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Where to start?
One Foot In The Grave
in that order
then Odelay, then Mutations or Sea Change.
fucking love beck!
in fact good shout, been staring at spotify for what seems like ages trying to decide what to listen to :)
paying particular attention to Odelay, Mutations, Sea Change and The Information, oh and whilst you're there, have a go on Guero and Modern Guilt. Personally I'd give Midnite Vultures a miss though..
Sea Change for his more thoughtful stuff.
IF YOU WANT TO SHAKE DAT ASS.
Mellow Change, Odelay and Mutations (haven't heard One Foot in the Grave alas)
don't get Sea Change unless you want whiney overproduced drivelfolk
is that new Dangermouse mash-up of MellowHype and Sea Change.
Really excellent laregly acoustic albums : Mutations, One Foot In The Grave, Sea Change.
Eclectic Mid 90s "Classic Beck" Shizzle : Odelay, Mellow Gold.
Funk : Midnite Vultures.
Where to start : Spotify.
If you do it properly, it'll be a great journey, so...
then Mellow Gold
then One Foot in the Grave
then Midnite Vultures
and I'm out.
Sea Change, Guero, The Information, and Modern Guilt all gave me diminishing returns, but plenty of folks seem to like 'em. Can't see any reason to break the chronology once you've got that far.
Of my top 3, I played Odelay to death at the time. It's his most iconic album for good reason, but Mellow Gold and Mutations are the ones that keep on giving.
*actually a Charlotte Gainsbourg album from last year, but produced by him, and has a totally Beck-ish vibe - kinda like what a female (chilled-version) Beck might sound like.
and on that basis, prolly qualifies as my 4th favourite 'beck album'. Defo warrants inspection.
only with Gainsbourgh doing the lead vocals
it says her vocals are limited and versatile in the same review.
He hasn't made a bad album. As dan_thw suggested, start with Spotify and check out a few tracks from each album (or the whole thing!) to see what grabs you.
I actually started with Guero (being a big fan of 'E-Pro' and 'Girl'), and despite it being touted as one of his worse albums, it didn't put me off getting the rest of his catalogue.
"Sea Change". I think a lot of this album packs a huge emotional punch, especially lyrically and in the context that Beck had just split up with his cheating fiencé. Example - 'Guess I'm Doing Fine' - wonderful, heartbreaking song. Of course there are blatantly derivative moments ("Round the Bend" is basically a Nick Drake rip and "Paper Tiger" is a slight modification of Serge Gainsbourg's 'Melody')... but I think it's a great record in its own right...
...not as good as Odelay! though! Heh!
>Midnite Vultures>Mutations>Guero>Sea Change>Modern Guilt>One Foot In The Grave>The Information>Stereopathic Soulmanure
They're all pretty good though. After that, there's loads of b-sides and unreleased material to dig through.
watch the episode of Futurama with him in, as he's great in it.
Sea Change up first. The string arrangements are LUSH. LUSH I tells yer!
Imma go with Dark Star:
Groovy and hazy all at once.
Underrated album btw. One of my favourites.
All these tracks are solid.
Love the Rolling Stones vibe:
despite the album being too long I still consider it one of his better ones and totally underrated
from the 'Eternal Sunshine..' soundtrack. Definitely give that a listen too.
i like your? bass
I LIKE YOUR BASS
your beat is nice
YOUR BEAT IS NICE
It isn't his best. He peaked with Mutations, which doesn't have a track on it which isn't transcendent, and never produced a great album after it.
Mutations > Mellow Gold > Odelay > Midnite Vultures > Everything else
Whatever my preferences with his albums.
A lot of great stuff has come out of that era
He has never put out an album not worth listening to.
his later stuff can be perfectly pleasant but can't disguise the fact he's already done it, better.
of his really melancholic stuff it's about par with Sea Change, and has a different, foggy atmosphere. Also Gamma Ray is great.
I do struggle to sometimes make my way through some his albums together. Odelay soundtracked a lot of my growing up though
then Mellow Gold & Odelay
Sea Change & The Information too.
and stuff not on albums too.