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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, February 1, 2009
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The music is deceptively simple and beautiful. The wackiness of Beck's previous efforts is gone and the blatant weirdness is replaced by an backward sincerity. Musically and lyrically, this album is very real. The music creates a soft bed upon which Beck's voice floats over, lands on, and sinks into. The vocal performance is in stark contrast to the "heartfelt" pop-vocal performances of today. Beck is whispering his sorrows in our collective ear, rather than screaming at us. It is a very bold and personal effort.
Sea Change, while not yet being called a concept album, seems to follow the appropriate rules for a concept album. The first song, "Golden Age" sets up the mood and the situation. "Put your hands on the wheel / Let the golden age begin / Let the window down / Feel the moonlight in your skin / Let the desert wind cool your aching head / Let the weight of the world drift away instead" Beck is welcoming us into his melancholy world, telling you to hold on, allow his sadness (moonlight) to touch you, and escape into his pain. Likewise, the song's instrumentation begins simply with an acoustic guitar and ends with a kind of electronic white noise.
The last song, "Side Of The Road", wraps up the journey by returning the listener to the road; the trip is over.Read more ›
The album starts off with the forlorn lullaby "The Golden Age" in which he admits "These days\ I hardly get by\ I don't even try". Beck hasn't been this open since 1998's sarcastically damper Mutations, and the only song on that record to reach this kind of emotional grab was the solemn "Nobody's Fault but My Own". 96's Odelay and 99's Midnite Vultures were fantastic, but songs like "Milk and Honey", "The New Pollution" and "Hollywood Freaks" offered up little for emotional resonance. Sea Change offers up only emotion, and it's the grim type. "Paper Tiger" rides on a wavy bass line and has orchestras floating in and out of the background while Beck mumbles "There's no road back to you". The music gets a little more cheerful on "Lost Cause" but with its chanting chorus of "Baby, I'm a Lost Cause", it doesn't stray too far. But all the funky, happy rhythms that Beck has made in his career can outweigh the utter glacier chill of the heart wrenching "Lonesome Tears". Beck howls under a maze of orchestras at the chorus "How could this love/Ever changing/Never change the way I feel" in a voice that would make the reaper sob. The song is haunting and sits itself right next to your heart. The entire album hits a spot in the listener's gut where it won't come loose. In a world of mostly forgettable and redundant music, Sea Change is a gem, even if the edges cut.
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I pretty much enjoy all things Beck but this one knocks it out of the park for me. It's mellow and very cool. I'd say "chill" but that would make me a moron so.... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very relaxing and unexpected CD. Even though it is spawned by immense sadness, it doesn't get you down.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was my first experience with multi-channel pure audio and had high expectations. I've never heard this particular Beck album but am familiar with some of his other stuff. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steve Carlisle
The best sounding audio I have. This is the last piece of demo material you'll ever need. Album is super depressing though.Published 3 months ago by Consumer C
This is definitely a bit of a darker, introspective album but it's one of my demo albums for my audiophile headphone setup. Read morePublished 4 months ago by PHOTOTRISTAN
it's no "Blood On The Tracks" by Bob Dylan. That said, this is astonishing and beautifulPublished 5 months ago by Alexandra Seifried
Beck is a great writer, singer, musician and composer. I like every son on this album.Published 5 months ago by Kiwi