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Artist: Beck (Recorded By)

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Label: Universal Distribution
Album: Sea Change
# Song Title   Time
1)    The Golden Age Album Version More Info... 4:35
2)    Paper Tiger Album Version More Info... 4:36
3)    Guess I'm Doing Fine Album Version More Info... 4:49
4)    Lonesome Tears Album Version More Info... 5:38
5)    Lost Cause Album Version More Info... 3:47
6)    End Of The Day Album Version More Info... 5:03
7)    It's All In Your Mind Album Version More Info... 3:06
8)    Round The Bend Album Version More Info... 5:15
9)    Already Dead Album Version More Info... 2:59
10)    Sunday Sun Album Version More Info... 4:44
11)    Little One Album Version More Info... 4:27
12)    Side Of The Road Album Version More Info... 3:24

Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Beck (vocals, acoustic guitar & electric guitars, banjo, keyboards, synthesizer, glockenspiel, percussion); Smokey Hormel (electric guitar, acoustic slide guitar, bamboo saxophone, piano); Jason Faulkner (electric guitar); Roger Mannning (banjo, Indian banjo, Wurlitzer piano, harmonium, clavinet, syntesizer, glockenspiel, percussion, background vocals); Nigel Godrich (keyboards, percussion); Justin Meldal-Johnsen (electric bass, upright bass, percussion, background vocals); Joey Waronker (drums, percussion); James Gadson (drums).
  • SEA CHANGE was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album.
  • Personnel: Beck (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, synthesizer, glockenspiel, percussion, background vocals); Smokey Hormel (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, bamboo flute, saxophone, piano, percussion, background vocals); Justin Meldal-Johnsen (electric guitar, piano, glockenspiel, upright bass, electric bass, percussion, background vocals); Jason Falkner (electric guitar, percussion, background vocals); Roger Manning (banjo, piano, harmonium, Clavinet, Wurlitzer organ, synthesizer, glockenspiel, percussion, background vocals); Suzie Katayama (cello); Nigel Godrich (keyboards, synthesizer, percussion); Joey Waronker (drums, percussion, background vocals); James Gadson (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: Nigel Godrich.
  • Recording information: Ocean Way Studios; Record One.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Smokey Hormel.
  • Though 1998's MUTATIONS was the closest Beck had come at the time to conventional (read: non-ironic) troubadourisms, he quickly declared the album a detour and swiftly followed it up with the Prince-influenced about-face of MIDNITE VULTURES. It comes as something of a surprise, then, that he should focus his subsequent efforts on an unprecedentedly earnest singer-songwriter album like SEA CHANGE, which finds him purposefully peeling away his multiple levels of irony. Trumpeted in the press as a post-breakup album, SEA CHANGE has been called Beck's BLOOD ON THE TRACKS, and it's true that he'd never been anywhere near this emotionally naked before.
  • Sonically, he seems to have (at least momentarily) laid aside his R&B/hip-hop aspirations in pursuit of a late-'60s/early-'70s folk-rock aesthetic. Several cuts have a lazy, Gram Parsons-like country-rock tinge. On "Round the Bend," he delivers a moody, string-swathed lament obviously modeled on Nick Drake's "River Man." While some might lament the departure of the word-spinning wiseguy, SEA CHANGE still seems an inevitable and important step in Beck's artistic maturation.

Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.103) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2002"

Rolling Stone (10/3/02, pp.97-9) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...A perfect treasure of soft, spangled woe sung with a heavy open heart. It's the best album Beck has ever made....This is his BLOOD ON THE TRACKS."

Spin (1/03, p.70) - Ranked #3 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year"

Spin (10/02, p.111) - 9 out of 10 - "...A supremely dainty-assed achievement that jerks real tears..."

Entertainment Weekly (9/27/02, p.85) - "...A beautiful mournful hymn of love won and lost....For the first time, Beck is playing himself..." - Rating: B+

Q (12/02, p.65) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 2002"

Q (10/02, pp.98-9) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Very nearly a very great album....brooding atmospherics, reflective acoustic settings, a desert road movie conducted at a snail's place..."

Uncut (1/03, p.94) - Ranked #8 in Uncut's "100 Best Albums of the Year" - "...SEA CHANGE is Beck's BLOOD ON THE TRACKS..."

The Wire (10/02, p.51) - "...The mood is muted, constant, studiously introverted..."

CMJ (12/30/02, p.10) - Ranked #3 on CMJ's "Top 10 of 2002"

CMJ (10/7/02) - "...Truly soulful songs....this record is really a spotlight on a man and his guitar....there is a beauty inherent in sadness. Beck is quite clearly intimately familiar with it..."

Vibe (11/02, p.154) - "...Steeped in gorgeous, tear-stained country ballads..."

Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.73) - Ranked #7 in Mojo's "Best Albums of 2002"

Mojo (Publisher) (10/02, p.90) - "...There's no trickery here, only transformation..."

NME (Magazine) (9/21/02, p.38) - 6 out of 10 - "...A rainy afternoon album--quietly affecting, occasionally sublime..."

Producer:Nigel Godrich
Format:CD (1 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:24 November, 2007


1. The Golden Age

2. Paper Tiger

3. Guess I'm Doing Fine

4. Lonesome Tears

5. Lost Cause

6. End Of The Day

7. It'a All Mind

8. Round The Bend

9. Already Dead

10. Sunday Sun

11. Little Oe

12. Side Of The Road

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7 review(s)
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Greg Jones on
Seachange is Beck's most personal and lyrically forthright release to date. The entire album has a country-blues feel to it. There is no room for the usual humour and instrumental mayhem this time around, just beautiful acoustic guitar driven melodies. Opening track The Golden Age would have to be the standout for me.
Matthew Morgan on
I saw Beck live when he was touring this album, and the whole show suffered thanks to the songs from this more downtempo album, that for the most part ends up sounding like insipid singer/songwriter dross with none of the energy or inventiveness of past efforts like the brilliant Odelay and Midnight Vultures.
foxcee smith on
sea change features 12 songs. all are oringal, catchy and easy to get into. these to me are all good qualities of a song that are necessary to make for a brillaint album, and i think that beck has really done it with this one. the album is great, there is no reason why beck fans shouldn't love it.
foxcee smith on
sea change is a pretty awesome album by beck. there are heaps of styles crammed into this album. there are hints of pop, abit of electronica and almost classical music all mixed into a heap of indie rock. this will appeal to almost everyone and beck has such a broad style of music. wicked.
diver dan on
This album is such a downer but such a beautfiful downer. The songs have a great beauty to them which fills you with a sense of melancholy at times as the overwheleming and emotional nature of the songs overpower you. Possibly my favorite beck album definately one i listen to alot mainly for the songs golden age, lost cause and guess im doing fine.
Heather Gifford on
this is also another good beck album. contains heaps of hits, such as Guess I'm Doing Fine, which is perosnal fave from this album. this is a must have if you enjoyed albums such as geuro, as this is pretty much as good as it. good buy if you are after some pop rock with a bit of an edge to it!
gavin mcgibbon on
It's on this album that Beck proves he's going to be around for a long, long time. Here he showcases that he is a true musican of the highest order, know for his funky, grooving tunes he pushes that aside to put out this slow somber number that comes pouring out of him.

If you're fan of Nick Drake, Iron and Wine, Bonnie Prince Billy I think you'll be surprised to find but this suit your tastes to a t.

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