Label
Geffen

This is honestly not the kind of thing I normally listen to. In fact, when I think of Beck I fondly recall the first time I heard Loser, and after that I kind of lost track. In fact, some tracks on Guero, remind me a bit of that first exciting hit; the title track is like Beck's puzzling rap style reworked for a Latino market. Huh? This is mildly confusing, but nevertheless, one of the album's stronger tracks.

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  Beck is famous for genre-hopping and Guero features some good examples of why the reputation is well-deserved; Girl is like a mashup of Outkast's Hey Ya and some indeterminate era of California Sunshine Pop. Pleasant, but dispensable.

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  Missing immediately conjures Atonio Carlos Jobim's Stone Flower, proving that Beck is indeed prone to bossa nova excursions. It would be a pretty good track but let's face it - Beck's voice is no match for Jobim himself or or any of the other tropicalia originals.

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  Guero features some fairly uninspired tracks that might have been safely edited from the album. Black Tambourine and Earthquake Weather are among them, although the latter admittedly features a pretty beautiful chorus melody. If only it didn't suffer from some wickedly outdated beats and scratches.

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  The album has some strengths too including Hell Yes which features a double hit of pleasure - an infectious vocoder chorus and the always sexy voice of Christina Ricci, how can you go wrong with a combination like that?

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  The album winds its way through some slide guitar/Bon Jovi rock n roll outlaw moments (didn't Beck work that earnest folk-blues schtick out of his system when he did that album on K?) and lots more extremely stale "funky" beats that would breakup most any dancefloor.

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  I guess if you love Beck you should check this out, myself I'm mildly puzzled; although, as I previously pointed out, I've never really been a Beck fan or even listener, I expected something grander – I guess it's just that the things I have heard about Beck's career have always caused me to have a certain respect for his chameleonic ways.