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Flash, however, is not an album that dwells on the past. In the same way that he adapted jazz fusion to arena-rock dimensions on the mid-Seventies LPs Blow by Blow and Wired, Beck challenges the rigid discipline of Eighties dance music, with Arthur Baker producing two songs and Nile Rodgers writing and producing another four. In fact, these collaborations almost don't work; Rodgers essentially gives Beck a series of static groove tunes to gallop around in, as on "Get Workin'" (with Beck on vocals!) and "Ambitious." Baker, in turn, makes the guitarist fight for solo space, piling up keyboards and background vocals in a disco panorama on "Gets Us All in the End."

From The Archives Issue 555: June 29, 1989
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