14 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Deftly fleeing the sprawling cultural shadow of “Loser,” Beck’s second mainstream record represents a dazzling leap forward. But even as the Dust Brothers add a polished, hip-hop-indebted snap (especially on body-popping marvel “Where It’s At”), Beck never forgets the animating, restless weirdness that makes him so unique. “The New Pollution” brings sashaying '60s atmospherics, “Minus” packs a fizzing, punky snarl, and “Devils Haircut” sets a new high water-mark for Hansen’s lyrically obtuse pop witchcraft.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Deftly fleeing the sprawling cultural shadow of “Loser,” Beck’s second mainstream record represents a dazzling leap forward. But even as the Dust Brothers add a polished, hip-hop-indebted snap (especially on body-popping marvel “Where It’s At”), Beck never forgets the animating, restless weirdness that makes him so unique. “The New Pollution” brings sashaying '60s atmospherics, “Minus” packs a fizzing, punky snarl, and “Devils Haircut” sets a new high water-mark for Hansen’s lyrically obtuse pop witchcraft.

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