Original Release - 2002
MFSL Release - 2009
Beck is a chameleon, with every album comes a new artistic approach, and thats what has always impressed me about him. Each album is distinctively Beck, yet each album is a departure from the last, always pushing to find new and creative ways to express himself through music. I like how one can never really know what he is going to do next.
I love the title of this album, because it means so many things. Not only is "Sea Change" an excellent indicator of what lies within, but it is a beautiful concept, one that Beck has a firm grasp on. With this album comes a different tone and feel than his previous work. This is not an album that Beck cut to tape in his basement, this is a production. Due to the beautiful production of this album by Nigel Godrich, this album feels like a rich tapestry of colors, bright and full of life. It reminded me of the first time I heard "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".
If an album could ever encapsulate the beauty of a sunset, this may be it. Its a warm, and full album that is greatly (compared to my CD copy) enhanced by the care and craftsmanship of the good folks at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. From the opening "The Golden Age", through the beautiful and infectious "Lost Cause" and ending with the bonus track "Ship In A Bottle", this is essential Beck, and an essential recording for your library.
The packaging and contents of this vinyl remaster are excellent. The double album is pressed on 180-Gram vinyl and the album is housed in a heavy duty gatefold, perfect for safe keeping this cornerstone of your sonic collection.
Album - A
Vinyl - A
Thanks to my good pal David for mentioning the Becktionary to me. Interesting stuff found here: http://becktionary.tumblr.com/
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