And vinyl heads will be pleased to hear that this album was pressed at Pallas in Germany.
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Upbeat? No. But ...
I bought the album (on CD) on Tuesday, the day of its release. Played it twice. Woke up on Wednesday -- morning phase, get it -- with one of the songs -- "Heart is a Drum" in my head. And I was happy to have it there.
I've played it twice since, and it is sounding better each time. It's got instrumentation like "Sea Change," but it ain't so dour. At all.
Some of the tunes are actually quite pretty, can make you smile.
very very similar in feel and sound to sea change, which i've always had mixed feelings about. the new album's pretty, and good sounding, and he's got a nice feel for melody, but with beck i always hear more intellect/craft than genuine musicality/inspiration. plus he's never been much of a singer, although again he's smart enough to minimize his limitations. i feel the same way about bowie and madonna.
I find it interesting that so many people, including friends and members of my family consider Sea Change depressing. I see the sadness in many of the songs, but I love it. I have noticed over many years that I am attracted to music that others consider dark.
I will have to get the new one. I do hope that I like it more than Lse does.
been listening to this more, and i'm revising my initial impressions upwards--the songs are there, and as others have commented it's sonically excellent. i still struggle with his voice--he uses the same unnatural-sounding baritone on each track and i keep wondering how great the record would be with a really good nuanced singer.
HD Tracks is offering it in 96/24 which is on my short list to buy. This will be my first Beck cd. I steered away from Sea Changes because I thought it sounded to depressing.
Also, Computer Audiophile has a thread were the editor bought all the current versions of this and reviewed them and listed them in order of sound quality. The HD tracks download was #2 and I forget what #1 was...