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I don't find Beck to be a particularly good vocalist


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#1 boscofuller

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Posted 28 November 2014 - 08:03 PM

I realize that I am entirely alone in this viewpoint, but when Beck actually attempts to emote, such as on "Sea Change" or "Morning Phase", and in a live setting, I find his voice to be rather grating.  It is like a deep nasal drone.  Interestingly, his older talk-sing songs are ones that I find much more musically satisfying from a vocal standpoint, think "Cyanide Breath-mint" from "One Foot in the Grave" or "Pay No Mind (Snoozer)" from "Mellow Gold".  God bless all you folks.


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Posted 29 November 2014 - 07:57 PM

when I first heard sea change I didn't like it at all and it was almost entirely because of his vocals. they sounded forced and.. commercial? he practically became an entirely new song writer. prior to sea change his songs, ironically, had more of an identifiable and relatable quality to them. I dont think I can really connect with a song like "lonesome tears" still even if I made a real effort to. Having said that though, even if I cant really get into the feeling that he was trying to convey with these songs, I had grown to like them. I just dont feel like im really putting my hand on the wheel and letting the golden age begin. and honestly I feel like what I mostly like about the songs really all come down to the production.

 

but yeah beck seems to think that was his greatest accomplishment or something considering hes been trying to emulate sea change ever since just in different ways. Guero and the information were albums I could connect with a lot more, and morning phase is probably the best follow up to sea change anyone could reasonably hope for (I dont know if anyone was actively waiting for a follow up to sea change though). So even if my favorite albums of his are one foot in the grave and odelay, the albums from the past decade are definitely ones Ive enjoyed as well. just for different reasons. which is good I think because if Beck was doing what I think most people wanted him to do, and revert back to the folk guitar guy jumping around with a leafblower, thatd get so old so quick. I dont think it ever got old for anyone though because not long after everyone started listening to him he ditched that persona.



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Posted 29 November 2014 - 09:29 PM

Beck doesn't think beck is a great vocalist from what I've read in interviews. He says he knows what he's capable of, works with that, and is kind of making it up/isn't quite trained. Though he's often hard on himself in terms of praise


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Posted 29 November 2014 - 10:55 PM

I vaguely recall him saying he took voice lessons back in 97 or 98 or so.  That's why ever since Mutations his style is vastly different.  Even when he sings the old stuff from One Foot, he sings them in the newer "polished" style.

 

I don't mind...I think he's great either way.  But I remember my friend cringing at Mutations cause he said he hated the singing and he didn't even sound like Beck anymore.



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Posted 30 November 2014 - 07:51 PM

I love his voice. It's warm and very expressive. But then Sea Change is my favourite album of his, the one that really made me fall in love with his music on another level :)

 

That said, I liked his voice pre-Sea Change too. I honestly think his voice changed with age though. Everyone's voice gets lower as they get older. The reason why even accomplished singers can't hit the same notes they could hit when younger, often have to change old songs to a lower key. Beck hit puberty at 30 ha ha


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Posted 01 December 2014 - 02:08 AM

On a much kinder note, his acoustic guitar playing has generally improved.


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Posted 01 December 2014 - 07:45 AM

I have to say that very recently I had two friends who are not fans and got to listen to Sea Change on my recommendation and both of them, without me prompting them, commented on how pleasant and expressive his voice is, something that, having only been familiar with Loser and a few tracks from Odelay, they weren't expecting. They thought he's a very good singer. True story.


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Posted 01 December 2014 - 07:52 AM

And let's not forget his 17 octave vocal range :lol:


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Posted 01 December 2014 - 03:06 PM

my mom thinks Beck has nice voice, so this pretty much settles the case



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Posted 18 December 2014 - 08:45 PM

And let's not forget his 17 octave vocal range :lol:

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 12:46 PM

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 12:53 PM

I like his voice but I don't think it is his stongest instrument.  Would the chairs on The Voice tv show turn around for Beck?    



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Posted 14 April 2015 - 01:30 AM

He has a beautiful voice in my opinion. Warm and relaxing. But I 

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