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. 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
  2. WilliamM
    Apr 12, 2005
    Im along with many others the biggest Beck fan in the world, everybody love at least one beck song and with the release of guero everyone has 13 more reasons to love his diverse unusual sound. i'm glad their are few musical geniuses around. Band that are catchy like modest mouse, Frans Ferdinand, Razorlite, and so many other bands that are just coming out of now where, playing music that requires no talent or thought just pisses me off, anybody can sitdown for one day and come up with much more deep and skillful album. beck is just as refreshing as it gets. one more thing, as soon as i turn of the radio my ears bleed from the dull repetitiveness of the common song that is on a loop to be played every 30 minutes. Expand
  3. RyanF
    Nov 29, 2005
    Best album i've heard in years and fast becoming my favorite album ever
  4. [Anonymous]
    Mar 28, 2005
    It's certainly not as fresh as Odelay, as slinky as Midnite Vultures, or as deep as Sea Change. What it is: Beck having fun. I dig it.
  5. ScottH
    Apr 2, 2005
    Okay, so it's not his best, I still love it and it's so far one of my absolute favs of this year, which i know isn't saying much since I've hated a lot so far this year. this one has stayed in my player ever since i've gotten it and i've hit repeat a awful lot. Expand
  6. KenH
    Jun 1, 2005
    Exceeds Odelay in songwriting strength and sonic production. One of the year's 10 best.
  7. RomeoL
    Apr 17, 2005
    need i say more?

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