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BECK - MIDNITE VULTURES

Beck Audio CD
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Beck has traveled light years from being pegged as a reluctant generational spokesperson when “Loser” metamorphosed from a rejected demo to a ubiquitous smash. Instead he wound up crystallizing much of the post-modern ruckus of the ‘90s alternative explosion, but in his own unpredictable manner: Beck's singular career has been one that's seen him utilize all manners ... Read more in Amazon's Beck Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: interscope records
  • ASIN: B000030009
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Culture chameleon turns purple 3 Jan 2000
Format:Audio CD
Beck's music has always been characterised by the effortless fusion of diverse musical genres, while still retaining an unmistakeable Beck blueprint. Having wowed all and sundry with his masterpiece Odelay, and then hinted at a more introspective side with Mutations, Midnite Vultures sees Beck slipping into a lurid purple catsuit and getting all dirty funky on our asses.
From the joyous horn ejaculation of single 'Sexx Laws' right through to the gorgeous tongue-in-cheek Prince pastiche of 'Debra', Beck is having a lot of fun and it's difficult not to get carried away by it all. Between these two beauties we're treated to electro, rock, folk, funk and hip-hop. In particular, the standout 'Hollywood Freaks' is utterly, utterly fantastic and very funny. He's got groove in his heart.
Some may question Beck's authenticity, wondering whether he puts any of himself into the music: it's easy to feel insecure when listening to this record, uncertain whether you've been reeled in by some bad joke. Beck does tend to come across at times like some clever spoilt brat. He's smart and mischievous, smashing up post-modern culture into spiky and difficult pieces before deftly rebuilding them into beautiful and complex musical shapes. He speaks a strange language, is simultaneously happy and sad, knows who he is yet constantly toys with his identity, and wears so many colours that they eventually become back and white. And this time the black and white reads 'Genius at Work'. Get down or get out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Want to hear what sort of a sound Prince would have made if he had been born white? Beck's latest foray will certainly fill that gap! Stuffed to the brim with funky little anecdotes, some dead cheap guitar work and fortifying the whole cocktail with snappy, elastic jazz bass playing that will nail you to the seat unless you get up and boogie, Midnite Vultures hosts some of the most funked up, bluesiest guitar playing you'll hear from awhite guy this side of 1974. Beck's also revelling in-newly found sleaze -- and its a treat for the listener.
Now this is *not* a low-fi extravaganza. There's a lot of very precisely recorded material stuffed onto this disk that will keep you reaching for the volume knob. Percussion fills are honed to the point almost painful precision while the initially incongruous addition of cheap 60s synths makes the Jackson 5 falsetto laughable if it wasn't all so good. Beck's characteristic guitar work and doubled (and tripled!) voices slide around the 11-song soundscape depicting a world of cheap hookers, scam merchants and odd chracters that appear around almost every corner. There's hommage to The Osmonds (love that Crazy Horses riff!), the O-Jays, and Grand Master Flash to be found in just about every track -- if you listen hard enough.
Throughout Midnite Vultures are big, fat funky horn stabs and guitar chops that keep the mood sleazy enough for even the most cynically entrenched techno listener. Your journey starts with the relative hard techno and stax-style soul combination of Sexx Laws through to the distortion and railyard clatter of Broken Train "did you ever let a cowboy sit on your lap? (ladies)"... Ending with a beautiful but untitled Track 12.
Following on from Beck's spectacular Odelay!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great Beck record. 3 Dec 1999
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If there is one rule that Beck has learned from all other great artists (Dylan,Bowie,Young, Lennon,Prince etc.) Is never be afraid to follow your own artistic direction and if this means not giving people what they want then so be it. Midnite Vultures is the sound of a man doing exactly what feels right and thus challenging the lister to like it or else leave it. This record is saturated in black music whether it is the soul sound of Phillidelphia and Memphis or the funk of Prince, Sly stone, Parliment, and Grandmaster flash. There is also nods to the electronica of Kraftwerk and the new wave funk of Talking heads. Midnite Vultures is not as diverse and sprawling as Odelay mainly because that records influences where more varied where as Midnite Vultures is centerd mainly around the sound of early eighties new-wave and black funk, what Beck does with this music is give it his own unique spin and it this talent that Beck has of personilising any musical style he cares to tackle that makes him such an exciting artist. The album is full of great lyrics sleazy and dark witty rhymes and musically it's very innovitive and skilled. On this record Beck also excells vocally sounding remarkably like Prince on a lot of the albums tracks most notably on 'Peaches and Cream' and 'Debra' and it's impresive to hear Beck pushing his vocal talents to their very limits.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A humourous sonic kaleidoscope of styles 27 Nov 1999
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This album took me by surprise. I was a casual fan of Beck until I heard Sexx Laws and bought Midnite Vultures on the strength of that. It's fun, inventive, experimental, and poppy all at once. Beck throws current and past musical styles together without appearing at all retro. This album is distinctively Beck but at the same time is like a weird hall of mirrors in which if you look one way you see(hear?) Talking Heads, if you look another way you see Prince, then Motown, Nirvana (on "Pressure Zone") and Dylan, not to mention a plethora of hip-hop artists. It's lyrically clever but above all great fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beck
Good producer of work over the year's, funky and cultured. A lot of change between each of his albums which brings you back to a man that keeps re innovating. Read more
Published 8 months ago by dinky
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
This, I think, is still Beck's finest musical excursion to date. I've read a lot of the other reviews, and I understand some people's reservations about it, and that they prefer... Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2008 by Neil
4.0 out of 5 stars nearly great!
not as good as odelay or mutations but still better than most of the crap out there. It can get annoyingly like prince at times and hollywood freaks is pure pretentious lame-rap... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2004 by "michaelbyfield"
4.0 out of 5 stars nearly great
midnite vultures has good and bad songs. milk and honey stands out while hollywood freaks is pure pretentious crap. in short a good album but with some setbacks.
Published on 31 Jan 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame!
The People who say this is better than Mellow Gold obviously don't have a very good ear for music. This is shameful and irritating to listen to. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2004 by "wateroftao"
4.0 out of 5 stars funky
I would recomend to anyone who listens to this album and question Beck's talent to get hold of his "One Foot In the Grave" LP and listen to those two one after the other. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2001 by hennyp_uk@yahoo.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck shifts styles but no loss of quality
Whilst Mutations was predominantly acousitc based, Midnite Vultures is a much more 80s hip-hop style of music. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars What a treat from such a great artist
This album will have you up and dancing from the word go. The amazing brass section employed by Beck is second to none, and the general standard of musicianship is fantastic. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly weird
Beck has obviously come a long way since his first album proving that his songs span different genres and can appeal to all sorts of people. Read more
Published on 21 July 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A warning for the uninitiated...
If, like Neill Strickland (see below) you were expecting Beck's latest album to sound like Mutations, you probably deserve to hate every second of Midnite Vultures. Read more
Published on 17 July 2000 by R. Price
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