Guero (Remastered) Beck
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- 1E-Pro (Album Version)03:22
- 2Que' Onda Guero (Album Version)03:29
- 3Girl (Album Version)03:30
- 4Missing (Album Version)04:44
- 5Black Tambourine (Album Version)02:47
- 6Earthquake Weather (Album Version)04:26
- 7Hell Yes (Album Version)03:18
- 8Broken Drum (Album Version)04:30
- 9Scarecrow (Album Version)04:16
- 10Go It Alone (Album Version)04:09
- 11Farewell Ride (Album Version)04:19
- 12Rental Car (Album Version)03:06
- 13Emergency Exit (Album Version)04:01
Info for Guero (Remastered)
Beck kept fans and critics guessing about how he’d follow up Sea Change and in 2005 released the genre-mashing Guero which shot to #2 on the Billboard Top 200--his highest charting album to date. Beck’s eighth album saw him reuniting with the Dust Brothers with an assist from producer Tony Hoffer (Midnite Vultures), for a tour de force of Latin rhythms, rhymes, guitars, beats, samples, 8-bit electronics, turntables and vocoder for a fun and freewheeling ride through rock, hip-hop, boss nova, country-blues and soul. Album opener and lead single, “E-Pro” went to No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart, while “Girl,” “Hell Yes,” “Go It Alone” (featuring Jack White on bass) and more became instant fan favorites. The album was a hit with critics as well with New York magazine enthusing, “Beck integrates his personae into a fairly seamless whole, and his knack for synthesizing disparate musical elements (hip-hop, robot funk, blues, country, jazz, garage rock, etc.) extends beyond samples and individual tracks. The songs migrate smoothly from one to the next; there aren’t any throwaway numbers to sabotage the album’s momentum; the whole thing coheres,” while Rolling Stone dubbed it “his liveliest and jumpiest music in years.”
As is traditional with Beck reviews, it should be noted that no, the new album Guero is not like 2002's Sea Change, his last. Guero is his sixth major-label album, and it sees the return of previous production collaborators Tony Hoffer (Midnite Vultures) and the Dust Brothers (Midnite Vultures, Odelay). If it's not like Sea Change, then given the personnel you might assume that Guero is following an interrupted trajectory back onto the dancefloor. You'd be half right.
If anything, this is a return to the swagger of Midnite Vultures and Odelay, but it's not a copy. Almost ten years on from Odelay, Guero has more assurance than its swaggering predecessors. The opener and current single, "E-Pro", sets out Beck's store pretty effectively: swagger, funk, breaks, and the first signs of the latin flavour which colours the whole album. 'Que Onda, Guero?' (Where you going, White Boy?) is a good question; the answer, it seems, is wherever he wants. Guero is quite a ride.
Beck hasn't forgotten Sea Change by any means; not the feel of it, nor the production approach. "Broken Drum", particularly, has echoes of the melancholy and careful, bare arrangement from Sea Change. But even at the point of closest approach there's been forward motion: distorted guitars and crunched percussion play off the backbone of piano and acoustic guitar.
In fact, the whole album is a move forward. Even at its most raucous ("Chain Reaction" gets pretty shouty), things are more restrained, while the production is more adventurous, with richer textures and arrangements. This is an album covering a fair amount of ground, taking in breaks and funk at one end, through infectious pop and out to the kind of noise that's somewhere on the path to post-rock.
Guero, then, is something of a coming together of Beck's various stylistic forays, making use of all the tricks he's picked up along the way. It's a good mix, and a grower. Ten years on, and Beck's in rude health and definitely on form. (Matt Patterson, BBC Review)
Beck, vocals, guitars, bass, additional sounds, percussion, slide guitar, 12-string guitar, clapping, stomping, programming, tambourines, harmonica, vocoder, piano, celeste, drums, beats, keyboards, kalimba, strings arranger
The Dust Brothers, beats, claps, producers, recording, mixing
Paolo Díaz, „dude" (speaks in the background of "Qué Onda Guero")
Charlie Capen, additional sounds
David Campbell, strings arranger
Roger Joseph Manning Jr., clavinet
Petra Haden, vocals
Smokey Hormel, electric guitar
Money Mark, organ
Justin Meldal-Johnsen, bass, guitar sounds
Christina Ricci, spoken words on "Hell Yes"
Joey Waronker, drums
Jack White, bass on "Go It Alone"
Recorded September 2003 – August 2004 at The Boat, Silverlake, CA
Engineered by Danny Kalb
Mixed by Tony Hoffer
Produced by Beck Hansen, Dust Brothers, Tony Hoffer
Please Note: We offer this album in its native sampling rate of 48 kHz, 24-bit. The provided 96 kHz version was up-sampled and offers no audible value!
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