Emotion And Commotion
There are Jeff Beck fans who claim that he has never made an avoidable album, but this return from a seven-year break could be described as superfluous. The lush production by Trevor Horn wreaks of an ulterior motive – the dinner-jazz audience maybe? And you have to question the wisdom of a 64-piece orchestra on a Jeff Beck album.
It starts well with a poignant Corpus Christi (based on Jeff Buckley’s version) followed by a rousing Hammerhead. But it soon sinks into a strange ambivalence, and it’s hard to believe Beck chose to cover Over The Rainbow, Lilac Wine or Nessun Dorma of his own free will.