DangerBeck by killerpop

Okay, mashing up their names doesn’t work too well for Beck’s and Danger Mouse’s collaboration Modern Guilt (though, I suppose it’s not a collaboration as much as a Beck album produced by Danger Mouse), but what’s important is that the music does. Beck has always been at home working with the Dust Brothers and he proves equally capable of meshing with the always quirky and inventive Danger Mouse. Having already shown he works well with eccentrics through Gorillaz’s Demon Days with Damon Albarn, DM brings his pairs his skill with the ever-changing but always familiar Beck. Modern Guilt follows in the vain of 2006’s The Information, mixing equal parts rocktronica and eclecticism. Following on the footsteps of the critically acclaimed return to whiteboy funk, Guero, The Information sounded clumsy at first, but whatever missteps Beck took on its predecessor, Modern Guilt finds Beck comfortable in his place in modern rock music. Never losing the melody, but never forgetting to push the sonic territory like he’s always done.

Modern Guilt dropped today so go pick up, download, or pirate a copy today. Beck is helped out by songstress Cat Power on “Orphans” and “Walls.” Personal track pick: “Volcano” and “Profanity Prayers.”

– Christian BC


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