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Beck — Youthless
Album: Modern Guilt
Avg rating:
6.9

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Total ratings: 764









Released: 2008
Length: 2:58
Plays (last 30 days): 1
There's a bottomless pit that we've been climbing from
Just to get on level ground
Shake your seasick legs around
Everyone in a logo town
Signs of life are stark and flickering

I need a bed to lay my body down
Dead weight to carry me down
Some static is lulling me to sleep

Hang your clothes on a chain link fence
In a junkyard say amen
Your mouth is full of wordless hymns
And run-on sentences

And we're helpless and forgetting in the background holding nothing
And we're youthless and pretending in the bearhands holding nothing

There's a million horse dragging down a monolith
these trademarks so bereaved
Tied my leg to a barricade
with a plastic handgrenade
They tried to turn emotion into noise

I need a teleprompter for my life
Need a pipeline to the night
My body can't get no relief

And this life it goes by fast
To treading water in the past
While you try to reanimate something that you don't understand

And we're helpless and forgetting in the background don't saying nothing
And he's youthless and forgetting in the bare hymns tied to nothing

And he's helpless and forgetting in the background don't saying nothing
And he's youthless and pretending with his bare hands tied to nothing
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 aspicer wrote:
Beck is ridiculously under-rated and umder-appreciated IMHO... {#Cool}

 
He may be a lot of things, but I don't think under-rated and under-appreciated are among them.  Since 1995 he's been nominated for 16 Grammys - 6 of which he won.  That may be a relatively hollow award, but it's clear that people who make such nominations are more than aware of him.
 BritGirl333 wrote:
You are cooking today, RP!!!  Thanks for the good Tuesday tunes.{#Bananajam}

 
Indeed. Alison Moyet belting out a fav old tune earlier 😁
You are cooking today, RP!!!  Thanks for the good Tuesday tunes.{#Bananajam}
 Dosequis wrote:
This is not even a song. Terrible.
 
Dosequis wrote:
Yes . Terrible.
 
Poor li'l fella has really lost it; blabbering away to himself now.
 Dosequis wrote:
This is not even a song. Terrible.

 
Yes . Terrible.
Guitar is informed by David's Panic in Detroit
 
 aspicer wrote:
Beck is ridiculously under-rated and umder-appreciated IMHO... {#Cool}

 
Absolutely, this is great stuff.  ↑ 8
Beck is ridiculously under-rated and umder-appreciated IMHO... {#Cool}
Beck is some kind of visionary poet prophet er.. At the very least ... Translating something to us! I mean listen :) maybe prophet is a bit too much, heh but listen? Visionary poet?
Damn.......Beck continues to hit above average.
It's easy to forget how good this guy is. Maybe if he'd make a public appearance or two.
Another example of how much mood affects my enjoyment of music.  Apparently last time I heard this I hated it - gave it a 1. Tonight - love it! a 7!
Had to look to see who this was.  I find that Beck does that to me quite a bit.  Good stuff.  7 straight away
This is not even a song. Terrible.

Everybody in my church loves this song...
{#Music}  Turned up!!
Yep. I like this very much. Thank you Beck!


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 


Profound lyrics, and I love the bass line...  this song is cool...
 sirdroseph wrote:
Beck good, me like Beck.{#Hungry}
 


Me too!

 
Beck good, me like Beck.{#Hungry}
Beck does MGMT
This is one of my (many) RP favorites — I included it on a mixed cd and followed it up with Yoav - Club Thing (which I used to hear on here but haven't heard in a long time, but it does make for a great segue if I do say so myself).

just played yesterday. . .
today is the third or fourth beck song i am hearing here. not that this is a bad thing.
 CortezTheKiller wrote:

I really enjoy listening to any song taken off this album separately. I just can't hack listening to it all in one go.


 
True! This album felt like a collection of singles vs Guero or The Information which play better as a cohesive piece.

Great tune!
Awesome album!

Like a fine wine, Beck gets better with age!

Like
I didn't know Glen made music.  {#Rolleyes}
 rahjo wrote:
sucko barfo! OLD!
 
Released - 2008 - or were you referring to the "sound"?

This CD has been playing in my car for about a week. During the drive to work, planning my day, and during the drive home, planning my evening, about the only thing that comes through is "shake your seasick legs around." Cracks me up every time, and I walk through the door chanting it ike it's a mantra.


Panic in DEE-troit.....
Nice followup to Janice's "Move Over"
Bill, you're on a roll. Like a car with no brakes careening down a San Francisco street...Joplin to Beck. Hold on! {#Eek}

Reckless! But in a good way. {#Yes}
 gjeeg wrote:
The usual unbridled genius
 
Ah.  Maybe that's the problem.

 dogpound wrote:
wow a Beck song I totally dont hate.

Don't know if I would go quite that far, but it is not their worst. And I didn't rip my headphones off.


Sorry, I couldn't let "sucko, barfo, OLD" be the topmost comment. Quite a nice tune.
sucko barfo! OLD!
The usual unbridled genius

I really enjoy listening to any song taken off this album separately. I just can't hack listening to it all in one go.


wow a Beck song I totally dont hate.
 fuh2 wrote:
My 999th song with a 9 rating.
 

The Lake Wobegon effect
My 999th song with a 9 rating.
 djengs wrote:
... If you like what he did at some point, it is out there. When you are ready for something else, he is way ahead of you.
 

Preach it!  I absolutely agree with this.  I understand someone wanting more of a dish they love though.

 AphidA wrote:
Beck's new stuff bums me out.  I want the Beck we had circa Mutations .
 

I really don't think you understand this guy. He doesn't spend a lot of time on the same road. Can't say I like everyting he has done, but (like RP) I like him all the more for it. If you like what he did at some point, it is out there. When you are ready for something else, he is way ahead of you.
 Tim_in_N_FL wrote:
Beck is consistently one of the most creative artists on the commercial scene.  Kudos Sir {#Music}!
 
Agreed
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
I don't give a rat's ass about the guy's beliefs.  He constantly wows me with his stretch of musicality.  I had never listened to Beck until I discovered RP.  I'm amazed that an old guy like me would actually have 3 Beck selections on my iTunes purchase list.  I've heard a lot of crap from him, but he still grabs me with certain creations.
  Totally understand.  I am no spring chicken myself and have Beck on my shelf now.  And as I mentioned in another song post, my marketing guy, a retired US military intelligence officer who was in Berlin when the wall came down, now listens to Beck in his STS, and LOVES it.  Thanks to RP.


Beck is consistently one of the most creative artists on the commercial scene.  Kudos Sir {#Music}!
 purplespider wrote:

I think his weird has become more subtle and intellectual.

 
I agree.  Everything he does is "interesting" at a bare minimum.

I don't give a rat's ass about the guy's beliefs.  He constantly wows me with his stretch of musicality.  I had never listened to Beck until I discovered RP.  I'm amazed that an old guy like me would actually have 3 Beck selections on my iTunes purchase list.  I've heard a lot of crap from him, but he still grabs me with certain creations.
diazo wrote:


Yep. Almost as weird as all the other religions.

as an atheist, I find nothing weirder than the cult of scientology, so it isn't even almost...nothing near it (maybe wiccan. . nah...scientology is far wierder)


my love for this song increases every time i hear it! very cool.


Beck's new stuff bums me out.  I want the Beck we had circa Mutations .
 DELTA__9__FOOLS wrote:
This album is in constant rotation for me right now.
 
What, as in rotating on its way out the window?

Ok we are headed into some good Friday music now.

Beck - Youthless
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Diablo Rojo
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman - The Thrill is Gone

 ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:

He's gotten more into Scientology over the years. Is that weird enough for you?

 

Yep.  Almost as weird as all the other religions.

vit wrote:
Is it me or has this guy gotten a lot less weird over the years?

He's gotten more into Scientology over the years. Is that weird enough for you?

Loved Bill's comments about the phrase "Moden Guilt" and the current financial crisis.  It's too bad we can't send Mr. G to Washington to put some sense into those &%$& people. (hmm. Mr. G goes to Washington. Is there a movie title in there somewhere?)

This album is in constant rotation for me right now.
 vit wrote:
Is it me or has this guy gotten a lot less weird over the years?
 
I think his weird has become more subtle and intellectual.

 black321 wrote:
Mojito?
 
why yes, I think I will!

I heard a piece about him and this album on NPR this morning. I am liking what I hear.
Gotta admit, Beck's growing on me. Especially this new album. I think I'll have to go out and buy it soon....
Mojito?
I still have yet to get tired of this album at all. 
"Listless" might be a better title for this yawner.
The echo reminds me of "Fly Like an Eagle" from the Steve Miller Band. Listenable tune nontheless.
I'm hot and cold on Beck but I kinda like the groove of this.  I'll start with a 6.
Beck, Tom Cruise, and an E-Meter
Scientology Nirvana...
I really can't explain how much I love the pairing of Beck and Danger Mouse on this album. They compliment eachother perfectly.

love this album. i don't think he's gotten less weird at all - i mean come on, how f'd up was his last album the information?

Totally groovy. I'm tapping my toes and bobbing my head to this tune.


vit wrote:
Is it me or has this guy gotten a lot less weird over the years?
He has..nothing I can think of that is really "weird" on this. No novelty tunes like Loser anyway.
Is it me or has this guy gotten a lot less weird over the years?
Bocephus wrote:
same...may not be his best and it's way too short, but some good tunes.
Exactly! The vitriol some of the reviewers have for it is beyond me. Reminds me of folks upset with Bob Dylan when he went electric. Uh, people change and try new things....
I scond that !!!Tree_Hugger wrote:
I like this new album - I don't care what folks say.
Tree_Hugger wrote:
I like this new album - I don't care what folks say.
same...may not be his best and it's way too short, but some good tunes.
Derecho wrote:
Judging by the track samples I've heard, this will probably be the first Beck album I won't buy.
The last one was pretty terrible. I'd be leery too.
Sounds good to me.
I like this new album - I don't care what folks say.
Judging by the track samples I've heard, this will probably be the first Beck album I won't buy.