What's an album with no recorded music on it? That's the question
The contrarian "record" was a conceptual gambit (and, for sight-reading musicians, a chance to bring a Beck album to life at home). But now Beck has caved a little bit on the premise, and will release a recorded version of "Song Reader" featuring a huge roster of guests.
Norah Jones, Jack White, Fun.,
In a statement, Beck said, "It amazes me to hear how these musicians have made the songs their own and in the process revealed that the interpretation is the living, breathing soul of the piece...These interpretations have made the book something new -- something better."