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Song Reader

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  55 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest project comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case, Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can ...more
Hardcover, 108 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by McSweeney's (first published December 1st 2012)
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Jun 11, 2014 Full Stop added it
Shelves: spring-2013

Review by Scott Beauchamp

What was most surprising about the response to Beck’s Song Reader wasn’t what people were saying, but who was talking about it. I shouldn’t have to remind you who Beck Hansen is, or why publications like Rolling Stone and Spin would be discussing his latest release. But beyond the music world, Song Reader was also discussed in a literary context: in The Millions, for example — or Full Stop. But even more surprising is how it was la
May 05, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This collection is composed of individual sheet music songs. The artwork is lovely and vintage inspired. Most of the songs are interesting and fun to play. My favorites are "Old Shanghai" and "St. Dude," but each is special in their own way. The packaging itself is creative and whimsical. I waited MONTHS to get my copy on back order and it was well worth the wait!
May 19, 2013 Hans rated it it was amazing
Perfection in the song writing, physical sheet music production and the wide-ranging masterful interpretations on Aside from the main songs, the sheet music ad space includes some hilarious fake song titles and even several partial fake real songs (e.g. Ziz).
Jan 02, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing
This book of sheet music, put out by McSweeney's is a thing of beauty. Working on learning some of the songs now, but you can check out the versions of others (not Beck) on Best idea in music in recent memory.
Apr 04, 2013 Dave rated it really liked it
not so much a book as a portfolio of new songs Beck wrote. Great fun playing them on the guitar and trying to imagine what Beck would do with them.
Jan 11, 2015 patty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014, music
Beautifully packaged, wonderful art, and new Beck songs for one to interpret on their own! Inspiring.
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Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, known by his simple stage name of Beck.

With his pop art collage of musical styles, oblique and ironic lyrics, and post-modern arrangements incorporating samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and sound effects, Beck has been hailed by critics and the public throughout his musical care
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