Sea Change CD - Geffen
Beck has always been a misfit in the trend-hopping nature of
popular culture. Regardless of how many platinum albums this
L.A. native certifies, he still stands as an influential figure
worlds apart from the narrow, conformed template of typical
pop dynamics. Ever since the ubiquitous hit “Loser,”
Beck’s been juggling genres and satisfying his unquenchable
appetite in more musical food groups than the puppet of Nineties
pop music has entertained. But after changing the backdrop from
an acoustic sing-a-long to a hip-hop nightclub and finally to
a disco dance floor, if Beck’s proven one thing it’s
this: the man simply - and consistently - defies the norm. And,
this time, it’s telling in its very title. Sea Change
operates on a pastoral landscape of heartfelt lyrics, melancholic
acoustics and folk-tinged twangs that is hindered from overproduction
even when the songs wear their sensitive hearts on their sleeves.
It may Beck’s most decisive cut into the singer/songwriter
schtick, but where he’s previously stuck an innovative
IV in weary, hospitalized genres to jumpstart them back to life,
Sea Change simply seems tired and exhausted of itself.
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