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Modern Guilt [CD]

Beck Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If there’s one thing that’s proved consistent about Beck Hansen, it’s that every fresh record will be a curveball, and so it is with Modern Guilt. If 2006’s The Information felt like a return to familiar Odelay territory, a gleaming beats-and-raps record with an eerie futuristic twist perhaps inspired by its maker’s interest in Scientology, its follow-up feels like a step out again into uncharted territory. Recorded with the help of hip-hop beat-maker turned multi-talented producer Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton, Modern Guilt is a foggy, sometimes distant-sounding affair apparently inspired by canyon-dwelling psychedelic rock, conspiracy theories, and end-of-the-world angst. "You and me hit by a test of white evil/Watching the jet planes go by", he strains, urgently, on "Chemtrails", eyes fixed to the sky. "Orphans" and "Walls", two songs recorded with Cat Power’s Chan Marshall feel like a bit of a missed opportunity, Chan’s vocals pushed too far back in the mix. But Danger Mouse’s beats are a delight, giving what could be quite morose numbers like "Gamma Ray" a skippy, vintage beat group feel. All in all, it’s not Beck at his most engaging or playful, but there’s a thoughtful, mature quality to Modern Guilt that you don’t find when he’s playing postmodern prankster, and it’s got much to recommend it. --Louis Pattison

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Excellent 2008 album from Mr Hansen! Produced by Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley). Features vocals by Cat Power on two songs.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year 26 Oct 2008
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Absolutely amazing album.

I originally bought it on download, but I've now bought the proper CD as compressed MP3 really doesn't do justice to all the layers and vibes going on.

Easily Beck's best album since the glorious Odelay. Definately his most accessible. Yes it is only half an hour long, but when you listen to it you don't feel short changed, it's half an hour beauty.

Innovative, wise and most of all you can dance to it.

Love it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck Power 13 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
The most impressive Beck record since Sea Change, for this genre bending artist has finally produced a record that, rather than land erratically at whatever musical influence echoes his current feelings, is a culmination of all his styles. Melodic folk, post-modern alternative indie, whatever you call it, it's brilliant.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck's Back! 27 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
I had loved Beck's earlier albums all the way until 'Sea Changes', as it was just naff (in my opinion, though i know others will disagree) and then he went toooo much into the hip-hop/techno/electro style and all his music started to sound the same. Which was a shame for an artist the caliber of Beck.
Modern Guilt is soooo much more like the old Beck i know and love. The songs are simple and there's more guitar involved. It's much more in the vein of Odelay than say...Midnight Vultures or Mutations - and it's great because of it!
If like me, you'd lost some faith in the music of Mr Hansen, then rejoice because although he's on a new label, this is VINTAGE Beck!
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great one 6 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
another great album from Beck, I like everything he does so I am probably not the best reviewer but so far he hasn't astray from the path
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4.0 out of 5 stars Existential psychedelia 22 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
After two albums that saw Hansen subdue his chameleon tendencies in favour of pusuing a sound that was distinctly 'Beck', Modern Guilt sees him back breaking new ground. You suspect that some of the credit for that has to go to producer Danger Mouse, if only because the music here, a dark brew of electronica, 60s psychedelia and pop, bears more than a passing resemblance to his own group Gnarls Barkley. It's a world away from his work on something like Sparklehorse's Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain, where he seemed hands off to the point of invisibility.

Further new elements include Gamma Ray's surf guitars, Replica's drum 'n' bass meets Aphex Twin futurism, and Chemtrails squaling Neil Young-esque guitar solo. Youthless is probably the closest thing here to Beck's past, mixing hip-hop beats, lyrical non-sequiturs and a chorus catchier than swine flu.

While Guero and The Information saw Beck juxtaposing a bleaker, more jaded lyrical perspective with his traditional party anthems, Modern Guilt is an apocalyptic vision set to apocalyptic music. The mix of conspiracy theory, scientologist imagery, and more tangible concerns (global warming, nuclear war, existential angst) combine to form a nightmarish vision worthy of Philip K. Dick.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Guilt 29 July 2008
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Like I said above, nearly all the reviews I've read for Modern Guilt have praised it as a return to form, "best since Sea Change", and that sort of garbage. Lazy, lazy journalism, particularly considering I read the exact same things about previous two albums (and bona fide clinkers) Guero and The Information. Where Modern Guilt outshines those albums is in its length, as both were at least twice as long as the half-hour Modern Guilt. That, and the music.

Which is fantastic. For reasons I don't understand, this Beck album took me the longest to get into. Well, of the ones I like. The less said about the boring Mellow Gold and the HIDEOUS Midnite Vultures the better. I was initially put off by how minimalist the album sounds. After about three listens, I was completely and utterly dependent on it. I couldn't do without it. Still can't. Strange that, isn't it? I think the reason for it is that I like the songs, or something.

Seriously though, the songs are fantastic. From the opener "Orphans" to closer "Volcano", there's not a duff moment on here. Plus, not one of the songs outstays its welcome. Once the verses, choruses and bridges have had their moment, its onto the next one. "Gamma Ray" is about the funnest song of the summer so far, "Chemtrails" has some incredible drumming and eerie vocals, "Modern Guilt" is relentlessly catchy, "Youthless" and "Replica" sound like Guero culls, "Walls" could pass for a Gnarls Barkley song (thanks Danger Mouse), "Soul of a Man" is sleazy as anything, "Profanity Prayers" is a super-happy bass fest and "Volcano" is perfect. The songs are as sparse as the artwork, but Beck doesn't need to layer his songs full of washboard solos and Schubert to be great. Modern Guilt's your proof.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sea CHANGE 13 July 2008
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Format:Audio CD
A quick glance at his watch and Beck's decided that it's time for a change. Out goes the quirkiness, the carelessness and the charm that swam about in 'The Information' and less recently, 'Guero'. In comes Danger Mouse with his surgery gear in hand, and they've got a record to make.

'Modern Guilt' is not quite the sudden jolt in movement or a shock to the system some have been hyping up. Beck's still the name, Beck's still the nature. We don't have a change in tactics equivalent to PJ Harvey's white dress, doom and gloom movement of 'White Chalk' - with the help of John Parish. Although when ears first came across 'Chemtrails', sinking in heartbreak and reverb, it was more than on the cards. 'Gamma Ray' is classic Beck and classic Danger Mouse, a simple bass riff moulded into a complex pop song due to the work of surrounding musicians. Soothing backing vocals (a regular attendee in the record) appear for the first time and it's about then that we realise the extent of Beck's "transformation".

Pop is very much on the agenda - 'Soul Of A Man' and the sharp and cutting title-track are simplistic, edgy and with a very, very modern edge. Brain Burton, who was only initially brought in to collaborate on one song, has inspired material reminiscent of Gnarls Barkley at their finest. Clocking in at thirty and a bit minutes, it's a futile task in attempting not to remember the jerky 'Youthless' or the bass-heavy opener 'Orphans' first time round. The same can be said for closer 'Volcano' - the biggest shock to the system you're bound to hear on the record. Eight albums in, and Beck might have written his most beautiful song to date. Melody the key, melancholic backing vocals at the ready, "I'm tired of evil /And all the things/ That I don't know" quivers the sleepy-head.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Modern guilt of past crimes
I like any hardcore fan of Beck from the start, stopped listening to him when the atrocity that was Midnight Vultures came out. Read more
Published on 21 July 2008 by Ziramen Tao
1.0 out of 5 stars No Beck. No.
The i-tunes exclusive single "Timebomb" was no masterpiece and seemed a bit too much like a mid life crisis attempt to rekindle the fun of "Sexx Laws" era Beck. Read more
Published on 17 July 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars What's the problem?
It's 2008, it's summer. it's a new Beck album, just what more do you guys want?
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