January 3, 2013

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Listen to Beck's Sheet Music Album in All Its YouTube-Covered Glory

#1The Album as YouTube Mosaic

Beck's new record is finally here—sort of! The musical auteur's Beck Hansen Song Reader "album," a collection of 20 new, original songs released only in sheet music format, dropped in December, but "bringing them to life depends on you," Beck wrote when the project was announced. As we begin 2013, the Internet is filling up accordingly with renditions of Beck's new work. 

The interpretations are beautiful, kooky, electronic, folksy, solo performances in bedrooms and carefully orchestrated, professionally filmed endeavors. The Portland Cello Project recently recorded the entire album, and the staff of The New Yorker magazine earlier performed one of the cuts, "Old Shanghai."

"The Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012," Beck wrote of the project. "An alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and that's as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together."

Here, we've collected 20 of our favorite covers floating around the web. Enjoy your full, purposefully patchworky listen through The Beck Hansen Song Reader.

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