Guero - Beck
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  • Summary: This much-anticipated release for the eclectic performer--a return to the "fun" Beck of 'Odelay' and 'Midnite Vultures'--was produced by the Dust Brothers and Tony Hoffer.
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Long live the king of hip. [May 2005, p.132]
  2. Guero is Beck’s most enjoyable long-player because it doesn’t pretend to be more than what it is: a fun collection of disparate, delicious songs.
  3. Guero turns out to be much stronger than its provenance suggests. [#256, p.66]
  4. One must realize that this album was created to be fresh but not necessarily edgy. The difference means that the effort is intended to be highly enjoyable but not breakthrough material.
  5. It sounds like a shadow greatest-hits album, a collection of also-rans offering intriguing variations on past styles.
  6. Guero is a record with lots of great ideas and some very good songs... but I can't help thinking that there's just something missing from this release.
  7. The album’s biggest weakness lies in its arrangements.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 78
  2. Negative: 2 out of 78
  1. Jan 22, 2012
    This album is an all round perfect, except for that anoying Hell Yes track
  2. Jul 10, 2012
    Probably my favorite Beck record. Took a few listens to totally grow on me. I own them all. But this one has such strong production values and strong catchy songs that never get old. I like most of his work. I even put on his Stereopathetic Soul Manure for memory lanes and just to listen to something different. I am a fan. I liked Sea Change, but thought there was several tracks that just don't hold up that well on it. This was like going on a good roller coaster ride after Sea Change. This is a very accomplished album.. some stand out tracks include, "Scarecrow, " "Go it alone," and "Black Tambourine." Some of his finest work is right here on "Guero." Expand
  3. Feb 26, 2012
    I've never been a huge fan of Beck until I heard this album. Guero is the perfect blend of funk, folk, rap, and rock he's ever done. Each track is so perfectly produced. Beck's vocals have never been better. All In All, Guero is a near perfect album. A- Expand
  4. j30
    Feb 19, 2012
    Even though Guero is not nearly as good as Odelay, the album feels like a return to form for Beck. Where with his past few albums he has messed around with genres (Midnight Vultures and Sea Change). The music in Guero feels like a fresh start from the heart wrenching Sea Change. Expand
  5. Nov 1, 2011
    Parts of this records are brilliant but too much of it sits in a lull. Too many boring tracks that just plod along to rank up with Beck's best work. Some great singles on it though. Expand

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