This was one of the many CDs I brought to jr high. Looking all cool listening to it on my cumbersome $300 discman. As a kid, I would always read the lyrics booklet as each song played. Probably cause the artwork complimented the mood and theme of each track which further immersed me into the music. I remember my favorite was the title song. It was full energy and fun to sing to. The there was the bewildering yet comical “Half.” Cant really place it, but the high pitch vocals stuck out more than the other songs. As for the runtime, it was definitely an excursion but such an enjoyable one. The dark atmosphere that it projects is what makes it staple of the era. That cresting period of when grunge was on its way out. Superunknown was like its epic send off cause really, theres was nothing like it afterwards. Still, Black Hole Sun will always have its place. The song and the video.
So…whats next on the queue? The 20th anniversary of Live – Throwing Copper? Stone Temple Pilots – Purple? Alice in Chains – Jar of Flies?
or Diarrhea Planet
You know if it wasnt for chest rig bulges on every single person and the shadows of the cherry picker behind them, I might have believed this.
I was 13 when I bought this album, and I based my purchase on “Loser.” The video of course is what sold the song though. Bold decision, but totally worth it. As a kid, Beck was was this hilarious musician that would eclectic a chuckle. I remember laughing at all the songs as they played. Songs like “Pay No Mind” “Beercan” “Soul Sucking Jerk” “Nightmare Hippy GIrl.” and the intro to “Truckdrivin’ Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat).” I didn’t know WTF I was listening to, but I enjoyed every aspect of this album for comical purposes. Listening to it now, I still smirk at the “giant dildo” part or the complete randomness of “Soul Sucking Jerk.” Its no masterpiece, but its fun to listen to.
was the statue intentionally designed to look like jesus? Is there a metaphor that Im missing?
so glad this became a single
And when Modest Mouse releases their album they’ll call it Meezus
Remember when everyone thought Make Believe was the last album? It really should’ve been cause that album and everything after is embarrassing to listen to.
Beck to me is a musical halloween. Constantly surprisingly us with goodies that differ from previous treats. They taste just as sweet, but with a welcoming new flavor. While there are similarities to Sea Change on this new one, its not as melancholy or sardonic. Most of these songs are mellow Americana folk tunes with a hauntingly composed instrumentation. Its just as mesmerizing to listen to as Sea Change but with a more optimistic view on life. The way I see it, Sea Change is the hangover, Morning Phase is the recovery. As I grew older, I learned to appreciate Beck’s slower and more introspective albums which leads me to believe this is the real Beck while his fast tempo funk material stems from his alter ego. Whatever side you lean on, you cant deny that the man is a musical genius.
Im actually more interested in Michael Stipe’s tumblr.
Imagine Dragons is like the Coldplay of this decade. I don’t know which genre of rock they’d fit under cause some of their songs of this faux celtic vibe.
Ah yes, 2004. The year when indie went mainstream (if that makes sense). Bands like Interpol, Modest Mouse, The Shins, The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire, Keane would dominate radio and MTV. There was so much diversity in the rock genre then and it helped broaden my musical taste in the process.
As for Franz Ferdinand, it seems they cant reach an audience aside from radio singles and its a shame since their other material is just as catchy. Its annoying how radio stations will constantly play Take Me Out and ignore the other songs. I thought the new album was decent, just not as good as their first or Tonight.
Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit as #1. Didn’t see that coming <_<
Reinventing Axl Rose…or wait
The album is “out” and after listening to it 3 times today, its defiantly a Sea Change clone. Even the first song Morning sounds like Golden Age. While it does create that lo-tempo, psychedelic atmosphere as Sea Change did, it lacks those tracks with the swelling symphonic build up and piercing emotion. Paper Tiger was the first song I heard when Sea Change was released and that song alone solidified my purchase of the album. At the time, the album perfectly conveyed my mood of the time. Morning Phase is good, not great, but its missing those extra layers that would make it more engaging. In terms of mellow Beck albums my top 3 ranking would go:
2. Morning Phase
1. Sea Change
Green Day was the first band that I obsessed over and Dookie was the album that started it all. Plus it was the staple of turning 13. I remember watching Alternative Nation and 120 Minutes in hope that I can record their performances and music video premieres. I remember being sick and staying home from school. I flipped to MTV in the mid afternoon and caught the premiere of Basket Case. I don’t know why, but I felt special that I was one of the first people to experience such a rare moment. Whenever I hear their signature songs on the radio, it takes me back to those endearing years of childhood and how I was considered one of the cool kids for listening to such a band even though my appearance at the time would suggest otherwise. Now we need a 20th anniversary reissue with unreleased material.
Hmm, a case of judging the art and not the artist. Ok, Im game. Its shit.
so can we expect an apology from Arcade Fire for Reflektor?
this isn’t a parody, its what they call a Literal song. Its in the same vein as those Literal Music Videos where someone is observational of the visuals and sound cues.
After listening to this album, I can say that they didn’t “lose touch.” Its right up there with New Wave and White Crosses. Good stuff.
yeah, Mutations, Sea Change, Modern Guilt. This one will fit in nicely. Now, wheres my follow up to Odelay, Midnite Vultures, and Guero?
Initially, I really dug this band. 2004 was the peak of the 80s revival sound and once the Killers were hitting it big, I started listening to other dance-punk 80s revivalists like The Rapture, Radio 4, Bravery, and Rock Kills Kid. But the fondest memory I have of this band is when I was first introduced to them. It was late 2003, I was listening to a college radio station and they played Mr Brightside and the DJ even speculated that they will blow up next year. Sure enough, it happened and I Hot Fuss became one of my favorite albums of the 00s. But that era of the mid-00s was such an interesting period for music. I loved it.
reflektor sucked anyway, what does it matter?
New Wave and White Crosses are the best