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Forest for the Trees
Forest for the Trees, Beck
Forest for the Trees
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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Forest for the Trees architect Carl Stephenson cowrote "Loser" with Beck and coproduced Mellow Gold. The best song on this debut, "Dream," is a five-minute wonder: a killer bagpipe riff, some stray sitar, a hip hop-inspire...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Forest for the Trees, Beck
Title: Forest for the Trees
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 1
Label: Universal Import
Original Release Date: 9/9/1997
Release Date: 9/9/1997
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 600445000223, 766489688428

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Forest for the Trees architect Carl Stephenson cowrote "Loser" with Beck and coproduced Mellow Gold. The best song on this debut, "Dream," is a five-minute wonder: a killer bagpipe riff, some stray sitar, a hip hop-inspired beat, and a creamy pop chorus. The lyrics are supremely silly, but it doesn't matter much; it's so shamefully infectious you can be forgiven for loving--or hating--it. Beyond "Dream," Forest for the Trees is a heavily-stitched quilt of processed vocals, programmed drum beats, guitar that ranges from metal to flamenco, and new age mutterings that don't quite cover the skeletons posing as songs. "Infinite Cow" is a nursery rhyme masquerading as Eastern mysticism, and "Tree" has lyrics that would make Jonathan Richman cringe: "Hey, tree--won't you talk to me?/I can see you breathing." Unlike Beck's Odelay, Forest for the Trees is a musical hybrid that never quite takes. Or rather, it only succeeds completely on one song. --Keith Moerer

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One of the only true philisophical albums in existence
Kenny E Guthrie | Salt Lake City, Utah United States | 10/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Like many people I had heard the catchy `Dream' single when it got a lot of play on MTV, back in 97. But unlike most, I have been privileged to hear all of his other wonderful and mind expanding songs on the album. This album has been one of my true loves throughout all of my musical experiences, and I can safely say it always will be. As stated above, this is one of the only true philosophical albums I have ever come across. The theories and ideas expressed throughout the entire CD will not only challenge you to focus on the intricate melding between the lyrics and the amazing sampling, but also to think of greater possibilities about life and the universe as a whole. This album did not receive the recognition it truly deserves, but then again, I think it works on a higher level then what most of us are used to."
It's a shame
Darwin C. Green | Los Angeles, CA | 11/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was really surprised to see the negative reviews of this album. Sure not all the songs are not as accessible as Dream might be, but overall I really enjoy listening to the creative ramblings that this album goes through. As for people not liking the lyrics it's sad to see so many people judge them so harshly. Radiohead and Nirvana and even the Doors have lyrics that don't make "sense", but they're still cool to listen to. It's a shame that more people don't have a more open mind for these kinds of things. It's a great album if you're into fun experimental music."
A flowing trip.
Darwin C. Green | 06/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A creative odyssey that breaks all the rules but somehow still works if you are open to something totally different. I can see how some could say that it is incoherent at times but if you really listen, everything fits beautifully and is actually quite mesmerizing."