Blender Magazine - p. Tracks: 1. Orphans 2. Gamma Ray 3. Chemtrails 4. Modern Guilt 5. Youthless 6. Here he's joined at last by Danger Mouse, bringing a slightly more organic feel while tightening up the usual kitchen sink approach. Two tracks also feature Chan Marshall aka Cat Power on floating vocal accompaniment. At the centre of Beck's universe beats a heart of purest nerdiness. This geekiness is both his strength and his failing.
Musically his refusal to accept boundaries and deliver up the patent folky martian hip-hop was what made us love him in the first place. However when it comes to genuine songcraft Beck's never been easy to judge.
While his ability to give us tunes of heartbreaking beauty was never in doubt his lyrics are less easy to admire. Better, you don't have to worry about "Guilt" being a depressing CD.
It's just a contemplative one. And, given its lava-lamp-like swirl of sound, you'll find yourself drawn right in. Skip to content. Share Tweet. Click to comment. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. He's made a career bouncing from one extreme to the other, occasionally revisiting the cut 'n' paste collage that would have seemed like a natural fit for the sample-centric Danger Mouse , but when he partnered with Danger Mouse in , Beck 's pendulum was swinging away from the Odelay aesthetic, as he spent two records on the lighter side, thereby dictating a turn toward the dark.
So, he turns out to be a perfect fit for Beck , just perhaps not in the way that many might expect, although the title of their album Modern Guilt should be a big tip-off that these ten tracks are hardly all sunshine and roses.
Compared to the waves of grief on Sea Change , Modern Guilt trips easily, as this is a deft tapestry of drum loops, tape splices, and chugging guitars pitched halfway between new wave and Sonic Youth. This may not brood but it's impossible to deny its heaviness, either in its tone or its lyrics. Beck peppers Modern Guilt with allusions to jets, warheads, suicide, all manners of modern maladies, and if the words don't form coherent pictures, the lines that catch the ear create a vivid portrait of unease, a vibe that Danger Mouse mirrors with his densely wound yet spare production.
As on his work with Albarn and the Black Keys , Danger Mouse doesn't impose his own aesthetic as much as he finds a way to make it fit with Beck 's, so everything here feels familiar, whether it's the swinging '60s spy riff on "Gamma Ray," the rangy blues on "Soul of Man," the stiff shuffle of the title track, or the thick and gauzy "Chemtrails," which harks back to the sluggish, narcotic psychedelia of Mutations.
Danger Mouse assists not only with execution but with focus, pulling in Modern Guilt at just over half an hour, which is frankly a relief after the unending sprawl of The Information and Guero. Anonyme Studios, Los Angeles , California. Psychedelic rock .
Danger Mouse , Beck. The Information Modern Guilt Morning PhaseBeck performing "Orphans" from his Interscope/XL album "Modern Guilt." Lyrics- Think I'm stranded but I don't know where I got this diamond that don't k.