Midnite Vultures in 1999. The downcast, acoustic Sea Change (2002) showcased a more serious Beck, and 2005's Guero returned to sample-based production. The Information (2006) was inspired by electro-funk and hip hop, and Modern Guilt (2008), likewise, by 1960s music. In February 2014, Beck released the album Morning Phase.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of One Foot In The Grave: Deluxe Edition

    One Foot In The Grave: Deluxe Edition 2009

    Reviewed by Lou Thomas
    For Beck's most ardent followers to listen to in one go.
  2. Review of Modern Guilt

    Modern Guilt 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    A far from guilty pleasure.
  3. Review of Odelay - Deluxe Edition

    Odelay - Deluxe Edition 2008

    Reviewed by Susie Goldring
    If you think you knew him before, just wait 'til you meet him all over again...
  4. Review of Guero

    Guero 2005

    Reviewed by Matt Patterson
    'Que Onda, Guero?' (Where you going, White Boy?) is a good question; the answer, it...
  5. Review of Midnite Vultures

    Midnite Vultures 1999

    Reviewed by Jerome Blakeney
    It's a feisty and fun jaunt
  6. Review of Odelay

    Odelay 1996

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Beck can turn his funky little hand to just about anything.
  7. Review of Odelay

    Odelay 1996

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Beck could turn his funky little hand to just about anything.
  8. Review of Sea Change

    Sea Change

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Again and again, Beck's words reflect the cynicism born of betrayal and longing...
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