Beck
Guero


4.5
superb

Review

by maximovement USER (2 Reviews)
May 11th, 2005 | 49 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Beck Hansen is back.

Yes. That’s right. Everybody’s favourite weirdo has returned with 2005’s “Guero". And he doesn’t disappoint…

“Guero" sees Beck returning to what he does best – being himself. Every song on “Guero" is different, and there truly is something for everyone on this album. Right, onto the review…

“Guero" opens with the first single to be released from the album, “E-Pro". “E-Pro" has one of the catchiest riffs on the album and it will take you weeks to get it out of your head. The vocals are as weird as always “Take your eyes and your mind from the road/Shoot your mouth off but look where you’re aiming" but hey, maybe somebody else apart from me understands the lyrics. 5/5

“Que Onda Guero?" Arguably the title track of the album. The song is sung in Spanglish and is as weird as “E-Pro" lyrically. “……Guero?" does drag on a bit, however. I can imagine this song being a live favourite… 4.5/5

“Girl" This is probably the simplest song on the album featuring Beck on every instrument. Simple rhythmically, melodically and lyrically, “Girl" is not as catchy as the first two songs, but still impressed me. 4/5

“Missing" I don’t think it’s possible for Beck to write a bad song, but “Missing" is definitely not one of his best. I’ll leave you to be the judge of this song, as I don’t want to make you not buy the album. 2/5

“Black Tambourine" The highlight of the album. Possible second single and an anthem in waiting. “Black Tambourine" is also an incredibly simple song, very bassy (is that a word?!) but when the guitar drops in from time to time it definitely doesn’t spoil the song. There’s also a nice little guitar part at the end (would you call it a solo?). 5/5

“Earthquake Weather" Very strange. If any other artist wrote this song it would probably be immediately dismissed as being too weird. But this is Beck. We’ve come to expect this from the little guy. Even though the song is formless, it’s grown on me. 4/5

“Hell Yes" A sure-fire live favourite, “Hell Yes" is quite weird as well. It appears to have Beck singing, a guy in the background saying “Yeah, that’s it" and a girl who pops up in the chorus and during the bridge saying how Beck’s bass is nice and how she likes his beat. No, me neither. 4.5/5

“Broken Drum" A drawn-out acoustic guitar/metal ballad. Yes, on paper it sounds strange, but “Broken Drum" is one of Guero’s highlights. A piano, some distorted riffs, drums and an acoustic guitar (along with many other instruments) make up this fine song. 4.5/5

“Scarecrow" Another excellent song. Beck plays every instrument on this laid-back bluesy-funk song. “Sometimes the jail can’t change the cell/And the rain’s too plain to tell/All alone by a barren well/ The scarecrow’s only scarin’ himself" is one of the catchiest choruses I’ve heard in a few years. 5/5

“Go It Alone" Again, Beck plays every instrument on this song. Except for a little-known guy called Jack White on bass. Jack worked with Beck for a few of the bass lines on the album, and on this track it really shows. It’s like a slower mixture of “Black Tambourine" and “Scarecrow". 5/5

“Farewell Ride" Well he has to slip up sometime, doesn’t he? “Farewell Ride" is a good song, don’t get me wrong. It’s definitely weaker than a lot of the other songs though. Beck uses a slide guitar to good effect, but the lyrics are quite depressing when you think about them. 3.5/5

“Rental Car" One of the heaviest songs on the album, and yet this songs main melody comes from a synthesizer! If the chorus part for the synthesizer doesn’t get you dancing along with repeated “Yeah, yeah, yeah"’s then...well…yeah. 4.5/5

“Emergency Exit" This is one of my least favourite songs on the album, with no obvious chorus, melody etc. Although these sort of songs are normal for Beck, maybe this one is just too weird… 3/5

“Send A Message To Her" (Bonus Track) A catchy intro, sing-a-long chorus along with great instrumental parts make this one of the best songs on the album and a nice, happy way to end the album. 5/5


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Vamos Scorcho
May 11th 2005


12 Comments


black tamborine isnt that great man

Kingadamx
May 11th 2005


120 Comments


This album is really great. Beck is pretty consistent in releasing a lot of excellent albums. This is his best since Odelay! IMO.

mx
Moderator
May 11th 2005


733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

An excellent cd, my favorite is "Go It Alone"

maximovement
May 12th 2005


1 Comments


this was the first Beck CD I got..I'm getting Odelay! in a couple of days time. anyone recommend any other CD's by him that I should get?

Callus
May 12th 2005


1 Comments


Farewell Ride is a masterpiece; much better than black tambourine.

woofwoofwoof
May 26th 2005


156 Comments


Odelay's better

cliffdogg
May 27th 2005


4 Comments


Bought it 2 weeks ago- hasn't left my CD player.

This is my first Beck record, but not the last.

sum1soiledMyBongos
May 29th 2005


19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You seem to describe a lot of his songs as "weird"... i guess you could say that. But it's weirdness in a very catchy and accessible form. Good album though. One of the best this year so far, it makes my top 5 at least.

sadisticmonkey
June 4th 2005


107 Comments


not his best, that belongs to Odelay...

but still a solid funky cd 4/5

I like Farewell Ride the best ;)

Little Man being Erased
June 6th 2005


87 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is growing on me with every listen.

J_McMeaty
July 25th 2005


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review for a good cd.


masada
July 25th 2005


2733 Comments


I found this album to be a bit dissapointing. I had high expectations, since it is Beck. It's a 3.5 or so, to me.

Jawaharal
July 25th 2005


1832 Comments


does it even compare to sea change

Med57
Moderator
September 2nd 2005


1001 Comments


It doesn't really sound anything like Sea Change, no...it's been described by some as Odelay!, part 2, and while that's a bit unfair, it does sound more like Odelay! than any other Beck album. I'd say that it's worse than both those 2 discs, but still a good album.

bassman9985
September 2nd 2005


13 Comments


Odelay 2.

And no, it does't compare to Sea Change, which is unbelievably good.

Glitterati
September 18th 2005


83 Comments


Beck has done it again. No Odelay, but still pretty awesome.

Zebra
Moderator
September 18th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is an average album. "Hell Yes" and "Black Tambourine" just never get old.

Two-Headed Boy
December 27th 2005


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

one of Becks best. Broken drum is the best song i've heard in a while

The Jungler
January 30th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree with AV8RS

Broken Drum is the best song on this cd. But there are some other awesome songs to.

mx
Moderator
January 30th 2006


733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

If you guys like Hell Yes, check out the remix on the Game Boy EP 'GHETTOCHIP MALFUNCTION'. It's a lot better



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