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New Song: Beck Returns to His Roots

The boho rocker rekindles love with lo-fi folk on the just-released tune, "Necessary Evil." Click here to listen!

By: Larry Fitzmaurice // February 25, 2009

He may have experimented with psychedelic and surf-rock sounds on 2008’s Modern Guilt, but Beck is still in touch with his lo-fi folk roots. And “Necessary Evil,” a Modern Guilt b-side just-released as part of a deluxe, iTunes U.K.-only edition of the album, recalls Beck’s humble beginnings with off-kilter acoustic guitar and scratchy vocals.

However, the song does find Beck lyrically musing on the same existential, what-does-it-all-mean quandary that Modern Guilt‘s best tracks explored: “Starting to wonder / What happens now?” he sings between soft sighs and bluesy slide guitar. “You’re driftin’ over the landmines / You’ll keep driftin’ ’til kingdom come.”

Listen below. Then ponder the nature of existence in the comments section.

Listen: Beck, “Necessary Evil”