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  • Summary: The 10th album for the Los Angeles artist was produced by Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton.

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Gamma Ray
If I could to hold hold out for now With these ice caps melting down With the transistor sound And my Chevrolet terraplane Going around around... See the rest of the song lyrics
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: 40 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. Yo
    Jul 9, 2008
    10
    Does this man ever slip up?? Classic!
  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. CliffD
    Feb 1, 2009
    9
    This album did branch out, stays fresh with each listening, and is the most tasteful album beck has ever put out. That being said, I do This album did branch out, stays fresh with each listening, and is the most tasteful album beck has ever put out. That being said, I do appreciate Beck's tastelessness, but I didn't ever miss when listening to Modern Guilt. Watch out though this one just creeps up on you until at the end you are depressed into a coma. Expand
  5. RyanM.
    Jul 19, 2008
    8
    Fun, simple easy to listen to. Great retro sound. Beck shows more diversity with this good album. Not his best or most interesting but Fun, simple easy to listen to. Great retro sound. Beck shows more diversity with this good album. Not his best or most interesting but worthwhile to listen to as background party music or driving music. 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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