Beck Essentials

Beck Essentials

Beck started out as an indie folk prankster in the early ‘90s, but it was clear that he was never going to be satisfied with acoustic guitars. Recreating himself as a mumbling hip-hop oddball, without totally abandoning the folkie touches, he scored massively with 1994's Mellow Gold and 1996's Odelay, where The Dust Brothers helped him concoct a sample-heavy pastiche of ‘70s funk and ‘90s alt-rock, perfectly capturing the tongue-in-cheek retro vibe of the era. The lascivious and not-quite-serious jams continued with 1999's Midnite Vultures, but with 2003's Sea Change he returned to folk and classic pop, with a sincerity he'd never displayed before. In 2015, Beck earned the Album of the Year GRAMMY® for Morning Phase. An elder statesmen of indie rock with his slacker past long behind him, Beck's albums now split the difference between the unpredictable grooves of his early music and his sad-eyed troubadour persona.

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