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Universal acclaim- based on 82 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 75 out of 82
  2. Negative: 2 out of 82

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  1. Jul 16, 2012
    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.
  2. j30
    Feb 19, 2012
    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.
  3. Nov 1, 2011
    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
  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. 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.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Here, they [Beck and Danger Mouse] deliver enough substance and style to make Modern Guilt an effective dosage of 21st century paranoia.
  2. 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).
  3. Burton makes the ultimate endgame sound like a party you'd still want to be invited to--one that even Beck might enjoy, despite himself.