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Guero

Beck

2005

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Guero
Album Summary

Guero is the ninth studio album by American musician Beck, released on March 29, 2005, by Interscope Records. It was produced with John King and Mike Simpson of the Dust Brothers, who had worked with Beck on his 1996 album Odelay, as well as Tony Hoffer. The album was promoted with the singles "E-Pro", "Girl", and "Hell Yes", and debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200. To date, it is Beck's highest-charting album and had sold over 868,000 copies in the United States as of July 2008. It received positive reviews from critics. The album was recorded over a period of nine months, following a year and a half of touring in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Several other events contributed to the writing of the songs, including the suicide of Beck's friend Elliott Smith and Beck's impending child with wife Marissa Ribisi. The song "Broken Drum" is dedicated to Smith. More than 15 songs were considered for the final running order of the album.

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Sat Mar 11 2023
3

This list loves Beck - is this album 3 or 4? - but I don’t quite get it. There’s a few cool tracks but nothing really moves you or stands out.

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Mon Mar 20 2023
5

Hard to follow up to the very popular Maiden album. I suspect this one might not catch as much. This is one of my fav albums by this artist. I’ve listened to it a hundred times and there might be a spectrum of “growing on you” with repeated listenings. I had pirated a leak of it back in 2005 and listened to it a lot. When the final album dropped, it was enhanced by all sorts of production accents and small tweaks to the mix. Beck is good at finding cool sounding combinations of sounds and words (I love when he says “cliche wasted hate taste tested in Hell Yess). You may recognize the artwork on the album; it was done by winnipegger Marcel Dzama who also did the art for Reconstruction Site by the Weakerthans just a couple of years prior. Musically, I think beck is at his best here imo. I really like when he goes the pop/rock route and this album has something for everyone. A lot of the songs are danceable. Epro has a badass riff that’s fun to jam along to. A good amount of nonsense lyrics which I respect beck for. I really like the song Missing because it is lovingly melancholy, something that Beck can do very well in previous records like Sea Change. I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more beck on this list!!

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Wed Mar 22 2023
2

More Beck. Just meandering, wishy-washy alternative bleh that goes forever. This is a problem with the 1001 albums list: the complete lack of imagination. Beck had one semi-hit in the 90s, so the author latches on and includes a bunch more albums. It's really noticeable with those Gen X darling alternative artists - Beck, Bjork, Fiona Apple etc. None of them are particularly good songwriters, they never have albums that make for an enjoyable 45min or whatever, they've never done anything of note beyond the 1-2 things they're well-known for, but here they are. They're a step above one-hit wonders, but not by much. 2/5.

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Fri Mar 24 2023
5

I had this album in college but I probably haven’t heard it since. Favorite song is “Earthquake Weather” least favorite is “farewell ride.” 4.5

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Fri Mar 24 2023
5

Excellent on first listen, new and varied sounds. Great mix between hip/hop, rock, and electronic. Will definitely listen again

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Tue Mar 28 2023
5

This hits all the same eclectic alt/electro/hip-hop notes that early Gorillaz does for me. In other words, i fucking LOVED this.

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Fri Apr 07 2023
5

10/10 I seriously love how Beck is just doing whatever he wants constantly jumping between all these amazing different styles it’s amazing

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Fri May 26 2023
5

One of Beck's best and most consistent albums. I actually think the weakest tracks are the first 2. E-pro is by no means a bad song but after playing it for years on guitar hero and the fact that the song doesn't really go anywhere makes it a strange and not the best opener. Guero is a better song imo but sometimes I'm just not in the mood to hear all the constant background noises. They do lend the song it's vibe though. I think every other song on this thing is a banger. The styles vary from crazy silly Beck to chill and serene Beck to experimental and melancholy Beck. Everything is on here and I honestly think this is a good place to start if you've never heard his music before. Love this album Score: 90 Art: 70

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Thu Mar 16 2023
4

Absolute ear candy. More than anything it just sounds so good

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Mon Mar 20 2023
4

This album is pretty sweet. The style is all over the place and really keeps things interesting. Starts off with a Rock Band classic that's pretty decent if a bit repetitive. Very catchy chorus of course. He sounds like he attempts to sing while using as few facial muscles as possible, perhaps he is a ventriloquist on the side. I'm less of a fan of the rap tracks but honestly they're still pretty good. For some reason I really jive with the chorus to Hell Yes, for example. Great bass line on that song too. A highlight for me is Farewell Ride which is a pretty awesome song that just puts me on a worksite building a railroad in the wild west. I would not be surprised if this track was part of the inspiration for the Breaking Bad theme song. Honestly not a lot to say. No major lowlights. Just a solid album through and through. Maybe I'll check out more of his stuff.

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Sun Mar 19 2023
3

That rich kid from high school who acted weird because he has the money to get away with it. I do like early Beck but this began to drag

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Thu Nov 16 2023
3

Play that funky music white boy

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Tue May 16 2023
2

Couldn’t really finish it. Sounds a lot like Gorillaz I guess. First song was pretty good

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Tue Apr 11 2023
5

Loved this album. Goldilocks zone of weird.

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Fri Apr 14 2023
5

This is basically Odelay Part 2, and that makes 8th grade me really happy. For me, everything he's trying to do just works. Best track: Qué Onda Guero

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Sat Apr 29 2023
5

Love this. I only knew Beck radio hits. My bad. This is excellent rich grooves. Every song is better and better. A keeper.

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Sat May 06 2023
5

Tremendous album all the way through!

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Wed May 10 2023
5

It’s been a while since this list has served up a real gem I’d never heard of. Becks Guerin is one.

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Mon May 22 2023
5

This is another one that takes me back to my teenage years, I was a big Beck fan back then. I've cooled on him a bit since then, but this album was always one of my favourites of his. I had "E-Pro" set as my ringtone for a few months at one point, so it always has me looking for my phone if it comes on unexpectedly. Overall there's some great songs on here, especially "Girl", "Missing", "Earthquake Weather", "Scarecrow" and "Go It Alone". It's nor a perfect album, but I'd give it a solid 9/10, possibly due to a heathly dose of nostalgia.

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Fri May 26 2023
5

The album is very cool and unique, and it incorporates many different samples and styles. Beck is the bomb.

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Sat May 27 2023
5

I remember some of the music from this album. Beck is already a powerhouse prior to this album -- in the 90s. So am I surprised this is here? No. It should be here. The music video for E-Pro is creative -- poking fun at video games. You can also hear some 90s beats in the music in like Que'Onda Guero (Salt-n-Pepper - Shoop). Record scratching. :)

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Tue Jun 13 2023
5

I loved and listened to this album so much the summer it came out. iPods were new and I remember loving being able to listen to it as I walked around town that summer with nothing else to do. That being said, this is not the first Beck record I think to listen to, and likely not even the fifth or sixth, and it's been a long time since I have heard it. What a jolt of nostalgia this was and I had a blast revisiting it. I remember at one point having a huge issue with the way this record is mixed, and it still bugs me, but not nearly as much as it used to. Great record.

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Fri Jun 16 2023
5

I love me some Beck. Does not disappoint

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Fri Jun 16 2023
5

I need to revisit it because I was doing other things, but this is my kind of shit

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Mon Jun 26 2023
5

I wasn't really familiar with this album so it was a nice surprise. E-Pro and Que' Onda Guero really set the mood. Girl is great too as is Send A Message To Her.

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Fri Jul 07 2023
5

This is probably one of my favourite albums. It’s got interesting variation, good vocals, and a lot of bangers. Easy 5/5

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Fri Jul 21 2023
5

On first listen - this isn't as good as Odelay. I think, however, that this is because for some reason the production doesn't quite fit Beck's vocals. His style and musicality is just great - but for some reason his voice just don't settle in right with the rest of the instrumentals. This is really highlighted in the standout-track of the album - Rental Car. This is brilliant and every bit as good and exciting as anything on Odelay - but has very little of his voice. I think I might like to listen to this again.

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Mon Jul 24 2023
5

Nothing but bangers. This was Beck's last masterpiece.

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Wed Aug 09 2023
5

I really liked the singles from this in 2005 and never got round to listening to this album. I really enjoyed it, it had a lot of elements I like in an album, especially the use of different styles but still having an overall feel. I thought the choruses were really strong and memorable. I like weird/experimental albums, and considering I liked it a lot on a first listen I’m giving it 5/5.

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Mon Aug 21 2023
5

Très bon. Quel artiste ce Beck, je ne serais jamais allé vers lui mais c'est album sont vraiment bon ! 5

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Sat Sep 02 2023
5

Always excited when a Beck album pops up and this didn't disappoint. The man is a musical genius and has an innate ability to keep things interesting. Pretty lazy review that doesn't do it justice but I really loved it.

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Sun Sep 24 2023
5

Always thought this was his best album by a mile but even in surprised at this rating

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Mon Oct 02 2023
5

I feel the same way about every Beck album. It's just... a lot. If these albums were 30-35 minutes long, I think I'd love every single one of them. But, every time I have to listen to a Beck album from top to bottom, I find myself worn out by the end from the sheer quirkiness of everything. It takes WORK for me listen to a Beck joint. Unlike past Beck albums, however, I enjoyed the work of listening to "Guero" a great deal. It's a great album. The songwriting is great, the performances are fun, the production is solid. There was enough going on here to keep it interesting but not so much (unlike other Beck projects) to drive me to distraction. These songs have a familiar form without being formulaic. "Guero" might be Beck's most balanced album. The only complaint I can find is that it's still just a lot of quirkiness for a single listening session. But that's not enough to overcome everything this album does right. Full marks.

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Tue Oct 03 2023
5

Damn. I really liked this one

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Mon Oct 09 2023
5

E-pro: fantastic from fist chords. Great song.

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Mon Oct 16 2023
5

Love the groove in this one. The synthesizers are amazing, love the electronic pop vibe. It brings the Gorillaz to my mind. Very creative with influences from multiple genres. I love it. 5/5

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Tue Oct 17 2023
5

Beck can nail so many genres and blend them together seamlessly. This album is no exception. It's no wonder he's been producing so much great music for decades.

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Mon Oct 23 2023
5

Yeahhh! Great one to start with!

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Tue Oct 24 2023
5

This album is inspired. I’ve have heard quite a few of the tracks by themselves, but honestly I’m mad at myself for not listening to it in it’s entirety sooner. Very creative album, engaging from start to finish. A hard 5.

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Tue Oct 24 2023
5

I thought Odelay and Mellow Gold covered me for my Beck listening needs, but here Guero comes along and adds another unique yet unmistakably Beck album to the mix. I really enjoy this album! My biggest surprise is that I don’t know if I knew the songs off this before, and that I have never listened to this before. Fantastic!

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Tue Oct 24 2023
5

Oh my goodness. I love this album! So glad it's here!

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Tue Oct 24 2023
5

Wow! I totally loved this one. On first listen, there was one track that I didn’t like so much, but I really didn’t want the album to end. So, I played it again and again and again and… I never again heard that track that I didn’t like though…

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Tue Oct 24 2023
5

I took a little longer with this album, as I wanted to really savor it. It is fantastic. I was not familiar with this album of Beck's or even these songs, but that made me sad I hadn't spent time with it before. I could listen to this lots and lots. So funky and fun, I want this as my life soundtrack right now.

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Tue Oct 24 2023
5

Beck knows how to use dynamics to enhance a song's impact. Great album! one of my favorites.

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Wed Oct 25 2023
5

Great album. So many genres and influences coming together to make some slick, fun, great music.

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Mon Oct 30 2023
5

"See the vegetable man in the vegetable van" has to be one of the strongest openers yet.

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Fri Nov 03 2023
5

Eu me surpreendi demais! Que álbum bom de ouvir

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Tue Nov 07 2023
5

Aw hell yeah! Got back into this album recently after seeing Beck live. Solid fun album.

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Sun Nov 12 2023
5

My favorite Beck album, probably slightly preferred to Odelay due to the cleaner production and accessibility. It's fun and silly and representative of 2000s culture. In a lot of ways reminds me of the Gorillaz in terms of the reliance on electronica and diversity in genres. There's a different style in every song, and nearly all of them work. Tons of energy and very catchy. 2nd side slows things down, and I would argue half the songs don't leave much of an impression. For example, "Farewell Ride" and "Emergency Exit" sound far too similar, and I wasn't crazy about either, especially for long they dragged, but I think he could have combined both into one really good song. Giving it 5 stars because I really do love this album, and I was invested in it all, which is a very rare thing from me.

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Tue Nov 14 2023
5

Everything you love about Beck in one album. Which is funny because I thought I knew Beck, but now I'm not certain I ever did. This was a easy win, go-buy-the-vinyl, album. Hints of Gorillaz, Cake, Sublime. Loved the album.

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Mon Nov 20 2023
5

I love bilingual Beck but for a very white guy he leans a little too heavy into it on this one. Still love his grooves though.

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Fri Nov 24 2023
5

E-Pro, Girl, Go It Alone, Farewell Ride. Beck all over the place on this one - some electronic songs, some dirty acoustic bangers with a harp, crunchy rock songs.

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Mon Nov 27 2023
5

I did not have the impression that Beck could satisfy my tastes this much. I am totally surprised and pleased by this record.

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Fri Dec 01 2023
5

9/10 Great ablum Some random hip hop/rock bangers on it

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Mon Dec 04 2023
5

I liked many songs on this album and loved many

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Tue Dec 05 2023
5

Yeah, this is my favorite Beck album. Thank you for another excuse to spin it.

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Thu Jan 04 2024
5

I loved the different sounds showcased on this album. There is a lot of debate on Beck's lyrcial symbolism, whether there is meaning to be discerned or not, and I think that's one of the greatest parts of his music for me. Some songs do seem nonsensical, but then you catch one that is clearly describing a place you could be present in, or a situation you can imagine. Overall, the grunge/alt sound always speaks to me, and this was expertly done.

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Fri Jan 05 2024
5

I was pleasantly surprised by this album! Although I had heard the song "Girl" before I never knew anything else of this album. It is a very eclectic mix of music. Especially like the song "Missing " I loved the middle Eastern vibe to it! I will definitely be adding this album to my Playlist.

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Mon Jan 08 2024
5

Fab. Would listen to the whole thing again. Enjoyed it very much while in Key Largo

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Mon Jan 08 2024
5

Excellent--Beck at his prime..

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Wed Jan 10 2024
5

Outstanding album--each track, thoroughly listenable. Genius.

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Wed Jan 10 2024
5

Wow. I forgot how much I like Beck. Great album. Super groves. Recommend for sure A+

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Thu Jan 11 2024
5

I loved the utilization of a plethora of instruments. The influence from Latin music throughout the album was phenomenal. Truly an amazing record.

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Fri Jan 12 2024
5

Strong start with an familiar jam. Second song sounds like a more upbeat Gorillaz track - groovy, weird, and creative.

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Fri Jan 12 2024
5

Love Beck and this has several great songs

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Fri Jan 12 2024
5

1. 4.6 2. 4.5 similar to the Gorillaz sound 3. 4.2 4. 4.8 Best song thus far 5. 4.4 6. 4.8 7. 4.9 8. 4.3 9. 4.2 10. 4.5 11. 4.7 12. 4 13. 4.2

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Sat Jan 13 2024
5

Beck - Guero I never really listened to this album by Beck. I was familiar with Mellow Gold and Odelay. So I was happy to see this pop up as my album for day 9. I've been listening to it all morning and I'm loving it! I might even go as far as to say that I think this is my favorite Beck album. I didn't find myself wanting to skip any of the songs at I listened. My favorite being Que' Onda Guero. It's just so fucking good. 5/5

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Sat Jan 20 2024
5

A long time I always thought of "Loser" when hearing the name Beck. But in the meantime I realised that there was much more. I like this unusal sound.

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Sun Jan 28 2024
5

Stellar album throughout. Really excited when this popped up because I hadn’t listened in quite a while.

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Tue Jan 30 2024
5

Oooo baby what a banger of an album, full of interesting tracks to spruce up an afternoon. Someone cooked up some groovy flows and I'm eatin' them up. 5/5 - "So good I listened to it twice."

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Wed Jan 31 2024
5

Hit after hit. Beck never disappoints.

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Tue Feb 13 2024
5

This is Beck's "fuck it, you want a largely radio-friendly record from me again? Ok sure, but I'm also gonna keep it way more sonically interesting than my old shit because that's what I do now" album. I am not complaining! This is, as of this writing, my favorite Beck album, and my rating reflects that. This album blends the sometimes cocky, high-energy, goofball vibes of Odelay with Beck's later experimental instruments and sounds that he experimented with in Mutations, Midnite Vultures and Sea Change...and it's a brilliant marriage of auditory goodness that is mostly super upbeat with some somberness mixed in. Not surprising given when it was recorded and the loss Beck experienced in his life (see the note from Wikipedia below). Random observation alert: I was pretty surprised that "Hell Yes" has as few streams on Spotify as it does at the time of this review ("only" 4.5M compared to the two other singles: Girl's 28M and E-Pro's 48M streams) given it was also a single and it's a fun jam. I'm sure one day a random ad will give it new life. "Guero" es cerca de perfecto y muy, muy bueno. Interesting Wikipedia factoids: *Güero (pronounced 'wero') means "blond" in Mexican Spanish, but can also refer to a light-skinned person. *Beck was raised in a prominently Chicano area of Los Angeles. In an interview with ABC's Nightline, Beck said the term "guero" was "something that I'd hear growing up. Something I'd hear on the street, walking to school or something, I'd get called a 'Guero'. ... It's just a word that stuck in my head and I wanted to do something with that at some point. ... I ended up, in the end, just kind of doing this almost journalistic kind of look at that whole time." *The title of track 2, "Qué Onda Guero" (or "¿Qué onda, güero?"), is Mexican slang for "what up, whitey? *The album was recorded over a period of nine months, following a year and a half of touring in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Several other events contributed to the writing of the songs, including the suicide of Beck's friend Elliott Smith and Beck's impending child with wife Marissa Ribisi. The song "Broken Drum" is dedicated to Smith. *"Hell Yes" features spoken contributions from Christina Ricci, who happened to be in the studio at the time of recording...Jack White of the White Stripes plays bass on "Go It Alone". Standouts: E-Pro, Girl, Missing, Hell Yes, Broken Drum, Scarecrow, Go It Alone

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Sat Feb 17 2024
5

I absolutely love Guero. I've been a fan of this album since high school, so nostalgia is definitely helping there. I used to love the upbeat songs most (E-Pro, Hell Yes, Rental Car, Black Tambourine), these days I love the slow, melancholic songs most (Missing, Earthquake Weather, Broken Drum, Go It Alone). My taste has changed yet this album still delivers.

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Sat Feb 17 2024
5

Звук гораздо менее странный,чем в прошлом альбоме, который я слушала, но всё равно очень-очень круто

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Thu Feb 22 2024
5

Already heard but will re-listen to

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Mon Mar 13 2023
4

I absolutely adore Beck, but this is not my favorite by him. Some good songs, and not an unpleasant listen, but squarely in 4 territory for me.

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Thu Mar 16 2023
4

Really good! Groovy, with a great mix of styles and influences

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Fri Mar 24 2023
4

I love the difference between each song. Really cool album.

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Fri Mar 24 2023
4

This was pretty cool, some really cool sounds and 90’s drums. reminds me of soul coughing/mike doughty with some of the rap stuff. 3.5-4

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Mon Mar 27 2023
4

I’ve been revisiting Beck lately. This is a funky, wide ranging album. I’d put this up there as one of the best Beck albums from start to finish. I have no problem listening to this over again. 4/5

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