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Beck’s latest recording reaches into the dark

Photo courtesy of www.beck.comMusician gives the audience a peek into his personal demons.
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Holy Sea Change Beckman!

In 1999, Beck kicked the chair out from underneath his audience with his disco-weird funk album “Midnight Vultures.” He’s back with “Sea Change”, an acoustic heartbreak that seems purposefully contrasting. Where the prior filled every molecule of airspace with digital sound bytes and synthesized rhythms, “Sea Change” is quiet and mournful. Where “Midnight Vultures” was peppered with lyrics such as “Hot milk – Mmmm tweak my nipple – champaign and ripple – Shamans go cripple”, “Sea Change” is oozing with personal reflections like “I leave you here — wearing your wounds — waving your guns at somebody new — baby you’re lost — baby you’re a lost cause”.

“Sea Change” marks the second time Beck has teamed up with Radiohead’s producer Nigel Godrich, the first being for “Mutations” back in 1998.



Beck wrote “Sea Change” in two weeks following a break-up with a long-term girlfriend, and pain never sounded so sweet. Beck drops the hip-hop beats and double-edged puns for this one and lets his audience have a voyeuristic perspective into his personal situation like he’s never done before in his music.

The torture of letting go of the one you love and moving on is realized in “Lost Cause”, the humility of calling out for somebody who’s already turned their back on you is summed up in “It’s All in Your Mind”, and the pain of coping with being left behind is exemplified in “Side of the Road.”




Anyone who’s ever been in love and lost will connect with something here. One powerful album, arguably one of Beck’s best.


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