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Modern Guilt CD (2008)

Artist: Beck

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The new album contains 10 new songs, and with the exception of last year's Grammy-nominated, digital-only single "Timebomb", Modern Guilt is the first new material Beck has written since the prolific stretch that produced 2005's platinum Guero and 2006's universally acclaimed The Information. Modern Guilt is a tightly assembled group of songs that range in lyrical tone from introspection and social commentary to off the cuff wordplay and lighthearted humor. Musically, the album's ten tracks vacillate between economy and experimentation, hybrid and pop classicism, while consistently manifesting Beck and Danger Mouse's shared interest in psych-rock, folk, electronic minimalism and orchestration. Beck is about to embark on a tour of the UK and Europe, followed by a number of US headline and festival appearances, culminating in Beck's biggest hometown headline show to date, September 20, 2008 at the Hollywood Bowl.


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 208105526
UPC 602517754416
UPC 14 00602517754416
Format CD
Release Date 7/8/2008
Author Beck
ReviewSource The Phoenix
Review Ever since his 2002 confessional, Sea Change, Beck's music has been less absurd and more obliquely melancholic, the sound of pop art confronting itself. On Modern Guilt, his eighth major-label record, Beck and co-producer Danger Mouse craft a subversive summer album that pits narratives of spiritual and existential longing against noise-encrusted beats and dusty old-pop architecture. It's music for summer nights of muggy confusion and post-sunset soul searching, and when Beck takes the mic, he rocks some straight-up Shiva s***: "To be loved or destroyed/From a void to a grain of sand in your hand." Beck and Danger Mouse -- whose ubiquity is quickly turning him into the alt-Timbaland -- handle most of the album's instrumentation, from the spy guitar that drives "Gamma Ray" to the infectious Doors-ian saloon hop of the title track. Meanwhile, "Chemtrails," the only song with a live band, salvages the wreck of late-'60s head-psych, all waterlogged and reanimated, with a hazy shade of Pink Floyd pomp. Beck's falsetto goes glassy-eyed under the spell of Joey Waronker's drums and Jason Falkner's bass -- torrential reckonings of retro allusion. Modern Guilt is a hot thing of indefinite course, and perhaps, as Beck sings in "Volcano," an attempt to "make it back into the womb of the world" -- not so much to beat the heat, but to become one with it.
Reviewer Zeth Lundy
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Artist Beck
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
Dot Music ...a tightly-written 10 songs that in part seem to focus on what, precisely, we have done to the world...
Hartford Courant ...[Beck]'s never found a sound quite as consistent or compelling as the one Danger Mouse dials in here.
Paste Magazine ...Beck's darkest record to date, one that captures the uncertainty of 2008 as well as "Mellow Gold" distilled apathy in 1994.
Uncut ...Beck is finally fun again, and you suspect the person most surprised by how well Modern Guilt turned out is the guy who made it.
Under The Radar Modern Guilt adds Danger Mouse and Cat Power to Beck's roster of collaborators, with spectacular results.

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