Sunday, October 20, 2002
Beautiful Loser

The new Beck. It's drenched with sadness. After a casual listen, it's like, "where's the weirdness?" "Where are the layers?"

A closer listen reveals that the layers, the Pere-Ubu-like weirdness remains. But it's integrated with such mastery into the overall structure of these beautiful sad pop numbers that it rarely becomes the focus. Instead, the feelings, the beautiful sadness, dominate.