- Audio CD (23 Dec. 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Polydor Group
- ASIN: B000033JZU
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Midnite Vultures CD
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BECK Midnite Vultures (1999 UK 11-track CD album including the singles Sexx Laws and Mixed Bizness picture sleeve)
Beck Hansen's sixth album again demonstrates his unparalleled ability to mix and match genres without overwhelming his essential style. Midnite Vultures is his peculiar tribute to the pre-hip hop American urban music of the Eighties, not a million miles from the peaks of that other wilful eccentric, Prince. "Sexxlaws" is a catchy melange including horns and down-home banjo picking, the inexplicable "Nicotine And Gravy" harks back to George Clinton's early P-funk, while the superlative "Milk And Honey" steals knowingly from Grandmaster Flash's "The Message", alongside electro beats and a huge rock chorus. Throw in pretty country ("Beautiful Way"), nasal G-funk ("Hollywood Freaks"), Tom Waits-style dissonance ("Out of Kontrol", where he asks "Did you ever let a cowboy sit on your lap?") and the relentless funk of "Mixed Business" and you have nothing less than another eclectic masterpiece. --Steve JelbertSee all Product Description
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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.
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!Read more ›
When I heard comparisons to Prince on it's release I wasn't thrilled. But you don't have to like that style of music to enjoy this record. This record transcends genre, and is thrilling to those who are fascinated by the possibilities of music. It contains some of the most creative music I have ever heard, but don't worry if you don't like it - it's ok, you're just wrong. Criticising Beck (like criticising the Beastie Boys or Neil Young), is like saying to God, "yeah, I like mountains, trees and rivers... but wasps!?! They're just crap!"
This album could be credited to The Artist Formerly Known As Beck such is the spectre of Prince both in musical and vocal styles, especially the falsetto and softly-spoken voice-over in 'Debra' and the feel of 'Raspberry Beret' suggested by 'Peaches & Cream'. 'Milk & Honey' weds 80s synthesizer to funky beats, rock guitar and groovy gibberish lyrics. Only 'Beautiful Way', including backing vocals from Beth Orton, would fit easily into his previous release, the acoustic 'Mutations'.
Such plundering could result in empty, fragmented postmodern fare but Beck transcends these potential reservations. His music has a rare energy and coherence as exemplified in the triumphant horns of 'Sexx Laws' or the downright dirty feel of 'Hollywood Freaks'. The latter includes particularly inspired surreal stream of sub-consciousness raps. The only quibble would be the gap between the final named track and a bonus piece of music. This is becoming an increasingly regular trait of CDs and Beck is the worst culprit yet with seven minutes of John Cage-type silence between 'Debra' and some Atari Teenage Riot-esque noise. That apart, 'Midnite Vultures' is magnificent. Beck might soon run out of genres to ransack but if anyone could successfully merge thrash metal with brass band tunes, it's him.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on 28 Nov. 2013 by warhammer
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 morePublished on 31 Jan. 2004
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
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 morePublished on 29 Jan. 2004
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 morePublished on 15 Dec. 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Whilst Mutations was predominantly acousitc based, Midnite Vultures is a much more 80s hip-hop style of music. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2001
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 morePublished on 16 Nov. 2000
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 morePublished on 21 July 2000