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    Big science. Hallelujah. noddin0ff's Avatar
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    Modern Guilt

    I haven't seen any comments on this. Am I reading the wrong threads?

    I count 2.5 decent songs on the latest from Beck. I think I'd place it in the same cluster as Mutations and Sea Change, but it's not as good as either. I thought I heard Gamma Ray on the radio, which is a shame 'cause that song seems to bore me more than others on the album. It also isn't very representative. Gamma Ray has this retro guitar riff that makes you think that Beck is going to mix another fun batch of sounds into the album. But, he doesn't.

    I'm now listening to track 3, Chemtrail and thinking how banal these lame existentialist lyrics are. I'll quote.

    I canít believe what weíve seen outside
    You and me watching the jets go by
    Oh, oooh, oh
    Oh, oooh, oh

    Down by the sea so many peopleíve
    Already drowned
    You and me watching the sea full of people
    Try not to drown

    So many people, so many people
    Where do they go?
    You and me watching the sky full of chemtrails
    Thatís where we can float

    All I can take from these skies is fog
    And all I can see in this light are boats sinking
    Oh, oooh, oh

    Anyway, noddin not happy with Beck. Noddin not as disappointed with Beck as with Portishead. Noddin finds redeeming value in Beck's songs Orphans, Modern Guilt, and Soul of Man. Noddin believes 5 of 10 songs to suck, however.

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    Suspended 3-LockBox's Avatar
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    Hey! Over here!
    so you don't like the new Portishead?

    never been much of a Beck fan myself.

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    Musicaholic Forums Moderator ForeverAutumn's Avatar
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    I've tried to like Beck. But not successfully.

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    West of the fields, long gone
    I actually kinda liked the new one for the first couple of listens. Must have been in the mood for it. But yeah, it faded pretty quickly for me. Too much angst, not enough 'cool & clever'.

    About half of it works, and half really doesn't. At least it's not too long, though.
    Mr. MidFi
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