Beck’s 2002 album Sea Change marked something of a sea change (yeah we went there) for Beck’s own practice. There is much less in the way of sampling and cool-cat irony, and rather more in the way of sincere emotion. Plus, live-instrument tracks that engage with the smooth heartbreaky sounds of country rock. Double LP reissue on Geffen.
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10/10 Watsfa Customer review, 2nd December 2016
Hooray! My favourite Beck album re-released on vinyl at last... glad i never went down the ebay route now. And wowsers, it's without a doubt the best sounding piece of wax I've bought for some time (Stranger Things OST a close second). Pressed on super-thick vinyl which just sounds amazing, dead quiet, no clicks, pops or any crackling. Great job on the repress, packaging and pressing. What else can i say to fill the remaining character-count for this review except................... Perfection!
9/10 Tired and Emotional Customer review, 2nd December 2016
In 2002, personally I was at low ebb. Adolescence grumpiness was giving way to a sustained sadness. Only a few years earlier, watching Beck perform Midnite Vultures in all it's glory (including an amazing theatrical musical opening) enhanced by all the enhancements of attending a festival, there was little sign of the pain that was ahead. As it's turned out, Beck also suffered during this time, with a messy break up from a long relationship (mine occured in the month of Sea Change's release). The first track that carried me into a dark corner with the lights turned off was 'Guess I'm Doing Fine', I ended up searching the internet for tabs and started playing the tracks on guitar on Saturday nights alone. Glad that I could share my own personal misery with Beck.
I eventually picked up the album during a solo trip on the west coast of The United States. Whilst I was enjoying myself and the recklessness of travelling I sought comfort in the album that in the days before Youtube etc. i hadn't heard for a while. I didn't think i'd listen to it till i got back to the UK as I had mainly spent my time in nightclubs listening to House and Disco and certainly nothing that represents break up music. I was keen to get to San Francisco so I rented a car from LAX Airport in LA so i could drive North. Driving up Highway One, and very difficult to tune into any radio stations, I had no option to listen to the one CD i had. From the opening bars of 'the Golden Age', I was suddenly swept away by hope and inspiration. The exact opposite of how i felt when i had originally heard it less than a year earlier. It's entirely possible that the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean helped, rather than the grey bleakness of a North West winter. The songs that had left me happily morose in the past such as 'End of the Day' & 'It's All In Your Mind' now provided an optimism, a complete turnaround. It made that 3 day trek (with lots of stops to frequent bars and Mexican eateries) what it was. I didn't need to turn the radio back on.
My love affair with this album culminated with a an acoustic gig at the Manchester Apollo later that year, which remains my favourite gig to date. The tracks of Sea Change (which made up the majority of his set) took me back to both places, one of darkness and one of hope where I understood the importance that these opposite emotions brought by the same album. Which personally happens rarely. A wonderful album which will continue to resonate in my mind and heart.
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