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Stereopathetic Soulmanure

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Beck

1994

This is technically Beck's 1st full-length album being that it was released independently a week before his major-label debut Mellow Gold.  I say technically, because, to say that Stereopathetic Soulmanure is a bit of a strange beast would be quite an understatement.  It's basically a 25 song mix-tape collage of half-baked, delightfully deranged skits, home recordings, and scuzzy jams that all add up to quite a bizarre listening experience.  It's kind of like the most acid-fried moments of Mellow Gold stretched-out over the course of an hour...except even weirder and druggier (and more country-inflected).  So suffice to say if you appreciate the eccentric, warped, lo-fi genius that was Beck circa-1994 then Stereopathetic Soulmanure can be a highly entertaining listening experience.  This captures pre-fame Beck at his dirtiest, his most whacked-out/warped, his most amusing, but also, possibly his most creative. A truly bizarre mixed-bag of deranged experimentation.  Good stuff for what it is.

7.7

 

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