"I Won't Be Long"

  • Beck
  • "I Won't Be Long"

"Counting down the minutes/From an hourglass full of ice," Beck sings in this winningly paranoid ballad. He seems to chronicle government surveillance and social fragmentation ("Oh so silently we go"), singing in Thurston Moore mode, but he wraps it in gorgeous space-drone guitar and lavish 1980s production.

From The Archives Issue 1188: August 1, 2013