Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 3 0
September 21, 2006

Riding a trashy bass-and-guitar riff that sounds simultaneously bluesy and Radiohead-esque, this single from Beck's upcoming album finds him in free-associating Mellow Gold mode. But while the style isn't novel, the garage-band-in-space sound — clicking, super-syncopated LCD Soundsystem-style percussion, random bleeps and machine noises — breaks new ground for Beck and producer Nigel Godrich. It's not as polished as much of last year's Guero, but it may be more fun.

Song Review Main Next


Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...


Sort by:
    Read More
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.


    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “American Girl”

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

    It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

    More Song Stories entries »