Beck

Beck

Beck

Few artist warrant the term ‘transcendiary’ like Beck. Though many regard 1996 album Odelay as the definitive Beck work, the only real defining feature of Beck’s work is that it escapes all labels.

1994 debut LP Mellow Gold took Beck to mainstream radio, mainly on the strength of hit single Loser. Though many saw Loser as cheap and wrote Beck off as a novelty act, Mellow Gold’s original blend of pop, alternative rock and country made it the surprise hit of 1994.

After releasing Stereopathetic Soulmanure and One Foot in the Grave through independents, Beck returned in 1996 to silence his critics with Odelay, which easily eclipsed the efforts of Mellow Gold. Linking up with production team The Dust Brothers (Beastie Boys), Beck expanded even further from his already eclectic sound, with electronic and hip-hop tangents making Odelay a unique album that achieved double-platinum sales and two Grammy Awards.

Though fans and critics alike were waiting for an equally impressive follow-up album, Mutations was anything but. The album was a laid-back folksy stopgap release designed to keep Beck occupied until the next album proper. That album came in the form of Midnight Vultures, a collection of warped pop songs dripping with innuendo. Sexx Laws and Mixed Bizness were the big hits of the album, which was nominated for Best Album at the 2000 Grammys.

When Beck returned, he once again defied expectation and released a record completely unlike all of his others. Sea Change, a dreamy, melancholy breakup album. No singles were released from the album and sales didn’t come close to the achievements of Odelay, but to fans and critics, it sits right next to Beck’s 1996 effort as one of his best.

2005 brought Guero, Beck’s sixth major label album, which hit number two on the US albums chart, his best result yet. Though it struggled to break any new ground, it fell back on Beck’s most prominent influence: Beck. After remix album Guerolito, 2006’s The Information continued that trend, pulling together the best of his previous albums into an hour-long cross-section of his career.


International news roundup: Keith Richards likes to watch Wayne Coyne play Pictionary

International news roundup: Keith Richards likes to watch Wayne Coyne play Pictionary

By Tom Mann 17th May, 2013

Wayne Coyne is naked, again. Keith Richards watches Wayne Coyne play Pictionary. Beck and his all-star mates announce a 'Song Book' gig. Ozzy Osbourne doesn't remember stuff. And Diddy reveals that he's a liar.

International news roundup: Kelis goes indie, Beck goes acoustic2

International news roundup: Kelis goes indie, Beck goes acoustic

By Tom Mann 1st May, 2013

Beck is back with an acoustic album, Kelis brings TV On the Radio's Dave Sitek to the yard, Fleetwood Mac join the long list of 2013 comebacks, and the Beastie Boys get animated in a "lost" interview from 1985.

International news round-up:

International news round-up: "There is music and it's coming!"

By Jody Macgregor 30th Dec, 2012

Beck hints at new material, Queens of the Stone Age drop no hints at all, My Bloody Valentine finish a record – all this, and more, in our weekend round-up of international news.

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tiktokcrock tiktokcrock said on Mon 3rd Mar, 2014
"wow number 5 in the aria charts amazing!good album thats ..."
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nos235 nos235 said on Fri 21st Feb, 2014
"It's a bit folksie. My daughter likes it though - Heart i..."
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back_to_you back_to_you said on Mon 20th Jan, 2014
"cool :)"
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kalieriemer kalieriemer said on Thu 21st Nov, 2013
"love this idea for a lyric video haha...childish gambino ..."
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gumbuoy gumbuoy said on Wed 3rd Jul, 2013
"I just went to order the two Beck 12-inches, and they wan..."