Before Beck released his more than indecisive "Morning Phase" at the beginning of the year, he had spent six years writing songs he didn't want to record himself. Twenty of them, interpreted by other artists, now appear on the CD "Song Reader". The list of names reads impressively: Jack White, Norah Jones, the Sparks, Jarvis Cocker, David Johansen, Jeff Tweedy, Marc Ribot, Laura Marling and many more, not least in one track but Beck himself. But the times when he was unanimously considered a genius in song writing are apparently over. At least temporarily. The songs themselves are only average, and the half-hearted performances don't make them any better. Jarvis Cocker and Jack Black may push the curve a little higher. But all in all, this coupling remains as weak as Beck's own predecessors. One can only hope that his exceptional talent will not dry up forever.
Top track: Jack Black: We Are Wear Cloaks