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Beck - Guero

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. Beck is famous for genre-hopping and Guero features some good examp...

Daft Punk - Human After All

There's some awesome vocoded fun on this new Daft Punk album but there's some pretty shameful mediocrity at work too. The album suffers from a lack of editing (or inspiration) and too long a running-time given the quality of the material. Opener and title track Human After All is pretty danceable and rocking and good, followed by Prime Time of Your Life, which is also very pleasant. Robot Rock is probably the best song on the album with some incredibly sleazy synthesizers ba...

Black Mountain - Black Mountain

I'm not exaggerating much when I say that every local Vancouver paper and weekly I have picked up over the last year has featured an article or cover story about the Pink Mountaintops or more recently Black Mountain. More recently, the same is true of weeklies and music magazines everywhere. But that's not the fault of Black Mountain right? It's actually a great album and it's hard not to love, The opening song, Modern Music hooks you with two rare delights in this day and age:...