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  • Summary: The 10th album for the Los Angeles artist was produced by Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton.
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Modern Guilt is a hot thing of indefinite course.
  2. The slacker boy wonder has grown up to be a man on a new mission. [Aug 2008, p.134]
  3. Beck has shown an affinity for retro-leaning styles on his previous records, too, but he's never found a sound quite as consistent or compelling as the one Danger Mouse dials in here.
  4. Modern Guilt adds Danger Mouse and Cat Power to Beck's roster of collaborators, with spectacular results. [Fall 2008, p.79]
  5. 70
    In a scant 30-plus minutes, Modern Guilt modestly proves that it's still restlessness, both artistic and personal, that drives the only living boy in Los Angeles.
  6. While not the most creative thing he’s produced, it feels naturally cohesive and stands as an interesting piece on its own.
  7. Everything moves in linear fashion backwards, with only Danger Mouse’s bold battering saving Beck from a horrifying relapse into dreary Sea Change melancholia.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 45
  2. Negative: 1 out of 45
  1. Nov 28, 2010
    9
    What I love about Beck is you never know what his next album is going to sound like. And yet one thing you know is, no matter how different it might be from his previous efforts, it will still be utterly, brilliantly Beck. No modern musician has been able to tinker and tweak their sound quite like him, whilst still maintaining such a high quality output. This album sees a more toned down, relaxed Beck than his last album 'The Information' and the results are, I think, much better. Very smooth production, with much simple yet compelling arrangements, make these short but sweet tracks positively gleam with a confidence that comes from a master of his craft at the top of his game. Love it! Expand
  2. Sep 7, 2010
    8
    Not as much fun as Odelay or The Information, but still an expectedly solid effort from Beck. The album is just good music. You may not find yourself singing along to many songs, but you won't find yourself skipping any either. Expand
  3. Jul 16, 2012
    8
    At a brisk 33 minutes, this albums cranks out some of Beck's best tunes. The first four tracks are brilliant and the rest are great. The production is great also no thanks to Danger Mouse/ All In All, Beck's headed down a more mature path and It shows in Modern Guilt. Expand
  4. Nov 1, 2011
    7
    This is an ambitious record, not what I'd call easy listening but always interesting listening. The thing about Beck for me is - he's a great artist but quality control is often a problem on his records and they can be very self indulgent. For the most part here though he keeps that in checks Expand
  5. j30
    Feb 19, 2012
    7
    Beck's last two albums (including this one, Modern Guilt) have been some of his most inconsistent efforts. But with all the inconstancy comes some of his greatest rewards. "Chemtrails" is one of my favorite Beck songs, "Gamma Ray" and "Youthless" are nice additions to Beck's cannon of pop songs. Expand

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