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A compact 33-minute collection from Beck and producer Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton (Gnarls Barkley) that combines Beck’s shyest shoegazer tendencies with his interest in sonic manipulations, Modern Guilt manages to come across both modest and expansive. Its simple melodies immediately grip, while the production often drifts into dreamlike textures where haunting backing vocals (supplied in part by Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power) add to the supernatural glaze. Strip these songs of their eloquent beats and playful keyboards and catchy, clever folk tunes would emerge. Though he has played himself off over the years as a slacker prince / stoner with a strong stream-of-consciousness streak, Beck supplies his songs with plenty of quick wit and wisdom. But in the end, it’s the sound that counts. “Orphans” evokes the sweetness of the Beach Boys. The title track dips into a psychedelic waltz. “Soul of a Man” includes dive-bomb guitars and flirts with hard rock. “Profanity Prayers” attacks the dancefloor with a manic, rushed, overpacked subway car rhythm. “Volcano” ends things on a suitably restrained, downcast note. Beck expresses himself while hiding in plain view.

Customer Reviews

Hit And Miss...But Mostly Hit!

Beck never dissapoints me. He is one of the most consistant artists and one of the most adventurous. Once I heard about the album I was so excited. For one he has one of the best producers Danger Mouse. Personally I think the first 5 songs on the album are some of the strongest of his career. I think the productions from Danger Mouse is absoultly amazing. It's great to see talents like his broadened to every genre. The only song I'm not to crazy about is 'Volcano'. But other than that this album is a hit! Best Tracks: 1,2,3,4,5 and 8

Totally diggin' it!

This album is actually really good! I'm so used to listening to albums and liking one or two songs, but this one has the goods! Thanks Beck.

Beck does it again

Beck again finds a way to keep his music fresh, while expanding his horizons in new directions. With an air of simplicity, a spice of jazz, a reflection on his softer albums, and an homage to earlier decades, Beck and Danger Mouse have created an album that catches you off guard and drills it's catchy reverberant melodies into your head.


Born: July 08, 1970 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Initially pegged as the voice of a generation when "Loser" turned into a smash crossover success, Beck wound up crystallizing much of the postmodern ruckus inherent in the '90s alternative explosion, but in unexpected ways. Based in the underground anti-folk and noise-rock worlds, Beck encompassed all manner of modern music, drawing in hip-hop, blues, trash rock, pop, soul, lounge music -- pretty much any found sound or vinyl dug up from a dusty crate -- blurring boundaries and encapsulating how...
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