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Editors’ Notes

It’s often suggested that Sea Change is Beck’s “breakup record”. It is certainly his least joyous, his least experimental, and his most mono-tonal. It’s a heart-wrenching listen that takes up permanent residence in the acoustic sadcore wing of “Heartbreak Hotel”. From the opening chords and lonely strokes of slide guitar that begin “The Golden Age” through the final somber notes of “Side of the Road”, there’s no moment where an errant hip-hop beat or distorted guitar solo flips past in ironic glee. This direct approach has an unsettling, often beautifully austere result. “Guess I’m Doing Fine” sounds like the life-affirming greeting of a dead man. “Already Dead” sounds like a walk through the gardens of a mental institution with a patient who’s been heavily sedated while recounting the sorry events that led him there. Much like broken-hearted troubadours—Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters or Hayden spring to mind—Beck looks to connect without artifice.

Customer Reviews

Why did I not know about this?

Melancholy lyrics, strings, slide guitar, odd minor chords. What's not to love?

his best album

for me his best work, run close by Morning Phase. I prefer his more acoustic and reflective stuff anyway so I play them both one after the other!!

Becks Masterpeice

His best album proves he is a genius...the best album of the noughties.


Born: 08 July 1970 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Initially pegged as the voice of a generation when "Loser" turned into a smash crossover success, Beck wound up crystallizing much of the postmodern ruckus inherent in the '90s alternative explosion, but in unexpected ways. Based in the underground anti-folk and noise-rock worlds, Beck encompassed all manner of modern music, drawing in hip-hop, blues, trash rock, pop, soul, lounge music -- pretty much any found sound or vinyl dug up from a dusty crate -- blurring boundaries and encapsulating how...
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