From last month’s Neil Young-inspired soundtrack single, “Looking For A Sign,” to last week’s “I Only Have Eyes for You” and now “Corrina, Corrina,” the interim since 2008’s Modern Guilt finds Beck reconnecting with the fundamentals of enduring songwriting. Add that 2010 LP covers series (Beck’s Record Club) to the mix and there’s even more evidence that Beck has been honing his craft a bit before the next full-length. It’s an interesting direction, for sure, especially given that he’s yet to stumble on any of these.
On the latest cut, an 84-year-old blues tune covered by the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Muddy Waters, and Charley Patton in the last century, Beck summons the forlorn feel of his own Sea Change, slowing down the number more than almost any of his predecessors. Beck seems to be down and out of late, perhaps, but he sure knows how to channel that into great one-off recordings. Check out “Corrina, Corrina” (via Pitchfork), a track off the new charity compilation by Every Mother Counts, below: