Midnite Vultures (Ltd.Ed) Import
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|3. Mixed Bizness|
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|5. Hlwd. Freaks|
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|7. Broken Train|
|8. Milk & Honey|
|9. Beautiful Way|
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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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But then comes the low point of Vultures. 'Get Real Paid' & 'Hollywood Freaks' tap into the hip-hop side of Beck with terrible results. If there is one genre Beck shouldn't try to tap into as a ridiculously talented music artist, it's hip-hop.
But (thankfully) those are the only two songs on the album that fall into that category. The album finishes off beautifully with high points at 'Peaches and Cream', 'Milk & Honey', & 'Pressure Zone'.
Beck taps into new genres with every album. The '70s funk influence on this album shows the unsung genius of Beck and with the exception of the two tainted songs, Midnite Vultures is yet another great Beck album.
Sexx Laws: fat Stax horns with a banjo solo. Off-the-bat orgasm. A+
Nicotine and Gravy: dark and mysterious, crazy East Indian freak-out. A+
Mixed Bizness: great up-tempo number, used mercilessly by Fox once upon a time... A+
Get Real Paid: the spawn of the previous track's mating robots, Bananarama vs. Kraftwerk, takes getting used to. A
Hollywood Freaks: Beck does rap! We all dance! A+
Peaches and Cream: simply brilliant, keep your lamp light trimmed and burning. A+
Broken Train: a hobo-trip on a train. more acoustic based, slower. A
Milk and Honey: everything about this song is PERFECT!!! A+++
Beautiful Way: the only real acoustic song, could be off of "Mutations", gorgeous. A+
Pressure Zone: Michael Jackson given a rock booster. A+
Debra: his falsetto is amazing, the best song Prince never wrote. A+
I have heard people complain about the sonics overwhelming the melodies of these songs and making the irrelevant. That is not true! The sonics here enhance the songs and makes them a true pleasure to listen to, and the only album that was really playing near New Year's Eve on 1999. Aah, the memories. God bless Mr. Beck!
This is not "Odealy" 2 (much to the disappointment of many fans) but that's one of the best parts about "Vultures" and Beck himself. In a mix of U2's and Matchbox 20's that never change their sound, Beck has never released the same album twice. "Mellow Gold" embraced the alternative/grunge movement of the early 90's, stamped with his own folksy, nothing-matters brand of rock. The rap/country/shopping mall swagger of "Odealy" soon followed, as did "Mutations'" stripped down acoustia. And finally, "Midinite Vulters;" Beck's dance/electronica/Prince 1980's funk album.
The humor varies from simplistic to exhilirating on Beck's shout-from-the-rooftops chorus of "I wanna defy the logic of all sexx laws," to "mixing business with leather." Beck stays mostly in his sweet and sour falsetto for much of the album (like the highlights "Peaches and Cream" and the should-have-been single "Milk and Honey") while his range returns for the true to it's name "Beautiful Way," a rare acoutic track. There are only a few dull spots ("Get Real Paid"), but they are soon forgotten with the doubled-over hilarity of "Mixed Bizness" and "Debra." Images of Miami Vice optional.
Overall: 8 out of 10.
Most recent customer reviews
love this cd, its always in my player. I cannot stay in a bad mood after hearing these tunes. Audio prozac. Love ya beckPublished on May 11 2005 by Laura McCrone
This is one of the most enticing albums that have ever graced my ears. All tracks on the album are standouts, all could be singles. Read morePublished on July 4 2004
I can understand why people get scared off, they're trying to take this album too seriously. It's not about beautiful music and deep lyrics. Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by Ralph
Ok. "Where it's at" was a good tune. But an entire album in the same style? That is basically what this is. Does it work? Not really. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Jocko Jonson
Turn off the lights, turn on the Vultures, and you will find yourself dancing like the first caveman who ever stumbled on a boom box. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Eli Sokal
You could say this isn't a true Beck CD, but I would then challenge you to define what is true Beck. Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by Corey Hagemann
I love this cd. I also have Sea Change and Odelay, but this one is more funky and upbeat. The main theme of the cd is sex, apparent in the songs Sexx laws and Mixed Bizness. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003 by Alex Seydow
I am a Beck fan no doubt, but this album gets listened to less and less by me. After playing it for a few years now, I realized that I really only like 3 songs from it: "Sexx... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by H3@+h