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Midnite Vultures

BeckAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)

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Beck has traveled light years from being pegged as a reluctant generational spokesperson when “Loser” metamorphosed from a rejected demo to a ubiquitous smash. Instead he wound up crystallizing much of the post-modern ruckus of the ‘90s alternative explosion, but in his own unpredictable manner: Beck's singular career has been one that's seen him utilize all manners ... Read more in Amazon's Beck Store

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  • Audio CD (November 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B000030009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
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1. Sexx Laws
2. Nicotine & Gravy
3. Mixed Bizness
4. Get Real Paid
5. Hlwd. Freaks
6. Peaches & Cream
7. Broken Train
8. Milk & Honey
9. Beautiful Way
10. Pressure Zone
11. Debra

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When Beck mangles folk, hip-hop, country, blues, and lo-fi rock into a unique sonic species, he pays homage to his influences in a way that is utterly entertaining. Indeed, the alt-rock vagabond is responsible for some of the 1990s' most indispensable music. In his lesser moments, however, Beck's attempts at emulating his preceptors fall flat, creating only B-grade versions of the genuine articles. Midnite Vultures splits down the middle between the great Beck and the not-so-great Beck. About half the album gorges on retro pulp fiction, a "Becksploitation," if you will, where his relatively straightforward impersonations shortchange his influences. On the slow-burn soul tracks "Peaches and Cream" and "Debra" or the 808-driven tributary "Hlwd. Freaks," he lacks the pipes, heart, and history to pass as a legitimate double-breasted soul man or old-school rapper. The other half, finding Beck in his element, is exhilarating. His unfaltering studio mastery is especially evident on standouts such as the horn-punched "Sexx Laws," the steamy, slap-bass-blasted "Nicotine and Gravy," and the wah-wah bombast of "Mixed Bizness." The album proves that Beck playing the straight-up funkateer will never match ranks with the raw talents of Marvin Gaye, George Clinton, or Prince, but as long as he adheres to more inventive genre splicing, he remains compelling in his own right. --Beth Massa

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck gets it on the money! December 8, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The new Beck album is perfect. It's gorgeous. It's a delight. Do I sound hyperbolic? Or just plain hyper? "Midnite Vultures" has restored my faith in pop. Beck, I could pinch your cheek, you gangly, goony freak. What's so great about "Midnite Vultures"? "Sexx Laws", the disc's first cut, kicks out the jams all funky like, proving for a blue-eyed blond, Beck is super fly. In fact, only Prince, or the Artist Formerly Known As That Squiggly Symbol, rivals Beck in sheer funkability. Drawing from classic 1970s soul and R&B, as well as organ-tinged '60s kitsch, "Midnite Vultures" is full of homage -and irony. But not for one second does it sound derivative. How does Beck pull it off? By incorporating awesome horn blasts and go-go dancin' riffs Freaky banjo pickin' and hilarious lyrics. If "Nicotine & Gravy" doesn't bust your gut, you're dead. Then comes "Peaches & Cream", a sultry soul gem with nasty background vocals the likes of which you haven't heard since Squiggle Symbol ditched the Revolution. Or the New Power Generation. Whichever. Listen to Beck's homage to the Isleys and Barry White on the slo-jam "Debra". Hear Beck do a right-on falsetto. (Where did THAT come from?) And girl, you better step inside his Hyundai, when Beck asks you. This guy means LOVE. Oh, Beck, thank you. I needed "Midnite Vultures". We all did. Go on with your bad self. 5 STARS!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beck's 70s Dance Party! (Kind of) November 23, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Beck's new album, Midnite Vultures is on the whole a differnt bird than his other works so far. If you liked Odelay's aural brilliance and experiementation, Midnite Vultures will either shock you pleasantly or seem a little overworked and obscure. The opening track, "SEXX Laws," is a gassed up torent of 70s brass and big stage antics that gives a b-slap to all that voodoo daddy nonsense. "Hollywood Freaks," a blistering satire/homage to the modern R&B scene post-Puff Daddy comes off as playfull and has a nice groove.
"Peaches and Cream," is an interection between Prince's "Rasperry Beret" and kitch American advertising ideal. And it works in its repititions and scope. "Beautiful Way," obviously the best track on this album, is a folksy/traintrack-bluesy/post-woodstock track and could best be compared to the best song Beck ever wrote, "Nobody's Fault but My Own." It is a sad and rolling track about a girl going insane and destroying her life.
My personal favorite on the album is a track called "Debra," a 70s suburban love song again with a touch of Prince falsetto. (I want to get with you/ only you/ and your sister/ I think her name's Debra?) Overall, this album may seem a little less inspired and free than Odelay, but it is still better than anything that is out there now.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More surprises from a musical chameleon December 2, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I'm very envious of Beck and his freedom as an artist. "Mutations" absolutely blew me away and remains a staple in my CD player. "Midnight Vultures" displays more of Beck's irreverent lyrics and deft songwriting style, with more of an unbridled glee and jump-about thrill. The last five songs on the album are the real treat here, but the album unfolds much better than "Odelay" (which, as much of a Beck fan as I am...I could never appreciate). Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To both satirize and embrace commercialism... November 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This may not be the best album of the 90's, but it is certainly the album that sums this decade up. We've come from funk, arena rock, disco, hair metal, gangster rap, grunge, goth, and the shadow of Beefheart, only to have our precious advances swallowed and vomited back to us by commercial producers seeking to prey on our pop sensibilities.
How do you escape the shadow of consumerism? By laughing at it, breaking it apart, and piecing it together into a kicking party album that is so reminiscent of Prince's 1999, that Prince must have been predicting an album like this to happen. Every track on Midnite Vultures pokes holes in all the music we grew up with and weaves a surreal web of sex, self-hype, and ultimately fear and loathing.
"I can smell the VD in the club tonight." Yeah, and it smells like our future. Buy this album, savor it, and hope your kids understand it.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motown Porn Groove on the Good Ship menage a trois November 28, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Never before have I bought an album and been quite so blown away (save for Nine Inch Nails "The Fragile" or Self's "Breakfast with Girls"). This "official" follow-up to the Grammy winning "Odelay" is more than just a is the reigning king in the Beck repertoire. This album combines soulful motown loops with a sexy groove, and of course, is complete with the quirky ingenuity that is Beck. The CD begins with the brilliant "Sexxlaws", and continues to pound away with "Nicotine and Gravy". And if you think that the CD climaxes too early with "Mixed Bizness", then you haven't listened to the rest of the album. After an early 80s throwback ("Get Real Paid") and an homage to Puffy Style Rap ("Hlwd. Freaks"), he shines through with the remaining tracks (most notably "Peaches and Cream", "Milk & Honey", and "Pressure Zone"). The CD culminates with the silky-smooth "Debra" which drives the CD to a smart close, and pushes Beck's falsetto in a Prince-esque ode to the threesome. Overall, this disc is a must have for anyone who is looking for good music in this age of prefab rockers that couldn't write their way out of a musical hole in the ground.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy customer
Excellent. Very happy with price and delivery
Published 29 days ago by mark c. bridem
4.0 out of 5 stars Great overlooked album by BECK
I'm not the biggest BECK fan but I have some of his older stuff. As a lark I bought this one and found that it a great jamming album that I've listened to several times. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LynneSin
4.0 out of 5 stars Another change up from Beck
Not as commercially accessible, though it's one of the many reasons I love Beck.Sexy,funky vibe throughout.Sexx laws points out ridiculousness of a lot.
Published 6 months ago by cmcqueen71
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnite Vultures
Beck always delivers well written and performed music. I enjoyed this CD greatly and I am very glad I purchased it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck goes disco
Completely different from everything else that Beck has put out. This has a funky 70's vibe, and is completely ridiculous and fun.
Published 11 months ago by krans
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck is at it again...
I love this weird and bizarre Beck album. It is different from many in his repertoire because of its focus on almost a misinterpretation of certain styles of music. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alicia R. Morrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty great album.
One of Beck's earlier albums with a definite 90s feel. It's got a few songs that I really love such as Sexx Laws (I love that music video by the way), Peaches & Cream, and Debra... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Chris Kuieck
5.0 out of 5 stars If not Beck's best, it's darn close.
Great from start to finish. It's got everything-great pop hooks, the usual Beck-quality lyrics, plus satirical sensibilities. Read more
Published 19 months ago by mwl
4.0 out of 5 stars Used Vinyl
I thought this product was in great condition for being used. I was very happy to have found this album, althought it was a little pricey, it was definitely worth it!
Published 21 months ago by Missy
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck is a GENIUS!
Definitely my favorite Beck album! It's so funky, danceable, and hilarious that it's probably hazardous to listen to while operating a vehicle. LOVE IT!
Published on October 16, 2012 by P. Stevenson
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