Sea Change

Label
Universal Music Division Mercury
Release date
4 Jun 2007
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
52:19

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Golden Age 4:34 253,881
2 Paper Tiger 4:35 216,910
3 Guess I'm Doing Fine 4:49 205,128
4 Lonesome Tears 5:37 193,990
5 Lost Cause 3:47 372,555
6 End Of The Day 5:03 150,479
7 It's All In Your Mind 3:05 139,526
8 Round the Bend 5:16 166,937
9 Already Dead 2:58 177,687
10 Sunday Sun 4:44 164,531
11 Little One 4:27 158,461
12 Side of the Road 3:24 154,812

About this album

Beck has always been known for his ever-changing moods — particularly since they often arrived one after another on one album, sometimes within one song — yet the shift between the neon glitz of Midnite Vultures and the lush, somber Sea Change is startling, and not just because it finds him in full-on singer/songwriter mode, abandoning all of the postmodern pranksterism of its predecessor. What’s startling about Sea Change is how it brings everything that’s run beneath the surface of Beck’s music to the forefront, as if he’s unafraid to not just reveal emotions, but to elliptically examine them in this wonderfully melancholy song cycle. If, on most albums prior to this, Beck’s music was a sonic kaleidoscope — each song shifting familiar and forgotten sounds into colorful, unpredictable combinations — this discards genre-hopping in favor of focus, and the concentration pays off gloriously, resulting in not just his best album, but one of the greatest late-night, brokenhearted albums in pop. This, as many reviews and promotional interviews have noted, is indeed a breakup album, but it’s not a bitter listen; it has a wearily beautiful sound, a comforting, consoling sadness. His words are often evocative, but not nearly as evocative as the music itself, which is rooted equally in country-rock (not alt-country), early-’70s singer/songwriterism, and baroque British psychedelia. With producer Nigel Godrich, Beck has created a warm, enveloping sound, with his acoustic guitar supported by grand string arrangements straight out of Paul Buckmaster, eerie harmonies, and gentle keyboards among other subtler touches that give this record a richness that unveils more with each listen.

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  • TylerSymes

    His best album by a long shot.

    30 Oct 4:40pm Reply
  • Ighuc

    This album, freshman year of college, completely transitioned my knowledge of music from whatever was popular to everything I've loved since. Kind of cool to look back to see how much it meant to me.

    7 Oct 2:07am Reply
  • WickedProphet

    ugh the feels [3]

    5 Oct 2:34am Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Paper Tiger sounds like a giant Histoire de Melody Nelson rip-off.

    2 Oct 6:45am Reply
  • EDRORR

    This is the best Beck ever.

    31 Aug 4:15am Reply
  • JuliaAurea

    impossible to express just how profoundly and how intensely this speaks to me, the kind of connection words simply cannot signify....

    27 Jul 8:16pm Reply
  • firefly2811

    downbeat maybe but so enchanting, His best along side morning phase for me.

    15 Jul 10:30pm Reply
  • horkosladkasymf

    my favourite album

    19 Jun 2:25pm Reply
  • mordwyr

    I remember when this album came out. My friend and I were riding our bikes side by side down the sidewalk singing "Lost Cause". An old lady came the opposite direction on her bicycle, and, like all old people, she thought we would move for her. We didn't. We just went on singing. The old lady had to swerve, and she was launched into the bushes. We loled and rode on. Ah, good memories!

    19 Jun 7:08am Reply
  • flpslk

    ugh the feels [2]

    22 Mar 1:32pm Reply
  • andraz89

    @Cassandra-Leo try Elliott Smith's Either/Or.

    13 Mar 6:58am Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    this is probably the closest thing anyone's ever getting to a fourth Nick Drake album (fifth if Time of No Reply counts as a fourth)

    25 Feb 7:42am Reply
  • rOOm-on-fire

    L'album qui me maintient en vie ;__;

    10 Feb 12:41pm Reply
  • LolzeezTheBro

    Crying to this again.

    22 Jan 12:36am Reply
  • LolzeezTheBro

    I cried in the first 10 fucking seconds.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tryingyourlucky

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • JuliaAurea

    ugh the feels

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • donkukis

    Impresionante disco.

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ceelo123

    Beck's masterpiece [7]

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • KarmaDay25

    Shitty drums? It's James Gadson, boy. [2] My go-to album after a breakup.

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
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