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Sea Change

Beck

2002

Sea Change

Album Summary

Sea Change is the eighth studio album by American musician Beck, released on September 24, 2002 by Geffen Records. Recorded over a two-month period in Los Angeles with producer Nigel Godrich, the album features themes of heartbreak and desolation, solitude, and loneliness. For the album, much of Beck's trademark cryptic and ironic lyrics were replaced by simpler, more sincere lyrical content. He also eschewed the heavy sampling of his previous albums for live instrumentation. Beck cited the breakup with his longtime girlfriend as the major influence on the album. Sea Change peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200, later being certified gold in 2005 by the RIAA. It was met with favorable responses from critics, who considered Beck's transition from sonically experimental work to emotionally charged balladry to be successful and convincing. The album later appeared in many publications' lists of the best albums of the 2000s, and it remains one of Beck's best-reviewed recordings."Lost Cause" and "Guess I'm Doing Fine" were released as promotional-only singles.

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Rating

3.3

Votes

4258

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
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I refreshed the page and it ate my review, so you get bullet points this time: • I just yesterday said I want my downer albums to at least thrash about a bit before collapsing under the weight of the world, so I appreciate that Sea Change has a little bit of that going on. • "Break up with Beck" produces solid results for a sad sack LP, although not as good as "introduce Trent Reznor to heroin." • This thing is way too long. Beck adheres to a "mope around with an acoustic guitar > introduce strings, maybe some synth > get all spacey in the closing seconds" flowchart far too closely here. • By the time he's singing "It's nothing that I haven't seen before" around the halfway point, I feel like I'm being pranked, except the only funny gag Sea Change has to offer is on Sunday Sun, where the little scamp seems to have recorded his verses with an Ed, Edd, n Eddy-sized Jawbreaker in his mouth. It's fine. I would've preferred Odelay, but of course I would. Key Tracks: The Golden Age

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5

Man what a beautiful album. The guitar playing is superb, Beck’s voice is on point and I love the lushness of the strings. The sadness is palpable here and I don’t know if this is an album that I can come back to often for that reason. But I do love this record. Favorite song: It’s All In Your Mind Least favorite song: Little One (I guess)

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4

Beck is sad. Sad Beck make song. Good time listen, feel bad for Beck. Golden Age, Lost Cause, and Round the Bend were great tracks.

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5

I love Beck. I never know what to expect, but it always sounds like him but never repetitive or boring

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2

While I didn’t hate the album, nothing held my interest.

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5

Love this record.

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5

I feel like this album is from the point of view of Major Tom, stuck out in space by himself after communication is lost from NASA, From David Bowe's song Space Oddity.

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5

Incredible vibes, and such a different sound from what I'm used to from Beck, especially the albums preceeding this. That being said, can't go wrong with this sound.

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5

Know it all too well. Can’t listen to it right now.

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5

Beck is one of my favorite artists so far and it was great to hear something a little more serious from him. Great stuff!

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5

*You're* crying.

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5

So different from what I expected with my knowledge of other Beck albums. A much more calm, melancholy vibe and feeling with slower tracks and more ambience. The riff-driven songs I know from Beck are replaced with swelling strings, soft acoustic guitars, and more feeling and emotional impact. What a cool album and a pleasant and welcome surprise.

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This album is the equivalent of like, doing the bare minimum extremely well. Production is PHENOMENAL and songwriting is primitive. It’s less impressive than his previous outings like mellow gold and odelay but some bangers hit the feels pretty well. Beck has no edge on sea change but he’s riding sad boy wave pretty well.

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It reminds me of Willy Wonka somehow. I like it.

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I was a huge Beck fan beginning with "Mellow Gold" and I must admit that this was the first album of his that was a disappointment to me. From this point on in his career I started to slowly drift away from him. My difficulty with this album stems from a couple things: 1) him reigning in his lyrics to be more conventional, and 2) the consistently depressed tone. I get it, he's human and went through a shitty ordeal with his girlfriend. It's completely understandable that he would want to express his feelings about that, but perhaps for a song or two, rather than a whole album. I don't expect him to be some kind of postmodern cartoon his whole career but what I always liked about him was the way he was able to balance a wide variety of emotions on an album, or even in a single song. Another thing that bugs me on this album is illustrated by "It's all in your mind," which is a remake of a much older song of his. I love the original version of that song but somehow the dour tone of "Sea Change" as a whole kind of drags it down - takes some of the raw spirit out of it somehow. I can enjoy these melancholy types of songs of his in a different context but as they are presented here all together I find them slightly off-putting. I think what it really comes down to is this: I find this album to be too pretty, too perfect. The lush string arrangements being a good example of this. I can understand why he would want to try for something like this as an artist; to carefully craft something pristine and beautiful, but to me it lacks the loose soul he so naturally exuded in the past. It's like if your girlfriend never really put on makeup or dressed in fancy clothes and then suddenly one day she decided to get this total makeover and buy a Versace evening gown. It's not that she wouldn't look beautiful, but it would come as quite a shock, and somehow it wouldn't feel like "her." However, one thing I didn't have back when it originally came out was a really good pair of headphones to listen this album with. I do now and must say the sound of the album is pretty exquisite. If I separate it from my own personal baggage and hang ups I can at least appreciate it as a sonic achievement. For an album of his that has similar qualities but isn't so completely emotionally bogged down and humorless, try "Mutations" - it is more balanced, and I believe, a superior album.

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On paper I should love this album. It's chill, melancholy folk. It sounds like an album that I would write. It just has the right flourishes of alternative sounds mixed in like the strings or synths. But I just don't love this album. The flourishes can be a bit overpowering and I just don't like Beck's voice. Put some Sufjan Stevens or Ray LaMontagne vocals on this instead and it might be a 5 star album for me. Between the voice and the weirdness of some of the back half I just don't enjoy it that much.

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2. Was bored.

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5

A little somber but excellent lyrics and songwriting

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5

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Meeeeeeh L

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5

Brilliant

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5

Melancholy Beck. Great stuff.

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5

I love this album so much. My first breakup album in 2017. It was perfect. Still perfect to this day.

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5

Such chill

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5

I’m not the biggest Beck fan. I like most of his stuff and admire how diverse his music is. But man… I love this album. I come back it occasionally when I’m in a certain mood. Great wallowing in sadness album. Great production by Nigel Godrich.

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5

Congratulations Beck, you sad Scientologist son of a so-and-so, you made one of the best albums of the early 2000s.

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5

Gently pulling my heart into the water

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5

Much like everyone listening to this record for the first time, I was expecting Beck's jokey, white-boy self. I was not expecting a genuine and deeply personal-sounding record. A similar vibe, in my mind, to "You Want It Darker" by Leonard Cohen: a record that I don't feel like I'm getting everything on first listen, and really want to sit down with and explore the layers. If I ever get my heart broken again, think this is the first record I'll look for. Favorite tracks: "Guess I'm Doing Fine", "Sunday Sun", "End Of the Day"

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5

Wow - so sad and so beautiful to listen to. Sonically fantastic, worth sitting down with a decent set of headphones. And a nice bottle of red. Turn it up and relive your most recent heartbreak, and cry just a little.

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5

Fantastic!

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5

I have a long standing love for this album - Beck does dreamy alt-country. "Mellow Gold" is my absolute fave Beck album, but you have to take the rough with the smooth there, whereas "Sea Change" is smooth sailing all the way. Fave track - "Guess I'm Doing Fine", maybe, or "Already Dead". This is very much a listen-to-the-whole-album piece for me, though, rather than picking out individual tracks...

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5

Super tranquille et mélancolique, mais tellement bien fait. Les arrangements sont superbes et ce n’est jamais mou.

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5

Got this when it came out and it blew me away. That hasn't changed with time. While it's a far cry from his usual near-mania - and may be lacking in appeal as a consequence - as a confessional album, it drives right to the center of me, and I hold it in slightly higher esteem than much of his other material.

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5

Even though it is a real slow pace, the songs are well written, passionate in the right places, and nearly all of them have a hook that i really enjoy. If you're in the mellow mood, this is perfect.

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5

Can't separate this one from real life. This came out almost exactly when I was ending a long-term relationship. That then became a relationship again. And then ended again. So dumb. But this was kind of the soundtrack to that, so it's hard to be objective. Still, I think all of this sounds great. I'd been a big fan of Beck since the beginning and this was all sort of a whole new range that really worked for me. Great stuff.

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5

Like a warm blanket next to a fire on a rainy day

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5

Never listened to this album closely. Always wrote it off as a boring departure for Beck. Of courses was way wrong.

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5

I enjoyed this album a lot. It's serious and sombre, which I like. I like how he touched on deep lyrical themes. I also like his vocals and the soft instrumentals.

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4

a little monotone but really good! I'll listen to this again, definitely

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4

Beck traded in his two turntables and a microphone for an acoustic guitar and an atmospheric sound, and it works. Melancholy was in in 2002, and this is among the best that era has to offer. Best track: Round the Bend

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4

prefer his other work but Sea Change still a classic.

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4

Sad space music. Isolating, cold, like having your face against a cold window. The window consistently catching your breath. Its well and snow comfy

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Own. Fave song “Lost Cause”. Kind of a classic. Kind of falls of 2nd half.

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Very emotional album. I’ve always really enjoyed it and I think it’s great 8,5/10

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Beck is not a loser, baby. I like the dark acoustic landscapes a lot.

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I like Beck for no reason I can actually identify. This album had a couple of tunes on it that I really like, and I didn't dislike any of them. Somehow, I think that makes it a 4 star effort?

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4

I definitely prefer eclectic genre-shuffling upbeat Beck (Odelay, Guero) to Sadboi Breakup Beck (Sea Change) but this is still really darn good!

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4

Really well made album, it sounds great, but it's not what I go to Beck for.

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4

Considering the motivation of this album... nice chill listen. I should really consider listening more of Beck

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4

Love this record. And I love when Beck would just drop a rando new style on you out of nowhere. "Lost Cause" is just one of the best he's ever done.

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4

mmmm ambience

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quite nice really

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4

Honestly, this warrants another listen as well. Beck is typically pretty nuanced, and maybe I just have to be in the right emotional state to have it hit real good. I wasn't this time, but I think I'd like to be.

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4

Easily my favorite Beck album

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4

muito bom mas deprimente

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4

Sadboi Beck. Def solid songs. A changeup from the Beck I'm used to. Never knew why I never touched down on this record; I own Odelay, Guero, Modern Guilt, and Mellow Gold

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4

I purchased the CD when it came out and was disappointed at how chill it was. I can appreciate it a lot more now but I think Beck is better when he is more funky

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4

Needs another listen. Very cool though

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4

This is really good. I was only familiar with Beck songs that are fairly popular, but haven't listened to any of his albums all the way through. Really mellow and thoughtful. 4 stars.

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4

I was not familiar with these songs from him, but I really enjoyed them!

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false

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Could tell Beck had been going through some tough times even if I hadn't read that beforehand. Good, atmospheric stuff. 7/10

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Sea Change is not just a record, it's a mood. Which makes it a great album to throw on and listen to in whole.

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4

Tasteful palette

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Highlights: The Golden Age, Paper Tiger, Little One This is a strong, but uncharacteristic offering from Beck, which normally you'd expect genre-stretching folk rock; Sea Change is a little more relaxed, letting Mr. Hanson stretch his legs a bit and dwell a little bit more on the details. Sandwiched between 1999's vivacious Midnight Vultures and the hand-bangin' Guero of 2005, 2002's Sea Change is a brisk 180° change in both directions...It's calm and melancholy, possibly because this was a fresh post-911 world. If Beck's mood swings make your head spin, buckle up, baby, you're gunna get plenty dizzy, because Beck is one of the most versatile musicians alive, and isn't afraid to take on new challenges.

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Muss erstmal rausfinden wer die Arrangements geschrieben hat - und wer ihm DAS angetan hat, was er da auf Albumlänge verarbeitet. Meine Güte, diese Opulenz! Dieses Schwelgen in Schwermut! Und dann auch wieder diese Kargheit und Reduktion, bei den Lyrics und selbst beim Orchester - denn hier ist ja kein Streicher und keine Slidegitarre zu viel eingesetzt. Huh, und bei Round The Bend weiß man gar nicht wohin mit sich, vor lauter Grim und Frost und Wärme und Panik und Lethargie, und die Sunday Sun schien auch schon mal freundlicher ... War dieser offenbar große Sea Change der Grund für Kurs auf den sicheren Hafen Scientology? Ich weiß es nicht (würde zeitlich aber passen). Was ich aber jetzt weiß: wie sich Umbruch im Hause Hansen anhört. Volle 4,4 dafür.

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Nach wilden Jahren juveniler cut up / hiphop Collagen mit viel Indie Charme und nerdy Ekklektizismus waren mir Beck‘s nachdenkliche „Larvenstadium“-Alben die liebsten. Ehe der schrill-funkige Weird-Pop der „Midnight Vultures“ sein neon-bunten Schmetterlingsflügel ausbreiten konnte, brauchte es „Mutations“. Nach schmerzhafter Trennung von seiner langjährigen Freundin/Verlobten war ein Bedürfnis nach erneuter Introspektion, Bestandsaufnahme und Veränderung groß. „Sea Change“ war diese 2. Verpuppung, und strahlt dabei die weltenflüchtige Wärme eines Songwriter Albums der Siebziger aus; dezenter Elektronik-Flitter setzt leichte Akzente und hilft ein Gegengewicht zu halten zur meist nachvollziehbar melancholischen und dunkel orchestraler Grundstimmung. Es klingt so vertraut und wächst noch ein Stückchen über sich hinaus; dies wäre auch heute noch eine bemerkenswerte Neuerscheinung. Lobende 3.9

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Beautiful album.

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Od takiej strony jeszcze nie znalem Becka, bo sluchalem jedynie 2 pierwszych albumikow, ktore wydostaly sie z podziemia, wiec mellow gold i odelay, bo wczesniej chyba nagral 3 inne, ktore jednak nie sa zbyt szeroko dostepne, wiec Beck kojarzyl mi sie zawsze z indyjskim rockiem, ostrymi gitarkami elektrykami, liryka buntowniczej punkowosci i dziwnosci, a na tym albumie pokazal sie z calkiem innej strony, wiekszosc kawalkow to kompozycje napisane w oparciu o akustyka, nie ma tutaj energii ktora byla w wielu miejsach wrecz szoutowana zamiast spiewana, jej miejsce zajely szepty na iscie donowanowych hipnotycznych melodiach, lirycznie jest to material ala blonde on blonde, czyli opowiesc o rozpadzie zwiazku, jest to motyw przewodni calej plyty, wiec mocno gloomerowe viby, osamotnienie alienacja, caly ten jam, o wiele lepszy poziom instrumentalny niz na poprzednich albumikach, zwazajac na to, ze sam Beck opierdziela 6 instrumentow na albumie, to jeszcze 10 osobowa ekipa grajkow studyjnych zostala zebrana i efektem jest krispowy brzmiacy wysoce estetyczny smutek w formie zapisanej w formie dzwiekowej, po tym przesluchu mam uczucie jakbym odkryl artyste na nowo, wiec bedzie czeba dac szanse rowniez innym albumikom jesli bedzie czas i okazja, na plejke wrzucam paper tigera, already dead i end of the day

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Beck’s voice seems to be part of the fabric of a lot of music I’ve enjoyed from the mid 90s through to now, whether that be his own stuff or guest vocals...and yet I’ve never listened to a full album of his. Enjoyed this...good music to listen to over dinner. Reminiscent of Nick Drake, The Beatles (sorry Ash), Pink Floyd and even Zero 7 in places. Solid album which I’ve added to my Spotify.

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4

Never listened to this in full prior to today. A really good album that I will definitely revisit.

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4

Very chill to listen to at night while working on art!

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love it!

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4

Nice background music

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Gentle

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4

Hadn't heard this album before. Much more chill and less rock-heavy than very familiar albums like Odelay and Guero, but I liked it. It showed some strong melody and had a consistent lower-key mood about it.

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4

nice album, great sweeping, serious songs. runs out of steam a little by the end but very good overall

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4

I love Beck, although this is his slowest and most somber album. As a standalone I'm not sure it works, although it does have some songs I like. But, as part of the Beck discography it fits in and is critical, in a way.

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4

Revisiting this album is both a blessing and a curse. The songwriting is still so far ahead of contemporaries, but now comparing it to the later Morning Phase album shows a less polished effort. Even when stacked against that, this album still shines, just not as bright.

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4

Very Beck, I think the opening number is so similar to his number morning from 2014. What can I say, It is one of the most sundayish albums, a relaxing and mellow feeling that I really like.

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4

Nice and sad, easy to listen to

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4

becks a weirdo but he makes a good album

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4

Chill vibes and really nice acoustic instrumentation. I never really got into Beck for whatever reason in spite of liking a lot of similar music but I dig this album.

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4

its a bit dull at times but it is a great work. Lost Cause is a timeless classic even if it did not top the charts. it is the most convincing change of direction on their 8th album by any artist.

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4

A really nice surprise- I love a bit of chilled acoustic Beck (morning phase being a good example) and I’ve clearly let this pass me by back in the day - loved it and will be back for more

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4

Had to listen to this twice to really get a feel for it. The music kind of sits in a comfortable place between country, folk, and Coldplay/Radiohead-style early-2000s rock. It's very pleasant to listen to! Beck's vocals are very low-key and underplayed, while still packing in quite a bit of emotion. I've been oscillating between 3 and 4 stars, but I think I talked myself up to 4. Lonesome Tears is the track that did it for me.

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4

I love this album. Lush strings and some extremely well-placed devastating chord changes. I fell in love with Beck's music from this album, and is still the one I go to if I want a fix o' Beck.

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4

A bit on the slow and sad side, but I enjoyed it. The melodies are nice and I love the sound of the guitar. The acoustic sound is mellow and relaxing.

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4

Not an upbeat album, very much a downbeat, pensive, thoughtful time listen. Listened to it a lot when it came out.

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4

I rated Odelay by Beck 2 stars. Can't really remember why because my review stated that I don't have much to say about Beck. I guess I don't have all too much to say about this one either, though I like it much better. It's very melancholy and it sounds pretty good. That's really it.

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4

There's a slide or pedal in the very beginning: A strong opening which would usually cast the other sonics in country colors. The string sections alongside are arranged like soundtracks. There's noise, too: occasional distortion, creaks, what appears to be an engine. It all comes together, surprisingly, into a post-rock effect. Not something that would obviously work with pop music. Accessible is what the words and arrangements make each track. Masterfully prepared.

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4

Not what I expected at all but pleasantly surprised!

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4

A little too chill for me, but I enjoyed it.

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4

Didn't took my attention really, but sounds interesting

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4

Sombere teksten met hier en daar een iets harder gitaarklankje. Om wel eens te herluisteren op een gepast moment

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4

4.0 + A very different direction for Beck after coming off some freaky pan-genre explorations via "Odelay" and "Midnite Vultures" (also terrific records). Here's Beck's breakup album that draws inspiration from the American songbook with soft inflections of other genres, all modernized with subtle studio flourishes to keep sparkle in the background. It's mostly downtempo with uncomplicated chord structures, with the exception of "Paper Tiger" which is just awesome. Some will find this album a little staid and even boring. At times, the breakup aspect of this album feels a little on-the-nose. Still, it maintains a morose atmosphere that I find quite pretty.

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Muy bonitriste álbum. Sigue siendo uno que me gusta, aunque no lo escucho tan seguido. Me da paz (?) 8.5/10

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4

Even though this album was a huge change from his previous work it is just as good. Just don't expect two turntables and a microphone.

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311221 16:43 3.5

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4

2002. Lost Cause, Little One, The Golden Age

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4

Not my favorite beck album. A little slow and a little too country.

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4

Surprisingly different from his usual stuff. Really enjoyed it

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4

A nice surprise

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4

Loved it.

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4

I've heard about half of these songs, this is a really cozy album. I wouldn't say I'm a Beck "fan", but this album is pretty darn good.

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4

I think this is a bold change of pace for Beck, and I like the album. I don't love it, as there are a handful of weaker songs but it stands out in his discography as an outlier.

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unaufdringlich melancholisch, aber nicht kitschig, immer a little bit country, paper tiger instrumentierung ist der star - eels schaun vorbei - understated aufwändig produziert - lo-fi dynamisch. Bruder im Geiste von Springsteens Nebraska. schön. Top songs: Paper tiger, its all in your mind, round the bend,

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4

This album is so much darker than I remembered, or maybe I am hearing it differently than when I was in high school. Beck has captured melancholy in a beautiful way. This album brings feelings of wanderlust and apathy together. Lost Cause is the standout favourite, although Golden Age is a tight second.

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4

Very chill and pleasant listening, I really enjoyed this album. The addition of the sound-effects/production (for lack of a better term) was really well done. Favourite tracks: The Golden Age, Guess I'm Doing Fine, Already Dead,

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4

Chill. Good lyrics. I would add to mood playlists. Will listen to more Beck.

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4

Muy buen disco

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Awesome

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4

Don't have much time to review, but I really liked this album. Beck does bittersweet really well. I like Morning Phase better as an album, but this one serves as a nice companion piece

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4

yup

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I love the feel of this album. It’s languid, contemplative, intimate, with songs that linger with you long after they’re over. Beck starts with a bit of a warm Laurel Canyon-ish vibe, building on it with some really gorgeous string arrangements that give great depth to the sound. The lyrics are desolate, bleak and painful. Anyone who has experienced loss will feel these songs in their bones. The album is on the long side, without much change in tone to move it along. Beck’s trapped in an emotional inertia here, and so are we as listeners. It's a heavy listen, but really beautiful. Fave Songs: The Golden Age, Guess I'm Doing Fine, Lost Cause, Lonesome Tears, Already Dead, All in Your Mind

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4

Beck was clearly Going Through Some Stuff when doing this record - it's much more low key and downbeat than some of his other offerings, but a great theme that he works well. Nigel Godrich's production shines, particularly on tracks like Round the Bend which sounds like Radiohead done by Nick Drake. Packs a powerful punch, if a bit gloomy. But a great one to have on if you want a wallow.

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Melancólico y lindo. Triste y con buenos arreglos. Todo el disco va en línea con Fighting for a Lost Cause que es la única que ya conocía. 3.5 que sube a 4

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4

Stronger than I remembered (and I liked it at the time)!

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4

Wow, great album, moody, but does so much with it. How did I not get into this when it came out?!?

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Iako sam veći fan njegovih ranijih albuma gdje je lo-filija izražena <3, ovaj album ipak spada među dražima sa favoritima poput: The Golden Age, Guess I'm Doing Fine, Lost Cause, It's All In Your Mind (više volim raniju verziju u razdoblju Mellow Golda) i Little One. Znaš da je album dobar čim nabrzaka možeš nabrojati dobre pjesme. Album ima te nijanse ljepote, lagane gitare, dašak suvremenog folka, sve u svemu lagano, a lijepo! Šteta šta ipak neće doći na inMusic :(

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4

Melancholy, chilled, its a good listen for a nice quiet drive home

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4

Sad Beck is my least favorite Beck, but it's still pretty good.

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4.5/5. Very nice, soothin.

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No hip-hop, samples, funk, falsettos, just a ruminative downbeat selection of gorgeous acoustic ballads. If ever you doubted he was hiding a lack of songwriting behind over-complex arrangements, this should set you straight.

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very chill. worth another listen

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I’m not going through a break up right now, but keeping this one in reserve if that does come up… Nice to get it over a weekend so had the chance to listen a few times. I’m not sure what it reminds me of Pink Floyd/ Neil Young but I doubt I’d guess it was Beck, glad he’s got the freedom to release what he’s feeling though.

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8/10 Best Song - Guess I’m doing fine

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Sea Change by Beck (2002) It’s fitting that this record should be introduced to me on a morning when the ice is quickly melting off the window panes, but the overcast sky refuses to yield to sunlight. The artist picks up his acoustic guitar and sings a young man’s songs for an old man’s ears. This album is a decided improvement over Beck’s earlier work Odelay (1996), which was marred by its lack of direction and its dependence on ‘electronic factory’ sound and aimless, intentionally absurd lyrics. In Sea Change (2002), however, a 32-year-old Beck emerges as a mature musician, with his scaled-back, laid-back acoustic-heavy ambience, and where the electronic sounds are reduced to appropriate accents (almost always at the end of each track, as if to remind us that this is still, after all, Beck). While studiously avoiding convention, he nevertheless gives us poetic messages that cohere both rationally and emotionally. These tracks are truly songs. And Beck has assembled skilled musicians, arrangers, and a production team to provide body and scope to his compositions. “Guess I’m Doing Fine” is an indisputably moving lament about a love that’s over—a memorable expression of feelings in the middle ground between despair and hope. It is set in a suitably slow country mood, evoking both melancholy and ambivalence: “It's only lies that I'm living It's only tears that I'm crying It's only you that I'm losing Guess I'm doing fine” The inventive and complex string arrangements on “Paper Tiger”, “Lonesome Tears”, and “Round the Bend” add a sense of musical authenticity to deeply discerned passions, with enough innovation and harmonic complexity to generate continued interest. These three tracks alone are worth the price of admission. “Lost Cause” and “End of the Day” are convincing songs, where the listener feels the pain having to come to grips with the fact that it’s over. If you’ve ever been there . . . This album will put you in a mood. Good music does that. 4/5

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Je préfère Beck lorsqu'il est plus éclaté, mais cet album surprend. Les arrangements sont superbes. Un album dans ce mood n'est pas un disque qu'on sort n'importe quand, mais par une journée pluvieuse comme hier, c'est parfait. Pièces préférées: Lonesome Tears, Paper Tiger, , Lost Cause

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Je connais mal Beck mais c'est toujours bon quand j'en entends. D'emblée les ballades guitare voix, vous aurez compris, c'est pas trop mon truc mais rapidement j'ai bien vu que c'était plus que ça! La réalisation est juste débile, ça sonne comme c'est pas possible! Les tones de drums sont fous! J'écoute sans lire et j'ai eu deux en deux en pensant à Mélodie Nelson (track 2 évidemment) et à neil young plus tard. J'y ai capté des échos lointain de Nirvana et Radiohead aussi. Les arrangements de cordes sont biens, pas trop sirupeux, les petits bouts plus atonaux dans les solos de guits et piano en fin de pistes sont parfait, les synths lointains et pianos à l'envers. Bref j'ai tripé !

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Just what I wanted from beck. Melancholic lyrics but never to the point of melodrama, and with a sound to match

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Sedate

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This is very good, on the basis that you like music that shuffles about and murmurs to itself without particularly going anywhere. But why should it? It's a cozy, finely wrought soundscape that Beck has pieced together here, and the result is an album that is a quiet joy. Why not a five? Perhaps it's just a little too comfortable with itself. A minor criticism though...

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After only really knowing Beck from the song Loser. I don't quite know what I was expecting, maybe something that made less sense? I liked this one a lot.

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Beck is kind of a Generation X version of Neil Young on 'Sea Change.' But, with a lower voice. Any number of these acoustic songs- ‘The Golden Age,’ ‘Guess I’m Doing Fine,’ ‘Side of the Road’- they all have that Neil Young sound and feel, even complete with pedal steel and slide guitar (featuring Smokey Hormel, which is the perfect name for a slide guitarist.) But he also gives a nod to the Beatles with a ‘Day in the Life’ ending on ‘Lonesome Tears’ and a drone improvisational conclusion to ‘Little One’ that would have easily fit alongside the other psychedelic pop on 'The Magical Mystery Tour.' His supporting cast are all subtly superb, especially bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen, who shows how it’s done on ‘Paper Tiger,’ for example, and keyboardist Roger Joseph Manning Jr, who empties out the kitchen sink on ‘Sunday Sun’ with everything from the Clavinet to harmonium. And the secret sauce to this whole thing are the marvelous ambient sounds that pop in and out of virtually every song (especially the outros) like the varmints in a whack a mole game. Imagine composer Steve Roach sprinkling Neil Young’s Harvest with synthesized atmospheric dust and you’ll get the idea. But the three numbers that really put this thing over the top were David Campbell’s creative and lush string arrangements on ‘Paper Tiger,’ ‘Lonesome Tears,’ and ‘Round the Bend.’ With a tinge of an almost Middle Eastern vibe, these three songs were a sonic contrast to the otherwise simpler acoustic country/folk tunes. Again, think of ‘There’s A World,’ and ‘A Man Needs a Maid,’ off of Neil Young’s Harvest. Campbell’s scoring accentuates the defeated and desolate nature of these compositions, written in the aftermath of Beck’s discovery that his fiancée had cheated on him, thus ending their nine-year relationship. The songs on 'Sea Change' develop slowly, so be patient. And don’t expect to find much here other than just an outpouring of hurt. The whole LP is like the raw recovery following major surgery. It’s an inspired work of art that you’ll probably seldom want to play. But when you do… well, research has shown that country music, more than any other genre, causes its listeners to consume alcohol. Between that, and Beck’s desolate lyrics, you’re gonna want to make sure you’ve got plenty of beer iced down before you drop the needle on this one.

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I guess I'm not totally indifferent to Beck; I do like some of his songs. And, this album is right there with "Odelay" as my favorite. It is quite the depressing affair though. This album was recorded after the break-up of Beck and his girlfriend of nine years. All of the songs deal with heartbreak, desolation, solitude, loneliness or depression and were actually written over eight years but not accumulated into one album until this. Lots of allusions to deserts and roads. Most of these songs are ballads with background string arrangements, a change from previous albums. The production and acoustic/string arrangements are both very good. The lyrics of this album are very straight-forward; this is a break-up album. Not the high-end drama of the Afghan's Whigs' "Gentlemen," much, much, much more subdued to say the least. My favorite songs happen to be more popular ones too. "Sea Change" has an almost Stones' "Angie" start with acoustic and slide guitars. Allusions to desolation uses deserts and driving. "Guess I'm Doing Fine" and "Lost Cause" are very specifically about breaking up and have a very sad and beautiful feel to them. Definitely not the happiest music to start the week with but may be Beck's high water mark.

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I'm a huge fan of Beck after listening to Mellow Gold, Odelay, and Guero. He's always doing something different. Here we have melancholic folk rock with country and baroque influences. The lyrics are clear and reflective (as opposed to his other nonsensical work), with atmospheric accompaniments that range from tense to relaxed. Songs like "Round the Bend" remind me of 70s folk artists, although I can't remember who. (Leonard Cohen?) Complaints: Too long at over 50 minutes. It's all a bit formulaic. I thought tracks 6-8 were weak and lost the momentum. Favorites: Golden Age, Guess I'm Doing Fine, Lost Cause, Already Dead

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I remember this album surprising me when it came out. Sea Change is more my speed. Acoustic, melancholic. It showcased a stripped-down Beck with a simple focus on writing break-up songs. It works. Beck feels sad and we all mope with him.

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The album is fantastic but due to the sad nature I don’t think I will be returning that oftern

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Melancholy and soft. Good stuff, but it lacks the sort of humor and fun of other Beck stuff I have listened to, which does bring it down a hair for me.

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One of the most underrated Beck albums.

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Not my favourite Beck album, but a Beck album is a Beck album, sooooo

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Or 'Beck goes emo' - following the slacker, funk, tropicalia, and the downright weird, Beck worked with Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Travis, producer du jour) on this maudlin collection of ballads inspired by a break up. It's probably his most consistent album, everything is engaging and the string arrangements are fantastic. Guess I'm Doing Fine and Lonesome Tears are particular highlights. Only thing is I miss fun Beck on this - perhaps one or two more upbeat tracks would have made this a 5 star album.

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This album shows Beck trying to make sense of a breakup by dropping the sarcasm and experimentation in favor of a more stripped down and earnest approach. For the most part, I would say that it works very well. Beck’s voice is almost languid, as though the emotion makes it difficult to sing. The instrumentation is simple but effective as acoustic guitar and strings usually are in conveying sadness. The album is a bit too long.

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Enjoyed that this wasn't a quirky album. That's usually what's turned me off to Beck. It felt very serious in a singer-songwriter/country/folk kind of way. I loved the production on this, especially the strings.

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Big fan of Odelay and Vultures, I've been a sporadic fan since. One of those artists I keep intending to get through their last few albums but I never quite do. So, um yeah, this one took me almost 20 years to get around to. Oops. Woah, Paper Tiger. Getting his Serge on. Ooh, it's sad Beck. Okay. Lush production on Lonesome Tears. Gorgeous song. Some of the quieter ones I think are going to take a few listens to appreciate. At the end, yeah, rating this after one listen feels fraudulent. But I will definitely revisit this.

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this was really nice! i've liked beck's stuff before, but this makes me think i should check out his full discography. this album at least deserves a close listen.

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"Lost Cause", one of my all-time favorite songs from Beck, is on this album. I have listened to Sea Change before and several of the songs from the album more than once. One of my big music regrets was not taking time to see Beck when he toured for this album along with the Flaming Lips (who were touring for their album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots). This is a mellow album with a calm energy. As such, the album does not frequently come to mind when I'm looking for something to listen to. At the same time, if anyone were to suggest that I listen to this album, I would easily listen to the whole thing again.

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Malo mi je izgubio s godinama

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Sad boi Beck.

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Cheeelin

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Not sure I ever had the patience for Beck before now. I really enjoyed sitting with this album.

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Beck is sad so he trades his two turntables and his microhpone for an acoustic guitar and lush string arrangements. Nigel Godrich does an outstanding job behind the board, to the point where his production actually outshines Beck's compositions on some of the last tracks of the album. Up to that point, this was the first time that Beck showed a more personal side of him so Sea Changes is notable for that. Also the songs are mostly really good, particularly the first five.

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3

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closer to a 3.5

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Love it

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It's alright but I guess the lyrics are what's making it as the music isn't too special for me and the singing is kind of mumbly

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Liked it a lot, was expecting a lot more wierd stuff. But nope nice smooth album will listen again.

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I much prefer my sad songs to not be so slow, which I know sounds silly. It was alright. I think the combination of his voice and the slowness of the songs got to me after a bit. Made it feel like it dragged on a bit. I also don’t like that it seems like he’s mumbling a bit. I don’t mind incomprehensible lyrics but this type of singing is not my cup of tea. All that being said, definitely not the worst album.

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Bit miserable but ok. Forgettable

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Mood triste - mais pas mal

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meh

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I forgot how mellow this record is. Pretty good, though.

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2.6

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Skivan morning phase från 2014 är en av mina favoritskivor, som jag har på vinyl. Denna skiva anses vara föregångaren till morning phase då de har lite samma stuk med lugna låtar med orkestrala inslag. Den här skivan var också riktigt bra! Tycker nog ”Lost cause” är bäst. Fyra getingar av fem!

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Fav Song: Paper Tiger

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Quite a few snoozers on this

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Too sad. Good music but no fun to listen to.

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this was nice. minimalistic, soft and sad. slightly cliche but overall enjoyable and easy to listen to.

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It was fine, I’m guessing/hoping there are better Beck albums

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Quite a different version of Beck, with this album. It seems more serious, a more somber Beck. Not a bad thing, it shows a more emotional range and an ability to showcase his different side. Not my favorite Beck but he always shows a willingness to explore something different and this is just that : Beck but Different.

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relaxing

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Was kind of excited to try this album, but ultimately I found it to be a little boring. A few good songs.

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Pretty solid throughout, just not something I always vibe with. "Guess I'm doing fine" and "Lost Cause" were standouts to me. Beck's voice sounded way different here than I was used to, and I liked the folk rock and western vibes at times. Better than a 3 for me, but I can't call this one a 4.

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I remember illegally downloading a few of these tracks in high school. Ages back, hence awful quality- was good to listen to in a higher bit rate. Pretty good, some Vedder-ish vocals creep in

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Couldn't review, it makes me very sleepy. Is it good? Is it bad? No idea. 5/10

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I didnt mind it, kind of stoner music

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Nice album for reflecting on relationships lost.

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The Golden Age is big space cowboy vibes. very much a low key breakup album, nice for zoning out but I didnt really get much out of it

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This certainly isn't Beck's strongest album but I think it does it's job well. He was inspired to write this after him and his long time girlfriend split, and boy is this ever a breakup album. Every song is dripping with melancholy. Needed scuba gear as I was swimming through all these Beck tears. I really liked Maddie's comparison of this and Morning Phase as companion albums. To me, Morning Phase always felt like a hopeful ray of sun on your face to wake you up in the morning, and in contrast this album certainly feels more like the sun setting on a lovely day thats come to an abrupt end. I found that the orchestration on this album added some much needed power to his overly earnest songwriting. "Lost Cause," really stood out to me in this regard. It wasn't Beck's most inventive songwriting by any means, and seemed to rely on cliched lines and motifs. This song kind of summed up the rest of the album for me. He sounds hurt but uninspired. I feel that this album was strictly made for Beck to process his feelings and move on with his life. It feels inconsequential in Beck's discography to me but I'm sure to him it was a very important record to make.

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not his strongest album

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ok

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I just kept waiting for more---very relaxed but needed a kick or two or bump it up.

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Definitely not the best Beck album I've listened to. Some good tunes, but didn't seem as eclectic as others.

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Half way through first track and all I can think is Radiohead "Fake Plastic Trees" and "No Surprises" combined with a bit of slide guitar. I thought the album was a nice listen, but it felt like background music to me. It's similar to the Springsteen album in that I don't really get the significance of it. It's not his biggest, best or first album, in fact other than some critical acclaim at the time it doesn't seem to have really influenced much at all. It's just because it's a revered artist basically. 6/10

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Really nice opening track and the rest was fine too but quite forgettable

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Sounds like a homage to the greats both musically and lyrically but it doesn't sound quite right.

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Starts nicely enough but doesn't go anywhere. Spending one day and one listen on it maybe unfair though

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Despite growing up the child of Beck fans I can't say I really got into his music until Morning Phase, which I'd still probably list as one of my top 10 albums of all time. It's not surprising then that my first reaction to putting on this ablum was, "wait this sounds just like Morning Phase." I'm sure I had read they were companions at some point but can't say I ever gave this one a listen. All in all this album has all the guitar goodness and interesting range that makes me love Morning Phase (and generally appreciate Beck). However, knocking points b/c they really do have almost too many similarities with Morning Phase still coming out on top for me. Why put on Sea Change when you can put on Morning Phase?

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Sehr dramatic

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**ck's Sea change is mostly uninteresting, Lost Cause was good though

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Nie jest to mój ulubiony Beck. Do słuchania pojedynczych kawałków albo w tle spoko, ale ciurkiem wszystko zlewa się w jeden, dosyć monotonny potok dźwięków.

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I like the strings in the album. Overall a little slow but not mad.

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I've never been the biggest fan of Beck, but this is a decent album. 7.2/10

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A very chilled album on a lazy Sunday 👏

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Not a fan of Beck. Always thought he was average. This album didn’t change my mind.

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Intro track was nice tbf

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Not bad, definitely a sadder, mellower Beck.

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Damn good album to chill too. Not my taste but I see the appeal.

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What I expected from beck for the most part. This album was a little more acoustic.

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A really nice listen, very somber and chill. Music to leave earth, and all its dumb stuff, in a spacesuit and float away to.

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mellow, acoustic vibe with electric overtones, dark and moody and smooth. mumbly vocal, nice feel overall. replay value low

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I've never understood the appeal of Beck. Too mellow for me.

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these transitions are ILL not his best work but good! best track: sunday sun

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Just ok. Not as lively as some of his better stuff but pretty good.

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Inte riktigt min kopp av te, men mysig gitarrskiva typ

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Didn't expect this kind of album from Beck. Liked it way more that I thought I would've. The songwriting is my favorite part, really nice arrangements. The acoustic was nice and he really just created an atmosphere. Would definitely listen again. Standout tracks Lost Cause and Already Dead. 6/10

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Folk beck

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Eh.

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pretty good

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It was obviously good production. But just a bit dull on first listen. I’m sure subsequent listens would get under the skin.

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Nice, good album. I like the opening track 'Golden Age' and always been a fan of 'Lost Cause'. Like many albums I would suggest there are too many tracks.

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Not sure what to make of this, quite a difficult album. You really need to be in the mood for this, much more melancholy than I was expecting and drags a bit at times but there is a lot to enjoy too and I would revisit. Paper Tiger the pick of the bunch for me - superb track - but some other very good tracks on here too.

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Always been Beck-neutral. Nothing changing here

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All of it was good but nothing really stood out

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You OK, dude? You sound like you accidentally hotboxed your apartment while the Collected Works of Gordon Lightfoot was on repeat.

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So Beck is one of those that I never really "got". Sure there was a good single or two but it seems like his music is held in such high regard. I gotta say, this was pretty darn good. Decent variety, not relying on a gimmick or an overused signature sound. 3.5, I can't quite give it a 4 though.

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Just a lot of the same sad song. A good listen, still. Generally beautiful music with sad and soft (sometimes unintelligible) vocals. A bunch of the songs also did the gimmicky devolve into distortion at the end. A couple of songs had my attention but none were really engaging or memorable.

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Far from Beck's best, yet a nice and very melodic (and relaxing) album despite the obvious personal crisis that triggered it. Bit too un-exciting for me, but definitely great for certain moods.

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Feels pretty raw listening to this album - the man sounds gutted after his break up. Sunday Sun is amazing. Some neat songwriting here. Three for now could be a four later.

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mopey sad boy music that nonetheless tickled my love of a good hook here and there. not bad

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Album has so many listens but I'm not really into it. Lyrics are pretty sad and serious.

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Nice acoustics and composition. Often hard to distinguish songs from another due to similar pace and tone. Feels like a rainy day blues kind of record and maybe a decent one. Curious to see if Beck has other dimensions. Paper tiger, end of the day, Sonny Sunday, little one

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Bold decision to put Michael Cera on the album art.

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Very good. Easy listen. 3/5

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Pleasant and gentle folk pop. A million miles from Oderlay and Midnite Vultures. What a talented and versatile musician!

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A much more reflective and personal album than Beck's preceeding ones. Deserves a second listen

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May not be his best but it’s hard not to like beck

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Meh

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Meh...There's some good individual songs here that sound great in isolation, but a whole albums worth of slow, melancholy break up songs that all end up sounding similar gets really old, really quickly.

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Bon mood pour un réveil à 11h avec une bonne gueule de bois Sinon pas trop mon genre

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It's nice background music.

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Slow acoustic vibes with lyrics from the heart. Hard to listen to the whole album tbh but each track hits the spot it’s supposed to

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I love this stage of Beck's progression. Looking back through his discography, I fee like I notice more and more of the sounds developing that you hear in Guero. This is one of his sadder feeling albums to me, little slow for a Monday morning.

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Not my fave beck

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Primer disco que escucho de Beck de principio a fin. Un disco muy distinto a lo que tenía escuchado. Entiendo que la música y las letras tienen que ver con un estado emocional que transitaba el artista pero que me he perdido por no tener el suficiente nivel de inglés para disfrutarlo en una escucha.

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Enjoyed it, quickly became background music though

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Beck gets dumped and all mopey. The songs are fairly similar in tempo throughout and kind of blend in to one. Maybe he got dumped because he was already mopey and this album was the final straw. I don't blame her. Best Tracks: The Golden Age; Paper Tiger; Lost Cause

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Der Typ kann ja gute indie Lieder schreiben. Aber das zieht mich grad volle runter. Und macht mich müde. Phu

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plätschert so dahin. bissi fad vielleicht aber schon in Ordnung. Holt mich einfach nicht so ab aber ist sicher nicht schlecht

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6/10

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A Beck album. Enjoyable, but nothing earth shattering

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Pretty good. Not the best Beck album in my opinion but did enjoy it

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Not my thing

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Many of these songs, like the ones on the previous two albums, are fairly predictable, but elsewhere Beck uses elegant arrangements to enhance the emotion hidden in the lyrics and to downplay the simplicity of his delivery. (6/10) FT: Lost Cause, Golden Age

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A lot to like but I've listened to this enough over the years to know I'm never going to be heavily invested in it

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Sorry Beck, I understand you got really into folk music but it doesn't do it for me. Knowing this is a breakup album does give some weight to the emotions expressed, but the album itself never feels like it goes much of anywhere

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En ganska blek Nick Drake-kopia.

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He's got a great voice, but I just don't think I'd ever listen to this recreationally

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See it and change

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Good singer but I shouldnt buy an album of him.

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Pleasing, meandering, psychedelic noodling.

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Genre: Folk Rock 3/5 Beck made something nice and pretty here. Not earth shattering by any stretch, but sleak production, good songwriting, and some nice moody arrangments sold this thing pretty well. I'm not quite sure why it's in this book, it is good, but I don't see it as any thing but a continuation of pop rock of the early 2000s. It does say Beck on it, though. First half was super strong, I really enjoyed Paper Tiger, but it all sort of blended into one as it went along. No real sense of urgency, and nothing too much in the way of challening the form. But a well-made album, overall.

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Pues es que es un disco bonito a ratos, pero muy muy muy nostálgico y se llega a volver aburrido. Obviamente me gusta Lost Cause, pero después de eso creo que es oír la misma rola una y otra vez.

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some pleasant folk

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Ett toppalbum. man gillar verkligen detta. bleep bloop.

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The sort of artist I would expect to like, in that he's heavily influenced by folk country and the Blues. Maybe I would like it more if I listened to it more. Will look out for his other stuff.

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Do druge pjesme već sam zaboravio da slušam Becka honestly možd zato jer znam samo singlove. Solidan album svakako, s tim da je druga polovica disproporcionalno dosadnija i lošija od prve.

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2.5/5. I did not rally like this. It was just sad and boring.

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Not overly taken with this. It maybe a couple of tracks too long. There is some promise of change with repeated plays.

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It's good. More slow Beck than my preferable upbeat Beck. But good..

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A lot more downbeat to the Beck stuff I am used to and it suffers for me because of that. Can see why he named the album so.

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Interesting but nothing really stood out.

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Pretty mellow for beck. Good.

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Technically brilliant - though missing the diversity of skills I know Beck has.

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I like Beck but this isn't my favorite album by him. It's not bad but any means by I prefer when he's genre hopping and more lively. It's not bad for "sadboy" music but I have other go-to stuff when I want to be morose.

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Slow Beck. Sad Beck. Okay Beck.

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Good background music. Did not make me melancholy. I believe it was the sound of the colour of saudade, which is orangey blue. Would listen again.

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A little melancholy for Shannah’s taste but nice in the background. Bill finds it nice and melancholy, good for the background. Conor found the background to be nicely melancholy. (2.7/5)

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First time listening to Beck and this was the perfect album to start with. Despite it being one of his most personal albums, I enjoyed the variety of styles Beck used on this album. He might not be an artist I will listen to often but definitely made an impression on me. Stand Out Songs: Lonesome Tears, Little One

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The first couple of tracks sound like Beck half-ass emulating more-interesting country songs of the past, but by the time the album ended, I was a believer. It is uneven at times, some parts clearly more inspired than others, but a good record nonetheless.

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The title says it all. Melancholy and moody. Beck has a knack for songwriting.

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Not sure why this album is groundbreaking enough to be on the list but asides from that, its certainly not bad, just also nothing remarkable either. No highlights make for a long listening

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Better than his sample work which I really don’t enjoy. This album has no greatness, but it wasn’t bad at all. Nice guitar parts and melody. His voice reminded me a little of the great grunge singers of the 90s.

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Monotone enough to read a book through.

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Though more highly rated by many, this isn't even in my top 3 favorite Beck albums. But it's damn good. I'm trying to figure out why it's not one of my favorites, and it might be because I've never had a world-weary heartbreaking depression. But though I've not shared his experience, even I am moved by the brutal resignation of the album's centerpiece, "Lost Cause". It's a devastating meditation on what's left behind when the love of your life has rejected you. I cannot imagine how subhuman one would feel in that situation.

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An interesting and depressing album.

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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Lost cause

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A good album, just not a great one. Beck has always been a chameleon and some of his musical dalliances have been amazing. He is at his weakest when he does the folky thing which is where he got his start. It is refreshing to see him not lean into the weird vibe of previous outings which he could have easily done. If only the material was as strong as his earlier stuff

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To mellow

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Not my favorite Beck but enjoyed it!

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I enjoyed this one. Beck's one of those artists that's been around for a while now, just doing whatever it is he does. Not someone I've ever found or listened to organically, but based on recommendations or accolades only. A bit of an enigma in that way, I don't understand him. But this was a cool album. He was doing something of an Eddie Vedder type voice on this, and I don't think that's how he always sounds, but I'm no Beckspert. Favorite tracks: Paper Tiger, Lost Cause, Round the Bend, Side of the Road. Album art: Looks like that picture of Halsey. It also feels much newer than it actually is. Based on looks alone I would've guessed like 2014. 3.5/5

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Not a huge fan of Beck, this album was decent and had a nice calming atmosphere but just wasn't my bag.

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Prima aan te horen maar voor Beck’s doen een beetje tam.

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Dit vond ik best aardig. Wel heel mellow voor Beck's doen.

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slow waves

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Interessante

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Pretty slow

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Sad boi indie folk. Yeah, it's done well enough here, but I've heard it done so many, many times, and this doesn't stand out too much to me from much of what's been released before and since

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I really like already dead.

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A decent album with some good moments but altogether not that memorable.

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This one I've heard before. Didn't like it in 2002, not a fan now. When am I supposed to listen to this? As in, it ain't fun. Depressed, soft songs. Not bad at all, just not dynamic in most any way. Would avoid a purchase. But it is... okay. Better Beck albums before this one. Not sure if there are any after this.

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Meh

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A real sombre album from Beck, with themes including loneliness, heartbreak and desolation, it proved a turning point for Beck musically. Going from a highly experimental musician to a much more emotionally charged view - both lyrically and sonically. It was an easy listen, however it was pretty mood deflating. Best: Lost Cause Worst: Round the Bend

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Very pretty. Didn’t stick with me so much beyond that. I’ll probably change my mind later

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Picture Odelay coming out in peak high school days. It goes on repeat ad infinitum. Know every word. Love it. College sophomore home for the summer buys this album. Broke college ass: "I just paid $21.99 for this shit?!" I listened through it once and only once. I hated it. Now it's 20 years later. How does it stack up? I'm much more receptive to this kind of an album now and I can def. see why I felt that way back then. Shit, part of me still agrees, however there is a lot more to appreciate on here than I ever did before. Paper Tiger is excellent. Lost Cause is very very good. So is Sunday Sun. This is worth more listens, but it will never stack up with the nostalgia of his early stuff for me, despite how much I can appreciate a lot more of it now.

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Sounds like a Nick Drake album but too well produced. It's good, but it loses the charm. Still happy to have found something I appreciate from Beck.

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Really didn't do much for me

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There’s nothing particularly wrong with it... I probably wouldn’t listen again. Unless I felt like listening to something really boring. Then I’d probably listen to it again. I actually gave up after track 9 and listened to Jazz Samba again instead. That was great.

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meh

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No "bad" songs on this album but also none that stand out at all. Kind of boring and bland. Not much to see here

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Too slow. Too moody. Was not a fan of this album.

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Nice guitar music, but fucking depressing

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Was boring

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This was better than anticipated but an extremely tough finish. Like one long depressing break-up. Not something I would go back to but exceeded my low expectations going into it.

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mellow. a bit depressing.

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Beck...

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Boring. 4/10

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Den här är för dyster och deprimerande för min smak. Beck har andra mycket bättre skivor tycker jag. Detta album inspirerades ju av separationen från hans flickvän. Inget positivt album direkt.

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I didn't get it....:-(

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Fuck... this is a depressed Beck and it sucks all the fun out of what usually is a fun listen.

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Some nice bits but a bit flat over an album

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Sea Change by Beck is an album I didn't see change all that much. At this point in Beck's career, I think people probably had a specific image of him being experimental/poppy and not so slideguitary, so maybe this album came as a surprise. However, this album reminded me most of his first album Stereopathetic Soulmanure, a few songs which you could mix into this album musically without effort. Once again, in the review for this album, the 1001 book prints some lines that make it sound like this album shouldn't be in the list > Certainly the lyrics lack a little bite (he rhymes "before" with "before" on "End Of The Day"), while the vocals range from tired to clinically dead.

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Me aburre. Beck tiene discos interesantes pero este no es uno de ellos.

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too slow, expected more

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Ok

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I really like Beck’s “ Mellow Gold” album. And compared to that, he really nailed the Title here, but that’s about it. “Sea Change” is a sea change from that album. While I loved the guitars, keyboards, melodies and crazy lyrics from Mellow Gold, this album counters with a lot a benign dull. Nothing here to see or hear, please just move along.

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The sound is okay, but its just SO SLOW. It is not a great album to listen to the day after DST kicks in. I did not get through the whole album for fear of falling asleep. Its salvages a 2 star because it is not bad musically, I can tell the vocals and instrumentation is pretty good despite the sleep inducing overall product

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Paper Tiger, Lonesome Tears, Album quand même très chiant

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I've been aware of Beck since I was a kid. He always won Best International Male at the Brits and MTV awards but Id never really listened to him or knew much of his stuff. After listening to this album I'm pretty much in the same position. Insipid, melodramatic melancholia.

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Yawn. Pretty much what I expected after seeing the album cover. The chorus' and outro for Lonesome Tears were pretty strong though. Best track: Lonesome Tears.

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Favourite Song: Lost Cause

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Pretty mellow and not really what I was expecting.

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Ned meins

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never really liked beck and this didnt change my mind 2 - not for me but doesn't hurt my ears.

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too melancholy for me. every song sounds the same. 2 stars

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Didn't really like this one other than "Lost Cause". Really depressing stuff.

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This is generally considered to be one of Beck's best, but I don't get it. I've heard very little Beck, but like the rap and samples. This was almost all acoustic. No turntables and a microphone.

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Bit dull and tedious. Not my Beck

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2.5

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Boring shit

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I know a LITTLE about Beck, I know he's a bit of an alternative darling, and the few songs of his I know are from the early 90s... this could go either way. Ok first song is pretty cool. It's a bit more downbeat than I expected, at least compared to his earlier stuff. Not exactly an award winner imo, and it goes FAR too long for something that never really kicks into overdrive. Final thoughts: this would have been a 3 if he'd known when to rein it in a bit, but this just draaaaagged. And that's after a genuinely good opening track. 2/5.

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Beck és un dels artistes més mimats per la crítica... i més sobrevalorats. Ho va ser amb 'Odelay', que és un disc fantàstic, però lluny de ser una obra maestra; ho va ser amb 'Mutations', que té alguns temes increïbles, però ja... i ho va tornar a ser amb 'Sea Change', condecorat com una de les millors obres nascudes de ruptura de relació. Va, home. Comparar el disc amb un génere (?) que ha donat obres tan icòniques com 'Blood on the Tracks', 'Rumours' o 'Shoot Out the Lights', pero posar els primers exemples que em venen al cap, ha de ser una broma... el disc es deixa escoltar, és agradable... i poc més...

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Too slow

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Meh. A lot of the songs sounded the same and didn’t contain enough emotion. 4/10

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Rock de cantautor. Me ha parecido un tostonazo.

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It was too one-note for me. Lost Cause was a good track though, I liked it. I zoned out of all the sadness and only noticed that it was over when Spotify automatically went into Beercan off of Mellow Gold. I thought "there's my Beck!" and I was happy again.

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Slow calm whiney

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This could have been a great 30 minute album or maybe an EP. A lot of the songs just run too long to be so similar.

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Guess I don't get Beck. Dull

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Does not grab me at all

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I thought I was going to like this and I'm pretty sad to say I found in plain Jane boring! Just a bit wishy washy and nothing stood out

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I didn't listen to this properly so I feel like I didn't give it a proper go, I might go back and listen again or I might not. Not sure if it matters. Probably nobody will read this now anyway, not that that's the point but you know. If you are reading this, next time you see me say 'lemons and strawberries' then tap my right shoulder with your left arm and I'll give you a tenner.

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I never listened to much Beck purposefully before but he has a big reputation for sad tunes. On listening to a whole album, I'm not overly impressed. Whilst listening I was thinking "I bet I'd love this if I had some kind of nostalgic ties to it". It is a mixture of sounds which I really like and was really into as a teenager. Alas, I have no such ties and found it a bit dull. Add on to that the fact that Lost Cause made me mad, (listening to the words I couldn't help but think what an arrogant little twerp, get in the bin), and you have yourself 2 stars.

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I wanted to like this album so much. The instruments and the flow of the music were gorgeous, but I just couldn't stand the singing. In most songs, Beck seems disinterested in his own music.

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Why is this guy here? I mean, there are thousands of artists that sound exactly the same as he does. These songs are just... normal. Nothing more than that.

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trööööök

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This isnt a great introduction to Beck. Songs started to sound the same about halfway through.

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Beck sad, sad boring, sad not always boring, beck sad boring 2

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Didn't enjoy. Very slow and depressing. Another day I may have been more in the mood but not today.

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Nije me nikad privlačila njegova glazba, a sad znam zašto. Inače mi se sviđaju ovakve stvari al mi je ovaj album bio jako dosadan. Nijedan trenutak koji iskače. Tu eres un perdedor, Beck.

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This one was a real journey for me. Ups and downs throughout and not sure I was ready for an album from Beck which seemed to be dealing with a break-up. Some great tracks such as 'Paper Tiger' and 'It's All in Your Mind'. However, for me, Beck's musical ventures into the pop genre are much more to my liking. Favorite track: Paper Tiger

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A lot of good songs, but I can only like it so much with a boring voice like Beck’s. 2.5/5

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I've seen Beck in concert twice, but literally wasn't familiar with any song on this album. Which makes sense because this music is a little more mellow than most of the songs he plays live. Completely listenable, but just a little on the sleepy side for me.

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turned this off after 1 minute to listen to charli xcx / rating n/a belongs on this list n/a

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Interesting. Beck from 2002. Hadn't heard any of this before, and while not exactly objectionable, Beck really is one morose motherfucker right here. I'm sure if you'd just been sacked, your other half had dumped you for your mum and your best mate decided that they'd rather take up stoat farming in the Hebrides than talk to you again, this would be an ideal soundtrack. But for a nice run out on a May evening when you just wanted to put a few miles under your feet - it just won't do at all.

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i cant stand this stuff. 1-2 bc i just didnt listen really.

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I couldn't wait for this to be over. Just sad and boring and depressing and all sounded the same. 3/10

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Was ok… felt songs seemed depressed

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Beetje te braaf en zelfs een tikkeltje saai, voor Beck begrippen.

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Sea Change Beck. Hope Change Back.

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Synes Hyperspace e bedre, men da e kanskje mest fordi da har et kult cover. Becken blir litt for tam for meg, hilsen person som bare hørre på ambient og drone metal. Og wtf så dårlig streak me har no. Kan benytta anledningen til å informera om at eg ville ha oppgradert Morrison Hotel til 5 om den hadde komt på nytt. Har hørt på da konstant i 2 veke no, og har lyst å kjøpa ein Gibson G-101

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Like beck, men like ikkje at paper tiger e ein dårlig sample av cargo culte

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Good grief they picked the most boring Beck album. Almost nothing musically interesting and almost all the songs sound the same. This is far inferior to my favorite Beck: One Foot in the Grave (the deluxe version has the better version of It's All in Your Mind).

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skipped my way through all the songs

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Tylsä

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Nyt oli pliisu setti ja levyllinen eri asteisia balladeja. Ei jatkoon.

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Well produced and very boring.

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Beck var bättre före han började använda stråkar och försökte laga vacker musik. Gillar inte heller hans sångröst lika mycket på denna skiva som på andra jag hört från honom.

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Listened Before? N This one was kind of boring. I've been listening to Beck's stuff off and on since his first album. None of them have ever done anything for me like that first one. I think I'll pass on this one. Added to Library? N Songs added to playlist: Lost Cause

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Not a fan of beck, none of the songs really stand out on this indie-ish/country-ish album

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Das ist das langweiligste, was ich seit langem gehört habe. Sehr gerne nie wieder.

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Music to kill yourself.

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Neeh dit is het niet, mij te zeurderig

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Whack. Boring

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1/5 way too low profile and gentle for my taste.

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Dreary…

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Breakup album

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Nagyon lagymatag, nem tűnt fel hogy szólt. A dalszövegre nem figyeltem, így az megmentheti, de elsőre gyenge volt. Felüdülés volt amikor a spoti bedobott utána egy másik tracket.

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If it wasn’t for Lost Cause this album would be one

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Discogs said this was one of the 'best breakup albums of all time,' so if by breakup album you mean plodding, repetitive, mumbly moaning tracks and by best you mean worst, I agree.

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Slow and boring. How this cracked a best of list is beyond me.

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Not my thing. Didn’t get past the first 2-3 songs

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Not my style

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Some of the music could possibly be a bit enjoyable, but I really dislike Beck’s voice. Is his jaw wired shut while he sings?

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This ain't for me.

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Snoozic.

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watered down spoon, how is that possible

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He makes me sleepy

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Pretty good. Probably better listening with headphones

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Great for coding, super mellow

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