OLD GOLD: Beck – Sea Change

Mar
22
posted by James Blackwood

Paper Tiger is the second track off Beck’s record “Sea Change”, which is probably one of my favourite records despite being a monumentally sad work that I’ve struggled to push the whole way through, at times.

So.

Sad.

But it’s also a very beautiful record and whether you need to ingest it in sittings, or think you can straight out stomach it, you should listen to “Sea Change” in its entirety.

This album was produced with Beck’s longtime producer Nigel Godrich, who also works with Radiohead. All of those Radioheadisms that can be heard on Kid A and Amnesiac, are on this record – but in a slicker, cooler, alt-country kind of way. The orchestral sounds, the reverse reverbs, the messed up delays are a vacuum that sucks you into a giant pink baloon, where you float around and watch Beck sitting on a stool playing a giant acoustic guitar. He sings songs about loneliness and everybody cries.

Beck – ‘Paper Tiger’

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[nb, Tommy: I am pitching forth the most famous, and another amazing track from the record, 'Lost Cause'. If you haven't heard it before, now is your chance to live.]

Beck – ‘Lost Cause’

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