Beck wades in on Spotify debate: 'It's not working'

The singer also reveals he is recovering from a serious spinal injury

Beck wades in on Spotify debate: 'It's not working'

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Beck has criticised music streaming services, saying that sites like Spotify are "not working".

The singer joined the likes of Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich and Foals' Yannis Philippakis in accusing the service of not paying musicians enough.

"What Spotify pays me is not even enough to pay the musicians playing with me or the people working on the discs," he told Argentina's Pagina 12 in an interview first published in Spanish and then translated by blog The Future Heart. "It's not working. Something is going to have to give."

The "saddest" part, he added, "is the issue of sound quality". "It's like watching Citizen Kane on your phone. That's what people are listening to [online]!"

Beck also revealed that he is recovering from a major spinal injury. The singer, who recently announced that he will be releasing his new album 'Morning Phase' in February (2014) said he has been suffering from serious medical problems.

"I had some injuries," Beck said, "I had severe damage to my spine, but now it's improving so I'm back in the music. It was a long, long recovery. Lately I concentrated on playing guitar. Do not think I can move again as before, although I can give a lot onstage."

'Morning Phase', Beck's 12th studio album, is his first in six years, coming after 'Modern Guilt' in 2008. The album is described as being a "companion piece" to the largely acoustic 'Sea Change', released in 2002, and will include a number of guest stars.

Confirmed names set to appear on 'Morning Phase' include Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr, and Jason Falkner. A press release comparing the album to 'Sea Change' discusses how it, "harkens back to the stunning harmonies, songcraft and staggering emotional impact of that record, while surging forward with infectious optimism".

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