Beck's latest release was actually begun before last year's Guero, one of the top discs of 2005. But just when it seemed that the dude had his mojo back, he lets it slip on The Information, a strangely uneven CD that reveals the best—and worst—of the artist. Picking up right where Guero left off, the album starts strongly as the ever-eclectic Beck veers from the breezy California sound of "Think I'm in Love" to the funky hip-hop strut of "Cellphone's Dead." But things fall off considerably in the second half, where Beck indulges in too much aimless meandering, resulting in head-scratching moments like the space oddity "Exoskeleton."
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