Modern Guilt

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  • Summary: The 10th album for the Los Angeles artist was produced by Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Modern Guilt is a hot thing of indefinite course.
  2. Modern Guilt takes that album's insecurity in the face of technology running away with us, to a tightly-written 10 songs that in part seem to focus on what, precisely, we have done to the world; and how on earth are we meant to get back in touch with it?
  3. Under The Radar
    80
    Modern Guilt adds Danger Mouse and Cat Power to Beck's roster of collaborators, with spectacular results. [Fall 2008, p.79]
  4. 70
    Produced by hip-hop head case Danger Mouse, who is half of Gnarls Barkley, Modern Guilt mixes ancient rock--mainly the incense-and-peppermints-flavored ’60s psychedelia of Revolver-era Beatles, the Zombies and Pink Floyd--with the woozy, abstract beats Danger Mouse manages to turn into freaked-out fun.
  5. It sits alone in his cannon as being slightly uncomfortable but in turn is a brilliantly concise work (it runs to a little over 30 minutes).
  6. 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: 38 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. DC
    Jul 10, 2008
    10
    This is the most precise album he has done since sea change. Beck rocks it with danger mouse flare. Perfect pairing.
  2. Tab
    Sep 28, 2008
    10
    The trick is to let this work of brilliance stand on its own. When album this genuine and passionate happens, recognize what went into it. The trick is to let this work of brilliance stand on its own. When album this genuine and passionate happens, recognize what went into it. That's where you'll find what to get out. Expand
  3. BradleyH.
    Jul 8, 2008
    9
    Beck sails through a sea of modern mediocrity. Standing along side of NIN, Morrissey, Radiohead and Coldplay who have consistently released Beck sails through a sea of modern mediocrity. Standing along side of NIN, Morrissey, Radiohead and Coldplay who have consistently released albums that other artists could only dream of making, always relevant. Expand
  4. 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 itWhat 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
  5. CM.
    Aug 3, 2008
    8
    Pretty so-so at first listen. I think it takes a few thorough plays to really appreciate this album. After hearing it through a few times I Pretty so-so at first listen. I think it takes a few thorough plays to really appreciate this album. After hearing it through a few times I really like it, it has the same type of feel as The Information. The short play time helps, the songs are all really tight. Replica and Profanity Prayers are two of the best cuts in my opinion, the only song I really don't like is Soul of a Man. Expand
  6. BethC.
    Feb 7, 2009
    8
    Great fun - just like old times. gotta love him.
  7. FranklinFudge
    Aug 19, 2008
    1
    Beck hasn't made a good album since the 1990s, which is unfortunate, since he was one of the 90s' most reliable indie rockers. Even Beck hasn't made a good album since the 1990s, which is unfortunate, since he was one of the 90s' most reliable indie rockers. Even Danger Mouse couldn't turn his career around, and Danger Mouse has been infallible lately. Stay away. Expand

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