Midnite Vultures

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
From the tips of his folkie fingers to the bottom of his burrito soul, Beck Hansen is a rock-'n'-roll utopian. It's just that his version of Eden is a never-ending block party barbecue on the shuffleboard deck of the Love Boat. As alt-rock's unlikely hero of pleasure-friendly irony and love-man fronting, Beck has put a sheepish smile on the often-anonymous face of late-'90s sample-pop culture, reinventing the Beastie Boys' thrift-store aesthetics as some mutant spawn of Bob Dylan and Tom Jones might have it. In this fine tradition, MIDNITE VULTURES picks up where 1996's shake-'n'-bake classic, ODELAY, left off, goosing Beck's standard art-hop boogie with metal riffs on ...
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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
From the tips of his folkie fingers to the bottom of his burrito soul, Beck Hansen is a rock-'n'-roll utopian. It's just that his version of Eden is a never-ending block party barbecue on the shuffleboard deck of the Love Boat. As alt-rock's unlikely hero of pleasure-friendly irony and love-man fronting, Beck has put a sheepish smile on the often-anonymous face of late-'90s sample-pop culture, reinventing the Beastie Boys' thrift-store aesthetics as some mutant spawn of Bob Dylan and Tom Jones might have it. In this fine tradition, MIDNITE VULTURES picks up where 1996's shake-'n'-bake classic, ODELAY, left off, goosing Beck's standard art-hop boogie with metal riffs on "Pressure Zone" and theremin flow on "Broken Train." Goosier still is the gutbucket bustler "Mixed Bizness," which gets risky by "mixing business with leather," and "Hollywood Freaks," on which ultra-sex-fiend Kool Keith strolls by to help Beck bust out a little Octagonal rhyme style. All of this serves as padding for a record that essentially reads like a weird, wily essay on sex and sensitivity in the late '90s. The single "Sexx Laws" rides a Swinging London go-go groove to spoof the "logic" of gender roles, with Beck stepping up to offer, "I'm a full grown man/but I'm not afraid to cry." And it isn't hard to see through all the saucy steam and references to the "good ship ménage à trois" to find a sweet, gentle soul hungry for a little connection in an alienated age. Sure, he might deliver his Prince parody slow-jam, "Debra," with the flair of a vaudeville comedian, but there's a spooky sincerity poking through his stylized smirk in lines like "Baby, step inside my Hyundai" -- even if the real hook is the chorus, "I wanna get with you and your sister/I think her name's Debra." And yet just as Beck balanced the winks and hijinks of ODELAY's "Where It's At" with the Dylanesque "Jack Ass," the soft, luminous reverie "Beautiful Way" sees him praying for true love that won't hit the road before the whipped cream goes flat on the motel sheets. Sure, it isn't exactly Jewel trying to save your soul, but in the age of irony a little humanism goes a long way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/1999
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949048525
  • Catalog Number: 490485
  • Sales rank: 1,283

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sexx Laws (3:39)
  2. 2 Nicotine & Gravy (5:12)
  3. 3 Mixed Bizness (4:10)
  4. 4 Get Real Paid (4:20)
  5. 5 Hollywood Freaks (3:59)
  6. 6 Peaches & Cream (4:54)
  7. 7 Broken Train (4:11)
  8. 8 Milk & Honey (5:19)
  9. 9 Beautiful Way (5:43)
  10. 10 Pressure Zone (3:06)
  11. 11 Debra (13:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beck Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Vocoder
David Brown Tenor Saxophone
David Campbell Viola
Larry Corbett Cello
Joel Derouin Violin
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar
Jay Dee Maness Pedal Steel Guitar
Johnny Marr Electric Guitar
Herb Pedersen Banjo
Fernando Pullum Horn
David Ralicke Trombone
Joe Turano Horn, Background Vocals
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Smokey Hormel Guitar
Joey Waronker Percussion, Drums
Beth Orton Background Vocals
The Dust Brothers scratching
Steve Baxter Horn, Background Vocals
Justin Meldal-Johnsen Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Shaker, Upright Bass
Valerie Pinkston Background Vocals
Roger Manning Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Clavinet, Percus, Shaker, Vocoder
DJ Swamp scratching
Eve Butler Violin
Arroyo Bombers Choir, Chorus
Arroyo Tabernacle Mens Chorale Choir, Chorus
Jon Birdsong Trumpet
Tony Hoffer Guitar, wah wah guitar
Technical Credits
Beck Programming, Producer, Horn Arrangements
David Campbell String Arrangements, String Conductor
Brian Gardner Mastering
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Chris Bellman Mastering
The Dust Brothers Programming, Producer, Engineer
Mickey Petralia Programming, Producer, Engineer
The Eye Artwork, Art Direction, Collage
Gimbop Layout Direction
Michel Gondry Collage
Tony Hoffer Programming, Producer, Engineer, Sound Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    funkilicious!

    The disco-funk, the grooves, the country twangs, the hip-hop beats - it's all one big happy family on this album! The lyrics are both rediculous and genius. Beck belts out the soul on such tracks as Sexx Laws, Hollywood Freaks, and the spectacular groovieness of Debra. One of the best albums of the 90s!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GENIUS

    beck surely is a genius....is album is probably his best yet. it's a party in a jewel case. the horns are great. though you can hear roots from classic rock funk and soul you can also hear some from free form jazz. beck has a great voice does an amazing falsetto....(i hope his voice recovers after the tour he's just been singing so high day in and out!) this album is bulgeing w/ soul. i love it (as if you couldn't tell) i also saw him in concert for the midnite vultures tour, it was great it was a party everyone was singing and danceing. beck puts so much passion into his music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Zowie!

    I loved this album! It is crammed with every musical influence of the last 30 years. My husband and I listened to and we heard: Sly Stone, Dylan, Prince, B52s and intertwined into original Beck tunes. It allows you to see that he can do it all. I haven't listened to an album for a week solid since I was a teenager. I dare anyone not to crank this disc in their car!!! fun fun fun fun fun!!!! What can't this guy do?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is Beck's Best Since Odelay

    Beck smashed music boundaries in the mid 90's with Odelay. Then he had a more folky Mutations. Now he is back with a funkalicious Midnite Vultures. At first I wasn't sure what to make of his latest album, but once I heard some tracks I was hooked. If you liked Odelay, definitly check this funky, R&B influenced album. You won't regret it. PS: I enjoy hearing comments about my reviews so feel free to send me E-Mails.

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