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Beck — Orphans
Album: Modern Guilt
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7

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Total ratings: 607









Released: 2008
Length: 3:12
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Think I'm stranded but I don't know where
I got this diamond I don't know how to shine
In the sun where the dark winds wail
And these children leave their rulers behind

As we cross ten leagues from a rubicon
The matchsticks for my bones
If we can learn how to freeze ourselves alive
We can learn to leave these burdens to burn

Cast out these creatures of woe
Who shatter themselves
Fighting the fire with your bare hands

Now my journey takes me further south
I want to hear what the blind men sing
With their fossils and their gypsy bones
I'll stand beside myself so I'm not alone

And how can I make new again
What rusts every time it rains
And the rain it comes and floods our lungs
We're just orphans in a tidal wave's wake

If I wake up and see my maker coming
With all of his crimson and his iron desire
We'll drag the streets with the baggage of longing
To be loved or destroyed from a void
To a grain of sand in your hand
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 Stingray wrote:
SCIENTOLOGIST!!!!

 
Brilliant Musician!
 Stingray wrote:
SCIENTOLOGIST!!!!

 
My God, man: why have you been keeping this from us?!?!
 Dosequis wrote:
"When you're where you should be all the time & when you're not your with the wife of a close friend, wife of a close friend"....
Nice try Hanson but your little song "Orphans" already exists. You're ripping off "You're So Vain". See ya in court.
 

 
I thought that was "...some underworld spy or wife of a clothespin".  You learn something every day.
 Dosequis wrote:
You really should stop playing this. 

 
And that's because you're the only one said so? Not going to happen...
OK, so keep playing it.  PSD here I come.
You really should stop playing this. 
"When you're where you should be all the time & when you're not your with the wife of a close friend, wife of a close friend"....
Nice try Hanson but your little song "Orphans" already exists. You're ripping off "You're So Vain". See ya in court.
 
SCIENTOLOGIST!!!!
 Euskadita wrote:

Trying to be fair with Beck, one could say that he's got talent, but at the same time the good ideas don't come too often to his mind.

 
You have to like his voice and style, then let the songs grow on you. They sure do grow on me, in time
 jhorton wrote:
Thought that was Sid Barrett for a minute there....

 
{#Eh}
fresh beck..
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Interesting, as I had the same reaction after buying all his stuff up to "The Information". That album gave me the impression that he had just run out of ideas and was basically treading water. I did pick up "Modern Guilt" from the library recently and it is an improvement over "The Information" but not enough that I felt that I had to add it to my collection. Maybe he's past his creative peak, or maybe there are still some masterpieces on the horizon. Only time will tell.
 
Trying to be fair with Beck, one could say that he's got talent, but at the same time the good ideas don't come too often to his mind.
Sonic greatness
Thought that was Sid Barrett for a minute there....
Earlier today I told you guys about my beckophobia. I'll go hide somewhere now.
 AphidA wrote:
This is ok, and I suspect this album may be better than the last one (or maybe two)...  BUT, I've passed this one over altogether.  Until I hear something genuinely interesting again from Beck, I guess I'll settle for hearing it here only.
 
Interesting, as I had the same reaction after buying all his stuff up to "The Information". That album gave me the impression that he had just run out of ideas and was basically treading water. I did pick up "Modern Guilt" from the library recently and it is an improvement over "The Information" but not enough that I felt that I had to add it to my collection. Maybe he's past his creative peak, or maybe there are still some masterpieces on the horizon. Only time will tell.
 fuh2 wrote:
9 BIG thumbs up
 
Quite Sonic
Not for me!
 flatpicker wrote:
As good as this song is, the album as a whole is even better.
 
Rated a "3" the last time I heard it. I'm promoting it to a "5" now.

 flatpicker wrote:
As good as this song is, the album as a whole is even better.
 
Sold. Will buy this weekend!
As good as this song is, the album as a whole is even better.


 rickhoran wrote:
too short. only 33 minutes!
 
here's an interesting review that specifically addresses the album's length

 fuh2 wrote:
9 BIG thumbs up
 
I up with that!

9 BIG thumbs up
 AphidA wrote:
This is ok, and I suspect this album may be better than the last one (or maybe two)...  BUT, I've passed this one over altogether.  Until I hear something genuinely interesting again from Beck, I guess I'll settle for hearing it here only.

 

Beck's best effort by far.......this song is good, but far from the best this album has to offer.  Go get it.
 AphidA wrote:
This is ok, and I suspect this album may be better than the last one (or maybe two)...  BUT, I've passed this one over altogether.  Until I hear something genuinely interesting again from Beck, I guess I'll settle for hearing it here only.
 
i like his midnight vultures album..
This is ok, and I suspect this album may be better than the last one (or maybe two)...  BUT, I've passed this one over altogether.  Until I hear something genuinely interesting again from Beck, I guess I'll settle for hearing it here only.

Beck and the Eels are slowly merging into a single entity.
Glad we all got over the Scientology thing.
{#Hearteyes}
With the volumn down low, some of the melody reminds me of 'He's So Vain'
This is good stuff!
Every song I hear off the new album I like by itself, but taken as a whole album it all sort of blends together and ends too soon. (still like it though)
I'd chose him over Brad Pitt anyday!{#Hearteyes}

 spacemoose wrote:

"Greatest Hits albums are for housewives and old maids"
                                           -Bruce Mccullough

 

I don't know. I liked my old K-Tel records form the 70's...
 BettyB wrote:
I really like Beck, but I think I need a "Best of" or "Greatest Hits" album, rather than purchasing a whole bunch of different CDs. Do they exist? Any recommendations?
 
"Greatest Hits albums are for housewives and old maids"
                                           -Bruce Mccullough

BettyB wrote:
I really like Beck, but I think I need a "Best of" or "Greatest Hits" album, rather than purchasing a whole bunch of different CDs. Do they exist? Any recommendations?


Not yet as far as I know. And since his styles are so diverse and eclectic, a 'Greatest Hits' with a mix from all his albums would not flow well together. But hey, that what iTunes is for! Just get a couple songs from each album for a good sample. A quick internet search will tell you which song/songs were the hits from each album (although IMO the hits weren't always the best songs).

I would really love if they played more tracks off this album. 
I really like Beck, but I think I need a "Best of" or "Greatest Hits" album, rather than purchasing a whole bunch of different CDs. Do they exist? Any recommendations?
I had this really weird dream last night that Beck had died, and we were going through his stuff. It was all a bunch of random Americana—even his parents seemed to be just lying around.  And someone said, "So this is where he gets his ideas..."

 Ntropy wrote:

Does anyone but me have the idea that Beck became a Scientologist so he could mess with THIER heads?




 

That would be cool if it were true, but I think Beck's scientology was passed on to him by his parents.

Cool, thanks RP for playing a few different cuts from this!
Love this whole album! I've been playing this round the clock--nice to hear on RP as well.
Does anyone but me have the idea that Beck became a Scientologist so he could mess with THIER heads? :bananasplit:
This song is great with good headphones on -- seriously, try it. Not those weak ear buds, but good headphones. There is almost a pounding in your chest from the baseline!!!!!!!!!
Bocephus wrote:
I like the new Beck...really short album though.
too short. only 33 minutes!
I like the new Beck...really short album though.
i was wondering when we were gonna finally hear this song on here.