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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|
|12. Side Of The Road|
Drawing from hip-hop, folk, psychedlia, pop, rock and experimental, Beck defined himself as a warped poet in the '90s. Always changing and evloving his moods, Sea Change is a prime example of the singer/songwriters evolution within his craft. The finest example of Beck's talents as a singer, songwriter and musician. Finally the long awaited double Vinyl LP!
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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The reissue is excellent pressed on 2LP quality vinyl. The Golden Age and Paper Tiger are just plain strange and interesting tracks. Paper tiger could have been recorded on Beck's home system with that cool little drum intro. Then troubling sounding violins kick in which adds a whole new interesting dimension to the song. The chorus of Paper Tiger is sort catchy. Lonesome Tears starts with a cool little drum intro and also makes great use of violin arrangements.
This 2LP reissue is also not too expensive ($25.61 CAD + taxes on Amazon.ca), unlike the Mobile Fidelity LP which fetches over $500 these days. Beck's Midnight Vultures was more blatantly commercial but un commercial at the same time. The guitar playing on the this record coupled with Beck's melancholy voice sort of a throwback to Donovan or any great folk rock singer of the 60's and 70's sounds great. Beck's Guero album from 2005 is more like earlier Beck but also experimental. Beck's album Morning Phase is sort of a part II of Sea Change.
The track Already Dead features some very cool guitar pitch bending. Beck's vocals are influenced by Nick Drake amongst others I would think. The track Sunday Sun has that middle eastern feel Beck conjures up sort of like he recorded it on a caravan somewhere. You hear some of the middle eastern sounds in Paper Tiger as well with that heavy violin arrangement. Sunday Sun is a great psychadelic 60;s throwback tracking sounding sort of like it was influenced by Traffic's Paper Sun, sort a slower version. The track Little One could have been influenced by Nirvana considering how Beck sings this one; sounds like Cobain. The album closes with some great slide guitar and Fender Rhodes 73 action.
Sea Change is definitely worth checking out.
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.