Hurrying Along, Beck.

Hurrying Along, Beck.

For such a restlessly creative pop polymath, the eternally chameleonic Beck Hansen had, until rather recently, been astonishingly subdued in his artistic outpour although with a couple acoustic albums now touted for forthcoming release and with he and a cast of illustrious tens this week to recite his Song Reader sheet music at the Barbican Centre, he’s seemingly once again ready to get on with the show. And following on from the decidedly electric, inspirationally erratic Defriended comes the commensurately amplified I Won’t Be Long. A slinkier, and so too more readily accessible ditty powered by a pompous bass line that could buoy anything from Blondie to Metronomy, it’s more willingly aligned with Modern Guilt than it is Sea Change but were it never to achieve inclusion on any which record would be a minor travesty, for this is arguably Hansen’s most approachable pop opus for quite some while…

Beck plays the Barbican tomorrow night, before Union Chapel’s where it’s at on Sunday.

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