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When the consensus is that you're the new Dylan, it's your prerogative to rewrite the record industry's rules. So in 1994, the same year Beck had major-label hits with "Loser" and the album Mellow Gold, he saw fit (and was allowed by his label, Geffen) to release three other records on various indie labels. While none challenged Beck's "real" album in quality or sales, Stereopathetic Soul Manure is his most successful collection of unpolished toss-offs. Collecting various low-fi recordings made between 1988 and '93, the record alternates between folkie strumming, pedal-steel country, noise-guitar freakouts, and bizarre soundbites. Not essential, but it has its charms. --Roni Sarig --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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What people don't understand is that Beck enjoys playing two definitive styles of music. There's "disco" Beck (Mellow Gold, Odelay, Midnight Vultures) and then there's "bizarro" Beck (Stereopathetic, One Foot in the Grave, Mutations, Sea Change). Unlike many pop stars today, he chooses NOT to mix all of his influences together to make one watered down, radiio friendly CD. He'd rather allow the music to stay pure, almost as an homage, and address his listeners with his amazing versatility. This man can play the piano, guitar, lap guitar, banjo, drums, and countless other intruments! He presents a tune from a familiar genre, and accentuates it with fantastically crafted, witty, hilarious lyrics, to which any young, lost liberal can relate. I am 32 now, and I still love blasting MODESTO, SATAN..., ROWBOAT, OZZY and THE SPIRIT... for my neighbors. I've played this CD for my buddies who like country music, and they really DON'T dig it--which is fine by me. This is not a country CD! There are a number of "folk" tunes, I'd say, with that undeniable Texas influence. You will never experience another CD like this one....I promise. If your metal head friends don't get it, blast PINK NOISE for them...all that late 80's hard core and speed metal come alive again! Listen to this CD, and you'll realize why Beck sings, "MTV makes me want to smoke crack." Apparently, he DID, and this may be the fruits of his "labor." A must have.
Alas, there is one lone brightspot on this offering. WHo can't love a tune called 'Satan Gave me a Taco'. The lyrics were humourous yet strangely familiar..and the tune was folky and had me moving a bit. Of course, by the time that solitary gem floated down my river, i had been subjected to all manner if sonic inhumanity. Its a painfull listen and certainly not neccesary unless you enjoy having your ears sodomized by bleeps, blaps and other nonsense.
and to you, Chad Curtis, musician extraordinaire, spare us the 'open your minds' speech. A turd is a turd buddy no matter how much perfume you put on it.
If you were to look eccentric up in a dictionary there is a good chance that "Stereopathetic Soulmanure" would be mentioned.
A loose collection of studio chatter and acoustic guitar S. S. is sure to leave you scratching your head in wonder, and don't be surprised if that scratching leaves your scalp raw and bloody. Nothing here makes sense, but the reason deficit is a pleasant break from whatever you have been listening to.
Tracks like "Satan Gave Me a Taco" actually are comprehensible, but they are few and far between. This album is closer to a drug experience than an ordinary music disc. If you have ever drank enough cough syrup to have a disassociate experience you know more or less how this album will make you feel.
Unlike anything you have ever heard before and unlike anything you will ever hear again. Beck's discs are all unique. Some people will describe this CD as his "country disc", and it is true there are some country chords here and there but acoustic guitar does not make country. Don't be turned off to this album if you don't like country music, this is Beck music, NOT country music.
My head is a jumbled mess. So is this review. So is this album. If you read this review you no doubt had to re-read a bunch of stuff to understand it. You will have to re-listen to Stereopathetic Soulmanure MANY times in order to understand it. If you aren't strapped for cash buy this album. If your funds are a little tight right now buy it used or search froogle.com. It is an experience you don't want to miss.
on a side note: some copies of this album have an extra track (a really long, weird, interesting, funny track that is really far out as the kids like to say :)
well anyway if your a beck fan this is a must have (of course then again what isn't)
Most recent customer reviews
a compilation of all manner of early material by beck. some of it is accessible and enduring, some of it just weird for weirdness's sake. Read morePublished on June 13 2004
I don't really care what that guy down there said about how this is a crappy record. This is really great. Seriously. I like it alot. Read morePublished on March 31 2004
This album is hilarious. Beck uses this as a tool to satirize all the lousy folk-blues which is all over the place. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004
Outre, Strange, Bizarre, Incomparable. Anything goes on this cd. Steropathetic Soul Manure is easily one of the strangest records I've ever heard in my life, quite dismal and... Read morePublished on May 4 2003 by Blackberries
Performs vocals as if in character. This album reminds me of early Ween. That lo-fi, throwaway, pranksterish quality. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2003 by wasabrah
There is no other album i have ever heard like this. Not even close. Some will think its a joke. Some will think its garbage. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2002 by alec
The first time I listened to this album, my friend said it sounded like Beck was practicing to get good. Oh I laugh when I think of this and many other things. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2002 by Justin N. Voorhees
but very entertaining nonetheless. To those prone to impulse buying I'd like to warn you that you have to be a big enough fan of Beck to get enjoyment out of a sampling of his... Read morePublished on March 10 2002 by Mike K.