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Beck: Royal Albert Hall, London

Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 April 2003

AS A PROFESSIONAL ENIGMA, Beck Hansen has a reputation to maintain, and it is tiring work. He feels compelled to stay one step ahead of a demanding public. Already a master of pop collage - a niche art that recognises no boundaries between rock, hip hop or folk - he must be bored with being reliably unreliable. When he toured his recent Sea Change album around America with the Flaming Lips as his backing band, it was hard to miss the metaphorical sneer. If you think I'm off-the-wall, he seemed to snigger, check out these guys in their rabbit and dolphin costumes.

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