• Record Label: DGC
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 1999
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Musically, Midnite Vultures is filled with wonderful little quirks, but these are undercut by the sneaking suspicion that for all the ingenuity, it's just a hipster joke.
  2. His most consistent and playful album yet.
  3. As musically dazzling as Midnite Vultures often is, the one criticism that can be still levelled at Beck is that his songs remain strangely soulless, failing to ever really grip the emotions or stir the soul.
  4. For all Beck lifts from the Seventies, the album never sounds like a period piece; there's always something extra in the mix, stray elements that are both goofy and strangely apropos.
  5. Narrower in scope than 'Odelay' but more immediate in impact, it's clearly been conceived as an accompaniment to our hedonistic habit of choice, the last great party album of the millennium.
  6. An entertainingly excessive album, its libidinous funk mosaic finds Beck coming on like a master of ceremonies overseeing a sci-fi orgy.
  7. He's given us the year's most relentless gas--laughing or otherwise--of a party album.
  8. After the acerbic, introspective detour of Mutations, Mr. Hansen has decided it's time to get his freak on.
  9. The startling musical variety amplifies the fact that no matter how aloof, how diffident, how cartoon Beck might be, he's so extravagantly talented that he's already lapped everyone else on that strength alone.
  10. 100
    Beck's best when he's tweaking music he has a genuine interest in, giving new humor and affection to his nasty grooves.
  11. It's a pastiche festival that works in the interest of groove every bit as hard as it does for knowingness and yuks.
  12. 80
    Unlike Odelay, the mix-and-match pastiche of Midnite Vultures doesn't show its seams.
  13. Midnite Vultues kind of sounds like an album Prince would have made if he were more interested in being a geek than carressing his own ego.
  14. He's got the beat rate up and lots of faux funk happening.
  15. Midnite Vultures is the album of a great entertainer, not a great artist.
  16. This album's not a joke. It's too damn good.
  17. It's pretty much just a silly, goofy, fun record.
  18. 90
    Think of this sultry record as the night to Odelay's day.
  19. From start to finish, "Midnite Vultures" is a total party romp of an album.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 61
  2. Negative: 4 out of 61
  1. Sep 5, 2010
    10
    the 3 modern albums that really do it for me: Radiohead-Kid Athe 3 modern albums that really do it for me: Radiohead-Kid A Mr. Bungle-California Beck-Midnight Vultures
    Seriously, it doesn't get much better than this.
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  2. Jan 22, 2012
    10
    This album is full of ..... awesomeness
  3. Nov 29, 2017
    3
    On it's merits as simply music it is, good nothing to write home about but still good. It's what you expect from Beck, who is certainly notOn it's merits as simply music it is, good nothing to write home about but still good. It's what you expect from Beck, who is certainly not devoid of talent. In the world of Alternative music, however, it's nothing groundbreaking and the only reason he gets so much attention is that his name is Beck and is still riding the success of "Loser" his first and only groundbreaking track. His involvement with the cult of Scientology doesn't do him any favors either and I feel his music would be much better without their influence. Full Review »