I've been listening through Political Beats podcast (apparently Jeff B is an ex-Babbler)(note in my What's Spinning I've been going through David Bowie discography as well as Rilo Kiley/Jenny Lewis which I just finished a discography listen. I slightly dig their debut EP, rarities album rkives and solo album Acid Tongue but the rest is forgettable) and then started listening to some of his earlier podcast and just finished with Beck.
I thought Midnite Vultures is a pretty excellent album (12/15 standard), I should give his other albums a relisten.
I then listened to Mellow Gold, One Foot in the Grave, Odelay, Mutations, Sea Changes, his "classic" albums.
It really just confirmed why I only remembered Midnite Vultures. I get the feeling with Beck that he is a mediocre melodist but gets by on emotional sincerity (in his Godrich album) and production.
I'm at lost to know why Devil's Haircut or Where Is At is a hit (this was popular when I was growing up) although I suspect the whole hip hop influence will always be a barrier for me to get Odelay album.
However I don't really like his folk Godrich produced albums either.
Sea Change his critically aclaimed "masterpiece" seems to be a repetitive melodies with lush productions.
The only two songs I like from the album is Loser (it's ok I guess due to the chorus) and Nobody's Fault But My Own
Midnite Vultures with it's soul influences forced Beck to actually sing and developed some sort of memorable hook or at least a memorable riff (with its funk influence).
I wonder whether there is anything in his late albums worth listening to as someone who really dig Midnite Vultures.
I guess I'm disappointed that George Starostin in his new site really seems to dig Beck despite admitting he is a limited songwriter
Note his description of Beck "This guy is honestly amazing ó one of the best songwr... er, visionaries of his genera≠tion," and then mentioned "copycat melody writer"
Back in the good old days he would be damning people for covering songwriting deficiency with sincerity and production. However George had to go and "expanded his horizon" and hence make his site less useful for myself