Sea Change review by Beck

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  • Released: Sep 24, 2002
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.7 (23 votes)
Beck: Sea Change

Sound — 10
Beck has always been know for his ever changing style, and his shape-shifting ways still apply to his 2002 release, Sea Change. The album is exactly what the name suggests, a complete 180 turn from his past projects. Right away, the mood of the album is gloomy and depressing, with songs of heartbreak and hopelessness. The mood of the album is further complimented by brilliant string arrangements that pack a lot of emotion.

Lyrics — 8
All of the lyrics on the album speak of Beck's broken heart and how hopeless life is. The lyrics show a maturity and growth than those of this past albums. The album was inspired by a pain breakup Beck went through, hence the depressing tone. But at times it's almost too depressing. But Beck still does a hell of a job singing and putting out his feelings.

Overall Impression — 8
Sea Change is a breath of fresh air from earlier Beck albums. It shows the growth that Beck has gone through during his musical career. Songs like The Golden Age and Lost Cause stand out on the CD. This is great for any Beck fan or someone looking for a great breakup album.

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    this deserves 10/10 not 8.7. it isn't 'too depressing' in my opinion, the album is about the lead up to the break, the break up, but then coming through it, Little One is the best song that shows the getting through it, its this alone, the fact he doesnt just whine whine but he pretty much speaks to you and says this is whatll happen but its ok, thats why its awesome. plus all the music o course. and the end of paper tiger... 'one road back to civilisation, but there's no road back to you' awesome stuff
    dude this was so different than anything he's ever done, but I have to say that I liked it, although it was extremly depressing _____ Oi Punk!
    i can't listen to this album i can never get past the golden age.. it's so beautiful i've listened to this once but not listen i just put it on tonight and keep going back to golden age...