Review: Beck – Where It’s At (Rock)

This review covers the alternative rock track Beck – Where It’s At.

This track was released in 1996 on the album Odelay.

The track starts with vinyl static. A keys element comes in. A drum kit then comes in. The vocals then come in for a verse.

From there, the vocals take the track into the main chorus. Filtered vocals then come in. Some feedback is in this part. Vocoded vocals then come in. A couple of scratches come in and a voice sample comes in.

After that, the vocals take the track into the next verse with an effect playing out in the background. The backup vocals take the track into the main chorus. Some brass elements come in and an instrumental section then ensues. An effect of some sort come in randomly. Filtered vocals come in and some clapping come in again.

From there, the backup vocals take the track into a shortened main chorus. At the end, an instrumental section comes in along with a voice sample. Guitars and brass continues for a bit. Filtered talking then enter the track.

The backup vocals then take the track back into the main chorus. Non-lyrical vocals come in along with some effects. A voice sample is also added to the track. Filtered guitars come in with a fast distance filter. After that, the track gradually fades out with some random talking.

My first impression is that it’s as if the track ran out of lyrics half way through. Yet, at the same time, the producers wanted to keep the track going anyway, so random noises are inserted where verses normally go. As a result, the second half of the track is plain weird.

When I listen to the first half of the track, I find myself thinking that this track could go somewhere. Unfortunately, the quality just deteriorates the further along you go. So, it is a pretty disappointing track to listen to after a while.

Overall, this track starts out decent and ends pretty badly. It’s as if the lyrics ran out half way through and random sounds are inserted where verses usually go. It’s hard to really put this track into a positive light outside of the decent start. So, a passable track, but nothing impressive.


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