Review of Beck – Song Reader (Universal Music Canada)

BeckBack in 2012, the charismatic and quirky Beck released a collection of sheet music with no accompanying record. Until now. But rather than being a straight-forward Beck album, a collection of musicians spanning multiple generations have instead come together to bring the music to life. And what a collection it is. Jack White, Norah Jones, fun., David Johansen, Jason Isbell, Loudon Wainwright III and Tweedy (Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer) turn in an interestingly diverse record that, despite not performing their own original material, manages to stay true to their respective creative spirits.