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  • Summary: Beck's "official" follow-up to 'Odelay' is an even more eclectic mix of soul, electro, funk, folk, rock, and hip-hop, including more than one song that sounds an awful lot like Prince.

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Sexx Laws
Can't you hear those cavalry drums? Hijacking your equilibrium Midnight snacks in the mausoleum Where the pixilated doctors moan Carnivores in the... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    Beck's best when he's tweaking music he has a genuine interest in, giving new humor and affection to his nasty grooves.
  2. 90
    Think of this sultry record as the night to Odelay's day.
  3. This album's not a joke. It's too damn good.
  4. Midnite Vultures is the album of a great entertainer, not a great artist.
  5. 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.
  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 got the beat rate up and lots of faux funk happening.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  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. beckrules
    Mar 21, 2006
    10
    genius
  3. Jan 22, 2012
    10
    This album is full of ..... awesomeness
  4. [Anonymous]
    May 16, 2002
    9
    about as good a party record as you can find...the R&B community only wishs they could produce tracks like these.
  5. Jun 17, 2015
    9
    This album demands to be listened to because of its sheer vitality, raw energy, and inventiveness. Beck was in top form when he recordedThis album demands to be listened to because of its sheer vitality, raw energy, and inventiveness. Beck was in top form when he recorded Midnite Vultures, and it's a thrilling spectacle to behold. Music doesn't get much more entertaining than this! Expand
  6. j30
    Feb 19, 2012
    8
    Midnight Vultures is probably Beck's most diverse set to date, but sometimes diversity doesn't always feel rewarding. However, in this album'sMidnight Vultures is probably Beck's most diverse set to date, but sometimes diversity doesn't always feel rewarding. However, in this album's case the rewards come from repeated listens. Expand
  7. 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. Expand

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