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Beck's 10 Albums Ranked

Being the Beck fanatic that I am, I feel like I want to represent my personal opinions on his work. Plus, as the old Sputnik saying goes, I'm bored. Everyone's entitled to a first list, right?

Probably my favorite album of all time, Beck basically outdoes everyone with a recording that puts the entire world of music in a blender and serves it up with an unrelenting amount of creativity and pure awesomeness.
Mellow Gold

At first, Mellow Gold might seem like a collection half full of gems and half full of nightmarish experimental failures. But once you get past all the initial wtf-iness and allow yourself to be immersed in the music, those same songs will scream with greatness.

Most of Mutations consists of a Beck who sounds defeated while singing beautiful graveyard lullaby's and western-saloon piano tunes. Seriously. But after the first few listens, the music and lyrics hit hard, and the album becomes a sublime essential.
Midnite Vultures

In which Beck embraces his inner Prince and funks the roof right off. Despite one or two tracks near the end being a little weak or unfitting (I'm talkin' to you, Beautiful Way), Midnite Vultures is a huge success.
Sea Change

And then he does this. A melancholic collection of acoustic guitar songs if there ever was one, Sea Change shows that Beck has the talent to make yet another left turn work. Now, he's no Sufjan, but most of Sea Change is direct, emotional and undeniably great.

Some people felt that Guero was simply the sound of Beck trying to revisit the impeccable Odelay and failing hard. Now, I'll agree that it can get a little re-hashy here and there, but Guero is mostly just Beck doing what he does best: making great music. There isn't much wrong with that.
7 Beck
Stereopathetic Soulmanure

Did you even know this was an album? Yup, Beck's not-too-popular first release is pretty much Mellow Gold except 5 times more unhinged. Hey, I think it's great.
The Information

Beck's wacky, signature spin on pop music is fine for an album, but The Information lacks in that none of it really amazes. Sure, it doesn't necessarily get boring, and it's a worthy purchase for any fan, but some tracks are just unnecessary and the others don't get much better than great. At least the make-your-own-album-cover thing is a lot of fun.
Modern Guilt

After a few months of waiting, Modern Guilt felt like a disappointment. It has loads of potential, but it is too same-sounding and waaay too short. In retrospect, I'd have rather spent my money on something else.
One Foot in the Grave

Beck's passable folk prequel to Odelay is oft-overlooked for good reason.
Boring album is Boring.
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