November 14, 2013


Severe Beck Pain: Singer Delayed New Music Due to Spine Damage

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Those grousing about Beck's lack of activity since 2008's Modern Guilt are about to feel like entitled, lowly whiners (no offense). The singer spoke to Argentinean news site Pagina12 (via Consequence of Sound) about his health, revealing that massive back pain led to a slowing down of his career.

“I had severe damage to my spine, but now it’s improving so I’m back in the music," the singer said. "It was a long, long recovery. Lately I concentrated on playing guitar. Do not think I can move again as before, although I can give a lot onstage.” The singer is set to return next February with his 12th album Morning Phase.

Spotify fans may not be hearing Morning Phase anytime soon, though. The singer derided the service for not paying equitably and shoddy sound quality.

"I pose the question of how I can hold on, because what Spotify pays me is not even enough to pay the musicians playing with me or the people working on the disks. The model does not work," said the singer. "I think the saddest thing about streaming is the issue of sound quality… it’s like watching The Citizen on your phone. That’s what people are listening to!… There are many opportunities to improve the digital files and I know that Neil Young is working on a system for that. Eventually, it will happen and people will fall in love with the music.”