Back in 2012, Beck returned from a lengthy hiatus with Song Reader, an album composed entirely of sheet music that could only be heard through performance. Since then, Beck has staged three different concerts, where he and a cavalcade of special guests performed the material live. Now, he’s finally ready to offer a companion album of recorded music, and he’s once more enlisted the help of some big-name talent.
Song Reader features tracks from Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, Laura Marling, and Eleanor Friedberger, as well as Beck himself. And in a fun twist, actor/musician Jack Black also contributed to the project, marking what’s surely the first time Jack White and Jack Black appear on the same record.
Song Reader Tracklist:
01. Moses Sumney – Title of this Song
02. Fun – Please Leave A Light On When You Go
03. Tweedy – The Wolf is on the Hill
04. Norah Jones – Just Noise
05. Lord Huron – Last Night You Were A Dream
06. Bob Forrest – Saint Dude
07. Jack White – I’m Down
08. Beck – Heaven’s Ladder
09. Juanes – Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard
10. Laura Marling – Sorry
11. Jarvis Cocker – Eyes That Say “I Love You”
12. David Johansen – Rough On Rats
13. Jason Isbell – Now That Your Dollar Bills Have Sprouted Wings
14. The Last Polka – Marc Ribot
15. Eleanor Friedberger – Old Shanghai
16. Sparks – Why Did You Make Me Care?
17. Swamp Dogg – America, Here’s My Boy
18. Jack Black – We All Wear Cloaks
19. Loudon Wainwright III – Do We? We Do
20. Gabriel Kahane with Ymusic – Mutilation Rag