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Album Review

When all is said and done, Beck's Guero might be the quintessential album of 2005. Not the best, nor the one that captured the sound of the year, but the album that illustrates that in 2005, there was no such thing as a finished album — that a set of songs could be packaged and repackaged in so many forms, it never really seems to exist as a finished work. That's because in the course of the year there were roughly five different incarnations of the album. At the beginning of the year, the unfinished album was leaked on the Internet, causing such a commotion that it was reviewed on the front page of Salon. A couple months later, the album was officially released as a 13-track edition, along with a greatly expanded 20-track special edition, containing a few remixes and several songs that didn't appear on the 13-track album but did appear on the leaked bootleg. Then, after a couple of import editions containing various bonus tracks, Guerolito appeared at the end of the year. Guerolito is a remix of the entire album, with each track being remixed by a different act, including Air, Boards of Canada, Octet, and Ad-Rock. Sometimes these songs bear different titles than their source material — "E-Pro" became "Ghost Range," for instance; this practice was in place for the deluxe version of Guero as well — and Guerolito itself had its own alternate edition, which was packaged and sequenced slightly different from its main edition, plus an import with a bonus track. All this packaging and repackaging, mixing and remixing, titling and retitling has the effect of diluting a good set of songs by Beck — there may be many ways of enjoying these songs, but having them exist in different physical and musical forms makes them harder to grasp, not easier to appreciate. And while the mixes on Guerolito are, by and large, good, they neither illuminate the original songs, nor do they offer much new — they don't expand the songs, they still try to keep the basic structure in place, so it's not a good showcase for the remixers. Instead, they just reconfirm the suspicion that this set of songs was never quite finished or sequenced, it was just released. And while that may be a very 2005 experience, that doesn't mean that each grouping makes for satisfying listen. After all, given all the capabilities you have at home these days, why not make your own mixes and play lists of the Guero material? The deluxe edition of Guero even gives you the ability to remix it on your computer — which means there may be many more versions than five of this album floating out there in the ether.

Customer Reviews

Pick and choose your favorites...

While Guerolito is highly imaginative, Beck's own ideas are still much better than any of these remixes. There are a couple standouts however. The EL-P remix of Scarecrow has got a ferocious beat and loop going on. Mixes by Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, Hugo Nicolson, and Boards of Canada are noteworthy as well. A lot of this is on the collectors edition of Guero anyway. I would buy individual songs as opposed to the album this time around.

OH GREAT, Now its on ONE ALBUM! (ok I'll take one)

If your a big Beck fan (like me) you'll love these remixes - what you won't love is the fact that you bought some of the singles before and have to buy the whole album for the digital booklet (but you will because your a crazed fan!) If your not a big Beck fan, it maybe too odd for you... and you're gone before you read this. If your a Jeff Beck fan... you are lost and certainly confused by this whole wide world webby internet thing.

Superior to Guero

I was not a big fan of Guero - - only a few songs, primarily Que Onda Guero and Hell Yes, really stood out for me. I think many of these mixes improve on the originals dramatically. The Boards of Canada remix of the otherwise lackluster "Broken Drum" is simply outstanding - the most impressive thing Beck has been involved with in many years. Furthermore, the remixes of E-Pro, Missing, and Scarecrow are similarly impressive, and are much more interesting than the original versions. Not all of the mixes are a success, but many of them are, and I see this album as the better of the two "versions" of Guero, hands down.


Born: July 8, 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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