Jeff Beck: Loud Hailer Review

Jeff Beck returns with Loud Hailer, his first album since 2010’s Emotion and Commotion. Beck may be 72 years old, but he sure doesn’t sound like it. Loud Hailer is fresh and edgy.

The album kicks off with “The Revolution Will Be Televised” and it really sets the pace for the album with its big sound. Rosie Bones handles the vocals on the album and fits nicely with the style Beck is going for. The single “Live In The Dark” follows and is a major album highlight. It’s a badass rocker and if Beck’s playing doesn’t get your head nodding I don’t know what will. The instrumental “Pull It” is next and just sounds huge. Things get political on “Thugs Club” and “Scared For The Children” is the standout ballad on the album featuring some beautiful playing. Things get really heavy and dirty with “Right Now” before slowing down on “Shame.” “Edna” is another instrumental before the album closes out with “The Ballad Of The Jersey Wives,” the funky “O.I.L.” and “Shrine.”

Loud Hailer is definitely a statement album from Beck. Make no mistake, at 72 years old, Beck can still rip as well as anyone. Loud Hailer is creative, engaging, and a true standout among the many great albums of 2016.

The Review: 9/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Live In the Dark
– Pull It
– Scared For The Children
– Right Now
– Shrine

The Big Hit

– Live In the Dark

Review by Pete Francis

Buy the album: Amazon

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