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  • Audio CD (Sept. 24 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B00006F7S4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 431 customer reviews
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1. The Golden Age
2. Paper Tiger
3. Guess I'm Doing Fine
4. Lonesome Tears
5. Lost Cause
6. End Of The Day
7. It's All In Your Mind
8. Round The Bend
9. Already Dead
10. Sunday Sun
11. Little One

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Beck is bummed. Really bummed. And if song titles such as "Lost Cause," "Lonesome Tears," "Already Dead," and "Nothing I Haven't Seen" don't make the point, his achingly sad lyrics and Sea Change's unerringly downcast sound do. While 1998's Mutations--arguably the singer-songwriter's masterwork and Sea Change's spiritual cousin--was filled with unflinching self-examination, moments of levity were found in songs like "Tropicalia." Not so on Sea Change. Beck's woozy, almost narcoleptic delivery seems to amplify the set's sense of ennui. But sad isn't necessarily bad, and despite the somber tone, there's much to praise, not the least of which is the return of producer Nigel Goderich (Mutations, Radiohead) who wraps Beck's gloom in a dreamy, warm blanket of soft strings and floating bleeps and gurgles. Like Daniel Lanois, Goderich is all about vibe, and even Beck's most bare-bones songs benefit from billowy atmospherics. That's especially true of "Paper Tiger," a restless, slowly building epic improbably propelled by a languid orchestra and Beck's expressionless drone. The inky black feel of "Round the Bend"--a glacially slow dirge with muffled vocals--may be the darkest thing Beck's ever written, not counting the very grim "Already Dead." Whatever's going on in Beck's world, at least we know he's purging, which, all things considered, may be better for his soul than ours. --Kim Hughes

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Format: Audio CD
People blast this album by citing that Beck is trying to mature. This is not a case of maturation but a natural step in the musical genius of what is "Beck". Instead of maturation, this is the same kind of reinvention Beck has done in all is previous and later albums. One of the best parts of a new beck album is that it will be different but as wonderful as his previous works.

And that's what this is: wonderful. I bought this after falling in love with Beck's previous album, "Midnight Vultures" - the opposite of this album. While "Midnight Vultures" was loud and obnoxious (in a good way), "Sea Change" can be described by a title of his first album, 'Mellow Gold'. Sea change is a soft ride that ends up breaking your heart and lifting your spirits before it's through.

I read somewhere that this was inspired by a recent break-up from a long term girlfriend. You probably could have deduced that yourself if you listened to this album. With that said, this album is stunning and not emo goth kid "I hate my life" depressing fodder.

The emotion in this album is beautiful. This is due to the mix of Beck Hanson's monotone and deep voice and ambient backing music. Despite being criticized for that voice in the past, it works perfectly here. The flow and melody of this album is perfect for its type and no song seems misplaced.

I can't see anyone not liking this album. If you can accept that Beck varies his musical style with each record, you are sure to enjoy this album for what it is: unique and great in its own right. Remeber that you probably wouldn't be listening to "Sexx Laws" off 'Midnight Vultures' if a loved one just died. In the same way, your not going to be listening to 'Sea Change' while drinking beers with your friends.
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By A Customer on June 8 2004
Format: DVD Audio
this is beck at his finest hour. many people have been hesitant to call it a classic but i feel no shame. this is about as sad as it gets. but not in an angst sort of way, but in a "i miss you" sort of way. getting dumped ranks up in feeling like crap modes up there with running over an old lady nun in front of your grandmother. that was to stress how crappy it feels. now if this happens to you, and God forbid it ever does, the best thing to do besides massive alcohol and/or drug consumption is Beck's "Sea Change" because the drugs and alcohol are just about equal to the slow melting country guitar strum to Beck's given up desperate voice. this is the ultimate in late night, head phone, eyes watering, memories racing, half drunken closing your eyes in bed records.
it opens up with a guitar that breaks the listeners heart with the song the golden age. "put your hands on the wheel let the golden age begin" suggesting an ironic title to a sad ending chapter of a new life without your loved one. 'paper tiger' and 'lonesome tears' play with horns that roll across your head via your head phones like waves of sound. 'guess i'm doing fine' is a trying to move on song and lost cause is great too. 'end of the day' is a great song too touching country lines jsut as 'the golden age' did. its all in your mind is awesome. already dead is great and has its great trippy keyboard moments. sunday sun is a blast of sunshine that is unwanted in my opinion because at this point your depressed about your own problems and if your not you feel bad for beck. 'little one' is a short epic that is more of a look back on all the crap you've been through. the last track, side of the road, is a song suggesting giving up and trying to move on. but by the looks at this album and your own feelings after listening to it, you'd rather enjoy the music than move on because listening to beck is hell of a lot better than your buddy's break up advice of video games and porn.
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Format: Audio CD
Don't be fooled by the somber threads weaved through Sea Change. Beck's best release, to me, succeeds in lifting spirits. All things are relative I guess though. I found myself listening to this CD non-stop through the hottest days of summer in 2003. It is the soundtrack to all those still and muggy driftful naps by the pool, watching the ripples of liquid air dance off the surface of the concrete. I have never really been one to pay attention to lyrics, so if Beck had a message, I missed it. I was too captivated by the melodies themselves, brilliantly interweaved with lush strings and washes of sound that sway, tip, and dance through the melody like a painter forming the semblance of a figure on a canvas with just a few thoughtful strokes. You find yourself mesmerized by the experience. Somehow, even now I just can't get sad when I listen to it. It's too interesting! Some may see it as sad, and choose to listen while curled up under the blankets with all the light out. It certainly lends itself to that type of endeavor. I choose to let it make me happy. An album with intelligence and utter creativity that doesn't get old. Listen to it on a really good sound system, or through a good pair of phones, cranked up. Enjoy!!!
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By A Customer on April 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Seachange" is different from Beck's previous album of mostly folk ballads, "Mutations". Previously, many of Beck's stylings were more self-conscious and detached. It seemed as if he was merely copying the sounds of his influences and not being entirely convincing when being heartfelt. But that changes in "Seachange". While he is known for his irony, wit, unique and actually fantastic worldview, this CD is not about that. It's about making Beck authentic when he cannot rely on his irony and humour. This can only help him as an artist. And here, the aching and yearning in his voice is real, and the songwriting and production have progressed greatly. I believe "The Golden Age" to be one of his most accomplished songs ever. And many tracks are dramatic and complex.
However, the theme throughout this CD, both musically and lyrically, is pretty much the same througout. The theme of disillusionment and the bitterness of lost love can seem depressing and monotonous, perhaps because it is convincing. Also, on some tracks, it sounds as if Beck has been listening to a lot of Nick Drake, and on these occasions he once again falls into mimicry.
But ultimately, this CD is a true coming of age for Beck. Those wanting more of his renowned diversity and shifting of styles, not to mention his absolutely unique take on the world, will have to wait. Though I see it coming in grand, spectacular fashion. In the meantime this is a certain Beck faze that is moody and mellow, but it has undoubtedly changed him permanently. Melodic and low-key, with polished production and deceptively simple instrumentation- this CD showcases one certain aspect of Beck. Though there is so much more. And that other, larger-than-life aspect of Beck, which in the past has been accused of being too clever and too insincere, gets a major dose of reality from this CD.
[I give this CD 4 stars, though I always want to give Beck 5 stars...]
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