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This album is Mastered for iTunes. 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

I Hate Pandora Now

For the past some weeks I've been listening to Beck over Pandora. I've heard songs from almost every album on there, but surprisingly I've heard nothing from this album. Now I'm wondering what Pandora's problem is not sharing any of the songs on this album. This is an incredible album. Beck's use of sublimation over a break-up really sounds excellent. Too many artists always try for a really good break-up song when they should try for a break-up album. This is absolutely amazing. Get it while the world hasn't ended yet.

Sea Change

This is the best album of all time. Obviously that's just my opinion, but I'd be ignorant to say I've heard an album with a better combination of instrumentation, songwriting, arrangement, production, mood, dynamics, etc. I grew up listening to "Sea Change" and have used it to get me through various difficult times in my life, so there's some nostalgia to go along with this album on a personal level, but without that sentiment this album at its core is still a musical experience unlike anything I've heard. By now we all know that this album has been referred to as "the breakup album of all breakup albums." While that's true, I personally must say "Sea Change" is simply "the album of all albums." From start to finish it is consistently the most beautiful, delightful, and sincere music I've ever heard, and I doubt I will ever hear something that will top it.

Sea Change

Beck's best album. On Sea Change, not only do we get Beck the artist, like we see on Odelay, Guero,etc., but we get Beck the man. A soulful, simultaneously depressing and uplifting record that stands the test of time. Personally, my favorite album of all time.


Born: July 8, 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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