Modern Guilt

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. It's hard to deny the fresh, eclectic sounds of Walls or the sheer beauty in the closing sounds of Volcano, but overall, if this is any indication, Danger Mouse's productions are losing their novelty, and Beck remains at an uneven point in his career.
  2. Everything moves in linear fashion backwards, with only Danger Mouse’s bold battering saving Beck from a horrifying relapse into dreary Sea Change melancholia.
  3. This unpretentious attitude permeates the album’s writing and terse production whose results are self-evident: it lacks the unique resonating timbres one is accustomed to with Beck.
  4. Modern Guilt feels like a vanity project: there is no attempt to reach out, none of the classic pop singles Beck has been revered for, just 10 inward-looking, unlovable tracks.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. 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 greatThis 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 Full Review »
  2. thehamster
    Jan 18, 2009
    5
    This album was for sure a letdown after The Information....Modern Guilt has a couple of good moments but it suffers from being WAY This album was for sure a letdown after The Information....Modern Guilt has a couple of good moments but it suffers from being WAY overproduced. I sorely missed his band on these songs and would think a little more life could have went into this if they were present. Danger Mouse for sure brought some ideas, but 10 songs of them in a row sounded a lot alike. Not horrible, but not up to normal Beck standards. What made the Information so good is what is missing here.....variety. Back to the drawing board Beck.....remember to bring the band next time. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »