Guero

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While Beck's never been shy about giving his numerous musical personalities their turns in the spotlight, never have they cavorted together like this. Guero finds the singer-songwriter indulging his hip-hop jones most successfully on the affably dissonant shuffle "Hell Yes" and donning the Prince-ly funk duds he sported circa Midnite Vultures on the slinky "Earthquake Weather". Admittedly, that's not a gigantic leap in and of itself, but he also drifts into the sort of off-kilter country blues that lent credibility to his tales of heartland roots "Farewell Ride" and kicks out the jams like a Camaro-driving rock stud on the riff-laden "E-Pro". What's most interesting, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While Beck's never been shy about giving his numerous musical personalities their turns in the spotlight, never have they cavorted together like this. Guero finds the singer-songwriter indulging his hip-hop jones most successfully on the affably dissonant shuffle "Hell Yes" and donning the Prince-ly funk duds he sported circa Midnite Vultures on the slinky "Earthquake Weather". Admittedly, that's not a gigantic leap in and of itself, but he also drifts into the sort of off-kilter country blues that lent credibility to his tales of heartland roots "Farewell Ride" and kicks out the jams like a Camaro-driving rock stud on the riff-laden "E-Pro". What's most interesting, though, is his ability to revisit those previously tilled fields and emerge with some fresh fruits -- a byproduct of his ever-evolving lyrical stance, which retains a good bit of Sea Change's melancholy without rehashing that disc's lovelorn tales. The Dust Brothers, who return to Casa de Beck for the first time in ages, also deserve credit for some nifty pop pastiche -- like the Flaming Lips-gone-to-Brazil groove of "Missing" -- that manages to reconcile the downright bizarre and instantly catchy. That these disparate elements work together without inducing whiplash is a testament to Beck's newfound relationship with his audience. The dare-you-to-dance hipster's smirk has been wiped away, replaced by the open smile of the join-our-party reveler.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ever since his thrilling 1994 debut with Mellow Gold, each new Beck album was a genuine pop cultural event, since it was never clear which direction he would follow. Kicking off his career as equal parts noise-prankster, indie folkster, alt-rocker, and ironic rapper, he's gone to extremes, veering between garishly ironic party music to brooding heartbroken Baroque pop, and this unpredictability is a large part of his charm, since each album was distinct from the one before. That remains true with Guero, his eighth album sixth if you don't count 1994's Stereopathetic Soul Manure and One Foot in the Grave, which some don't, but the surprising thing here is that it sounds for all the world like a good, straight-ahead, garden-variety Beck album, which is something he'd never delivered prior to this 2005 release. In many ways, Guero is deliberately designed as a classicist Beck album, a return to the sound and aesthetic of his 1996 masterwork, Odelay. After all, he's reteamed with the producing team of the Dust Brothers, who are widely credited for the dense, sample-collage sound of Odelay, and the light, bright Guero stands in stark contrast to the lush melancholy of 2002's Sea Change while simultaneously bearing a knowing kinship to the sound that brought him his greatest critical and commercial success in the mid-'90s. This has all the trappings of being a cold, calculating maneuver, but the album never plays as crass. Instead, it sounds as if Beck, now a husband and father in his mid-thirties, is revisiting his older aesthetic and sensibility from a new perspective. The sound has remained essentially the same -- it's still a kaleidoscopic jumble of pop, hip-hop, and indie rock, with some Brazilian and electro touches thrown in -- but Beck is a hell of a lot calmer, never indulging in the lyrical or musical flights of fancy or the absurdism that made Mellow Gold and Odelay such giddy listens. He now operates with the skill and precision of a craftsman, never dumping too many ideas into one song, paring his words down to their essentials, mixing the record for a wider audience than just his friends. Consequently, Guero never is as surprising or enthralling as Odelay, but Beck is also not trying to be as wild and funny as he was a decade ago. He's shifted away from exaggerated wackiness -- which is good, since it wouldn't wear as well on a 34 year old as it would on a man a decade younger -- and concentrated on the record-making, winding up with a thoroughly enjoyable LP that sounds warm and familiar upon the first play and gets stronger with each spin. No, it's not a knockout, the way his first few records were, but it's a successful mature variation on Odelay, one that proves that Beck's sensibility will continue to reap rewards for him as he enters his second decade of recording.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
His liveliest and jumpiest music in years. Suggested ad slogan: The slack is back!

His liveliest and jumpiest music in years. Suggested ad slogan: The slack is back!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498639238
  • Catalog Number: 000348102
  • Sales rank: 25,767

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 E-Pro (3:22)
  2. 2 Qué Onda Guero (3:29)
  3. 3 Girl (3:29)
  4. 4 Missing (4:43)
  5. 5 Black Tambourine (2:47)
  6. 6 Earthquake Weather (4:26)
  7. 7 Hell Yes (3:17)
  8. 8 Broken Drum (4:29)
  9. 9 Scarecrow (4:15)
  10. 10 Go It Alone (4:08)
  11. 11 Farewell Ride (4:18)
  12. 12 Rental Car (3:06)
  13. 13 Emergency Exit (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beck Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Celeste, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Kalimba, Hand Clapping, Slide Guitar, Vocoder, Sounds, Foot Stomping, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Money Mark Organ
Smokey Hormel Electric Guitar
Joey Waronker Drums
Petra Haden Vocals
The Dust Brothers Hand Clapping
Justin Meldal-Johnsen Bass, Guitar
Sean Davis Bass
Jack White Bass
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Clavinet
Charlie Capen Sounds
Paolo Diaz Voices
Kurisutina Voices
Technical Credits
Beastie Boys Composer
Beck Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Art Direction, beats
Eugene Blacknell Composer
David Campbell String Arrangements
Mark Hicks Composer
Danny Kalb Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Eduardo Lyra Composer
Mike Simpson Producer, Engineer
The Dust Brothers Producer, Engineer, beats
Kevin Reagan Art Direction
Tony Hoffer Producer, Engineer
Jack White Composer
Marcel Dzama Artwork
John Stanley King Producer, Engineer
Brad Breeck Sound Design
Adam Levite Artwork, Cover Layout
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Beck Album

    I listen to this one over and over. More varied than Odelay, great to drive to, dance to, clean the house to.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite this year

    This one delivers - visceral, sexy base, cynical but not too cute lyrics, a little ethnicity, a sense of humor. I loved it and so did every hitch hiker i picked up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a bad song in the mix!

    This is a terrific CD! Virtually every song is great. I bought mine almost 6 months ago and it is still my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great cd

    i love the jumpiness of the drums and his use of guitars and just i like every cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beck does Beck

    First the bad news. Sooner or later every brilliant artist becomes a copy of himself. Guero finds Beck becoming a Beck imitator, and in that testy universe Gorillaz does it way better. The fact is, this is the first Beck album that's not a giant leap up (or away) from what he did before. Fine, a white homey must make his Ill Communication sometime, but Arular is upon us and we expect more. Guero, while not a colossal stinker to shock us, is not an undisputed masterpiece to awe us either. It's just a good Beck album and that's what's so bad about it. Oh yeah, the good news? You can still dance to most of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beck is Great!

    hmm not many techinical words for me to say, all i can say is that i love this album. I recommend everyone to give at least one listen to it. some of the best songs include Hell Yes, Missing, Que Onda Guero, E-pro

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best of Everything Beck

    We should have expected Beck's latest effort to have some serious funk to it. It's all part of the alternating pattern he's been following with his albums for years now. The smash Odelay with its collage of beats and textures is followed by the even quirkier, largely acoustic Mutations. Then he puts out the funk of Midnite Vultures, and a couple of years ago, Sea Change, his most personal and toned-down album. And now we have Guero. You can hear echoes of all these past albums in the new songs, almost as if Beck threw all of his previous work into a melting pot. On first listen, this may make this collection seem a tad too homogenized, with no sure-fire standouts, such as "Where It's At" or "Loser." But repeated listens reveal this slightly evened-out Beck to still be a formidable craftsman. It's basically the best of everything Beck. You get the funky beats, hint of blues, interesting instrumentation, and quirky lyrics that we know and love the guy for. But you also get a more mature view of things, not just random snippets of cool phrases thrown together. It's great to hear Beck having fun again. As great as Sea Change was as a meditation on lost love, his pain was pretty evident throughout that disc. Guero has its somber moments ("Farewell Ride" and "Emergency Exit"), but it's also not afraid to be silly (a voice in the background of "Que' Onda Guero" talks about ceramics classes, mullets, and popsicles). And it's always fun to hear Beck bust out his slide-guitar chops, which he does consistently here. This is Beck's most well-rounded album to date and definitely one of his most enjoyable. GRADE:A HIGHLIGHT: "Go It Alone" LOWLIGHT: "Hell Yes"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Guero Brings Back Rock to its Roots

    Guero is the newest addition to Becks catalog that will knock your socks off and make your realize what music has been missing the last 5 years. Rock is in a painful spot and Beck brings it back to the mainstream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He's at it again!

    A mind of his own. Where does he come up with such awesome lyrics. Guero is definitly up in his best albums. He can swtitch his style in every song and make it his own. I think Beck is one of the most creative and original song writers and performers. He doesnt really compare to any other. I high suggest any Beck fan to buy this new c.d.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sounds as good or better than Odelay

    All I have heard are samples of Guero. Except for Hell Yes, I heard all of it. I will predict this album will do almost as good as Odelay. Wish I could say more, but I can't get the album for 3 more days. Sounds pretty dope! Can't wait to get it!! Peace

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Que' Onda Guero

    wow this cd is simply the most amazing, eccelctic collection of songs that i have ever had the pleasure of listening to. the spanish vibe is muy fantastico and e-pro is great for testing out your cars sound system. jack white of the whitestripes adds an amazing bass. definately beck's best work, other than odelay.

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