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Beck to return to guitars for new album


Story: Jack Foley

AFTER the pensive, subdued mood of Sea Change, Beck has announced that his next album, due for release in Summer 2004, will mark a return to the guitar sound that brought him some of his biggest hits to date.

The talented singer/songwriter, who was at his most hurt and vulnerable during Sea Change, has returned to the studio to begin work on his eighth album, for which he will he be reunited with longtime collaborators and Beastie Boys producers, the Dust Brothers and Dan the Automator.

Fans have also been told to expect a more raucous affair than his last record.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Beck described the new material as 'pretty aggressive', adding that he had been wanting to do a record with loud guitars for a long time.

"My early stuff was a lot more punked out and noisy, I didn't really let myself use big guitars for a lot of years," he explains in the interview.

"The early '90s was so saturated by big guitars that I became really interested by what I could do if you took all the guitars out - with the space that was left."

Now that the time is right, however, Beck also intends to return to the more freeform wordplay that characterised his first two albums, Mellow Gold and Odelay.

And don't rule out a collaboration with East Coast rap star, Timbaland - particularly as the two have been talking about working together for some time.

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