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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. 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. DC
    Jul 10, 2008
    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
    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. StevenS
    Jul 8, 2008
    The only reason this album doesn't warrant a 10 is also the reason why I wouldn't consider it a stone cold classic, it's a minor detail but an important one. That reason is; the unrelenting and probably intentionally discomforting drumbeat put on Replica. While the end of that song eventually segues its way into the dark, gorgeous soundscape that populates the rest of this brilliant album it proves to be somewhat of an annoyance during the first part of the song. While it probably still is somewhat compelling and true to the artists vision (possibly even intended to push a certain point) it still doesn't sound all that great. Other than that this is by far the most interesting and possibly the best disc Beck has ever made. 9.5/10 Expand
  4. Nov 28, 2010
    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
  5. JamesB.
    Aug 3, 2008
    Good songwriting with great production!
  6. Sep 7, 2010
    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
  7. FranklinFudge
    Aug 19, 2008
    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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