Beak>

  • Record Label: Ipecac
  • Release Date: Nov 17, 2009
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Everything about Beak> is a cohesive, ambitious and thoughtfully-executed murky delight. A godsend of a record in these times of landfill indie.
  2. The ingredients, and the musical personalities, combine to make a very intriguing and invigorating listen.
  3. 80
    It’s far from perfect, sloppy and trance-like, but feels suffused with a blast of inspiration the musicians simply had to get out.
  4. Q Magazine
    80
    Anyone familiar with Portishead's magisterial Third and Barrow's production on The Horrors' Primary Colours knows the terrain-metronomic rhythms stretched like elastic; percussion as precise as surgery; disembodied keyboards and vocals. [Dec 2009, p.11]
  5. Beak> is as full of odd, compulsive energy as you'd expect from something cranked out in two weeks, made by a guy who probably had creative fuel to burn, considering that his day job took 11 years between their second and third albums.
  6. Beak> can at times be a frustrating listen, but a frustrating listen that is certainly not without its fruits, and these fruits can far outweigh the frustration.
  7. Uncut
    60
    Created under vows of artistic chastity (one room, no overdubs), yet played with the rambling freedom of an afternoon jam, Recordings...feels like a necessary reaction to Portishead, but seems unlikely as yet to usurp his day job. [Dec 2009, p. 85]
  8. Mojo
    60
    The mood is meditative, a West Coast dope-smoker's take on Neu!'s unvarying grooves; the songs are mostly named after ancient villages dotted around Somerset. [Dec 2009, p. 93]
  9. Overall, this material seems like it would kill if used as a soundtrack to a movie or TV show.... But sometimes, the experimental nature of the album goes too far.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 26, 2014
    10
    This album has been able to play on repeat in my car and computer for over two weeks. Great instrumentals to space out to. it is just anThis album has been able to play on repeat in my car and computer for over two weeks. Great instrumentals to space out to. it is just an amazing experience. Full Review »
  2. Oct 2, 2011
    8
    BEAK> is Geoff Barrow of Portishead plus two friends from Bristol. Itâ