Wed, Sep. 16, 9pm EDT - 'Sea Change' by Beck

This was the first Beck album I ever bought.  I purchased it in the midst of a solo cross country trip back in July 2006.  I hadn't brought any CD's with me (I had my ipod in tow) so this one remained in the player the entire time. Needless to say I listened to it quite a bit (didn't always feel like hooking up the ipod).  I knew and had heard nothing about Sea Change when I bought it. I just knew I needed some Beck in my collection and was intrigued enough by the cover to shell out the dough for it.

If you really pressed me I probably couldn't tell you, off the top of my head, a single lyric on the entire album.  But that doesn't mean I don't love the album.  What I really love about it is the vibe and aura of it.  Driving through a lot of open landscapes on America's two lane highways was a perfect fit for this album.  Admittedly, some of the music can be a bit eerie and foreboding at times - not precisely a recipe for wandering the country on your own - but it can also be very comforting.  The presence of the instrumentation feels very thick as it wraps you up and draws you in.  And that feeling of closeness and warmth made for a great co-pilot on my trip.  

But of course the appeal of this album goes well beyond the limited scope of what made me connect with it on my journey.  Beck is obviously an immensely talented songwriter and musician, and although I've listened to the album a countless number of times, I'm really looking forward to listening to it again during "Album Night" where I can sit down and concentrate on nothing but the songs and anything and everything that is going on within them.  And that, after all, is what makes "Album Night" so unique and rewarding. Setting aside one hour every few weeks to really concentrate on a piece of art without distraction is often exactly what's needed in this chaotic world. Just as you would look at a painting and see every brush stroke, the same can be done with a great album. Every note, every instrument, every vocal and every sound is just like an individual stroke. Put them all together and you have an expressive work of art: 'The Album'.

And with that I invite you all to join me for "Album Night" on Wednesday, Sept 16 at 9pm EDT as we bask in the glow of Beck's Sea Change.  I'll 'see' you then!

36 comments

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Welcome to "Album Night"! Before we get started, here is my usual, but important, reminder for the event: ***Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event so you can see all the comments as they are posted. The site will not automatically update on its own.***

    Welcome to "Album Night"! Before we get started, here is my usual, but important, reminder for the event:
    ***Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event so you can see all the comments as they are posted. The site will not automatically update on its own.***

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Here a couple of links if you want to do some reading on the album: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/sea-change-20020910 http://www.spin.com/2012/09/beck-sea-change-tenth-anniversary/ And here's a link to the lyrics: http://genius.com/albums/Beck/Sea-change
  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Anyone else out there yet? We'll kick off in 5 minutes. Exactly at 9pm ET as always

    Anyone else out there yet? We'll kick off in 5 minutes. Exactly at 9pm ET as always

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    hi john! just made it in the nick of time! i'm ready to roll!

    hi john! just made it in the nick of time! i'm ready to roll!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Welcome Sarah! One minute until start

    Welcome Sarah! One minute until start

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Sea Change' by Beck. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Sea Change' by Beck. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    let the golden age begin!

    let the golden age begin!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Ohh, these day I barely get by I don't even try" Sort of sets the tone for the album

    "Ohh, these day I barely get by
    I don't even try"
    Sort of sets the tone for the album

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    the music is beautiful. i could see how it was great for driving cross country

    the music is beautiful. i could see how it was great for driving cross country

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah. I just felt like I was floating sometimes [though I always remained in complete control of the car of course... :) ]

    Yeah. I just felt like I was floating sometimes [though I always remained in complete control of the car of course... smile ]

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    There's some great effects going on in here. On "Paper Tiger" now, but it really runs throughout

    There's some great effects going on in here. On "Paper Tiger" now, but it really runs throughout

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Guess I'm Doing Fine", track 3, starting now.

    "Guess I'm Doing Fine", track 3, starting now.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    thank you for posting a link to the lyrics. it's hard to understand what he's singing a lot of times

    thank you for posting a link to the lyrics. it's hard to understand what he's singing a lot of times

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    You're welcome Sarah. I agree with what you're saying which is probably why I feel like I'm hearing the lyrics for the first time. I'm following along too. Definitely helps get a deeper sense of the album. He wrote the album after a break up with a girlfriend, I believe.

    You're welcome Sarah. I agree with what you're saying which is probably why I feel like I'm hearing the lyrics for the first time. I'm following along too. Definitely helps get a deeper sense of the album. He wrote the album after a break up with a girlfriend, I believe.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I'd have to say that I hear some similarities with Radiohead a bit. Musically of course

    I'd have to say that I hear some similarities with Radiohead a bit. Musically of course

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    this song is amazing! lonesome tears. great ending!

    this song is amazing! lonesome tears. great ending!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Lost Cause", track 5, starting now. Much different feel for this one after that ending (I agree Sarah!). Much simpler arrangement

    "Lost Cause", track 5, starting now. Much different feel for this one after that ending (I agree Sarah!). Much simpler arrangement

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "I'm tired of fighting Fighting for a lost cause" Can definitely see the breakup in the lyrics

    "I'm tired of fighting
    Fighting for a lost cause"
    Can definitely see the breakup in the lyrics

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    yeah, it's been pretty prevalent

    yeah, it's been pretty prevalent

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "You owe nothing to the past but wasted time To serve a sentence that was only in your mind" great lyrics in "End of the Day"

    "You owe nothing to the past but wasted time
    To serve a sentence that was only in your mind"
    great lyrics in "End of the Day"

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "It's All In Your Mind", track 7, starting now.

    "It's All In Your Mind", track 7, starting now.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    I'm mesmerized by the album. sorry i'm not commenting much. its pretty heavy at times and really pulls you in

    I'm mesmerized by the album. sorry i'm not commenting much. its pretty heavy at times and really pulls you in

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    No problem Sarah. I feel the same way. Just sit back and enjoy the album!

    No problem Sarah. I feel the same way. Just sit back and enjoy the album!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Cause it feels like I'm watching something die" from "Already Dead". Doesn't sound like fun...

    "Cause it feels like I'm watching something die" from "Already Dead". Doesn't sound like fun...

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Sunday Sun", track 10, starting now.

    "Sunday Sun", track 10, starting now.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    can't believe only 2 more tracks after this one. seems like we just started. i guess they always fly by though!

    can't believe only 2 more tracks after this one. seems like we just started. i guess they always fly by though!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    The great ones will do that! :)

    The great ones will do that! smile

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Little One", track 11, starting now. Only one more after this...

    "Little One", track 11, starting now. Only one more after this...

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    And the finale, "Side Of The Road" starting now. It almost felt as if the album was ending at the end of "Little One"

    And the finale, "Side Of The Road" starting now. It almost felt as if the album was ending at the end of "Little One"

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    yeah, i got that feeling too. can't wait to see what's in store here on the real closer

    yeah, i got that feeling too. can't wait to see what's in store here on the real closer

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    definitely one of the simpler sounding ones (arrangement wise) to close out. not sure i wouldn't have preferred ending on "Little One" but i guess "Side of the Road" does guide you gently back to reality and has some merit as the closer

    definitely one of the simpler sounding ones (arrangement wise) to close out. not sure i wouldn't have preferred ending on "Little One" but i guess "Side of the Road" does guide you gently back to reality and has some merit as the closer

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah. I wonder if it just fit better lyrically to have "Side of the Road" as the last? Him being on the different side of the road of the ex and finally seeing the relationship in the past

    yeah. I wonder if it just fit better lyrically to have "Side of the Road" as the last? Him being on the different side of the road of the ex and finally seeing the relationship in the past

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    i could buy into that! :-) another great album though. what's up next time? i wouldn't mind heading back into the 60's...

    i could buy into that! :-) another great album though. what's up next time? i wouldn't mind heading back into the 60's...

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Well, I had a few ideas in mind, but since you say that, it makes it easy... "Album Night" will return on Wed, October 7 with 'Pet Sounds' by The Beach Boys!

    Well, I had a few ideas in mind, but since you say that, it makes it easy...

    "Album Night" will return on Wed, October 7 with 'Pet Sounds' by The Beach Boys!

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    a classic. i look forward to it. thanks again for hosting this john!

    a classic. i look forward to it. thanks again for hosting this john!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    You're welcome Sarah! Thank you for joining "Album Night" tonight and many times before. I look forward to seeing you here again! A good night to all!

    You're welcome Sarah! Thank you for joining "Album Night" tonight and many times before. I look forward to seeing you here again!

    A good night to all!

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