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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602498640302
  • Catalog Number: 000436500

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 (4:03)
  14. 14 Just a Message to Her (4:30)
  15. 15 Chain Reaction (3:28)
  16. 16 Clap Hands (3:21)
  17. 17 Girl (3:53)
  18. 18 Broken Drum (5:39)
  19. 19 Still Missing (4:58)
  20. 20 Fax Machine Anthem (3:07)
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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, Hand Clapping, Vocoder, Human Beatbox, Sounds, Foot Stomping, Moog Bass, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Money Mark Organ
Smokey Hormel Electric Guitar
Joey Waronker Drums
Petra Haden Vocals
Sean Davis Bass
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Clavinet
Paolo Diaz Duduk
Technical Credits
Beastie Boys Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Beck Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Art Direction, beats
Eugene Blacknell Composer
Mark Hicks Composer
Danny Kalb Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
A. Taylor Programming
The Dust Brothers Composer
Kevin Reagan Art Direction
Tony Hoffer Producer, Engineer
Marcus Eoin Producer, Remixing
Michael Sandison Producer, Remixing
Jack White Composer
Dizzee Rascal Remixing
Courtney Holt Executive Producer
Marcel Dzama Artwork
Paul Bishow Executive Producer
Brad Breeck Sound Design
Adam Levite Artwork, Cover Layout
B. Steele Creation
KamranV Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    guero beck

    is a wonderfull album,the new music of futer world....i have feel the cd and lovely much to much

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