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Midnite Vultures (Ltd.Ed) Import


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 23 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000030009
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)

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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4.2 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
Beck's 4th album is really exceptional for the most part but some songs taint the beauty of Midnite Vultures. While Beck in the past has touched on several music genres, Midnite Vultures gets to the '70s funk side of Beck. The first song, 'Sexx Laws' is the highlight of the album. It's one of those songs you just have to dance to, no matter what you're doing. The next two songs live up to the awesome funkiness of this album.
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.
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Beck took Prince's lyrics to his heart, as in 1999 he released this monolith of a party album, so accurately siphoning and paying homage to his R&B/soul influences it was scary. Every song on this disc is an aural delight, each with its own unique flavor and each a pleasure to listen to.
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!
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Beck is indescribable. He is his own adjective. He seems unable to cover anybody, and nobody seems to be able to cover him. No album of his is supremely "bad" so to put it, just different. And different is not bad, it's experimental. I must confess that I don't own any of his other albums with the exception of Midnight Vultures. But I have spent enough of my childhood around my sister's cd player to know what makes Beck, Beck. He has swung around to pay homage to funksters of the day such as (yes) Prince, James Brown and lounge singers around the nation. The first few songs, Sexx Laws (one of my absolute favorite songs to sing and drive people crazy with, trust me, it works), Nicotine and Gravy (where the hell did he get this from?), Mixed Bizness (The remix is better than the album version, but it's still a good song) and the hysterical factor of Get Real Paid are the highlights of Midnight Vultures. But everything after that (with the exception of concert classic, Debra) is wandering and drifting in the land of hip-hop funk odes. I don't regret buying this album, but it just doesn't stay in my cd player unless I'm in a funny mood.
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Format: Audio CD
Beck is indescribable. He is his own adjective. He seems unable to cover anybody, and nobody seems to be able to cover him. No album of his is supremely "bad" so to put it, just different. And different is not bad, it's experimental. I must confess that I don't own any of his other albums with the exception of Midnight Vultures. But I have spent enough of my childhood around my sister's cd player to know what makes Beck, Beck. He has swung around to pay homage to funksters of the day such as (yes) Prince, James Brown and lounge singers around the nation. The first few songs, Sexx Laws (one of my absolute favorite songs to sing and drive people crazy with, trust me, it works), Nicotine and Gravy (where the hell did he get this from?), Mixed Bizness (The remix is better than the album version, but it's still a good song) and the hysterical factor of Get Real Paid are the highlights of Midnight Vultures. But everything after that (with the exception of concert classic, Debra) is wandering and drifting in the land of hip-hop funk odes. I don't regret buying this album, but it just doesn't stay in my cd player unless I'm in a funny mood.
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Format: Audio CD
Even the avid Beck fans usually look over this one, contending that Beck is either trying to hard to pay tribute to, or worse, trying to BECOME Prince. Well, maybe they just don't understand Beck. Humor is not only a good thing in a "Rock and Roll will save me" world; it's essential. 1999's music industry was split right down the middle with teeny-boppers and and the then up-and-coming genre of rap-metal. Fans on either side of the split worshipped all to seriously. Thus, Beck's gem of an album "Midnite Vultures" was a unexpected wonder for the ever changing music industry trends.
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.
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