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  • Audio CD (March 29 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0007SL1LW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  UMD for PSP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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1. E-Pro
2. Que' Onda Guero
3. Girl
4. Missing
5. Black Tambourine
6. Earthquake Weather
7. Hell Yes
8. Broken Drum
9. Scarecrow
10. Go It Alone
11. Farewell Ride
12. Rental Car
13. Emergency Exit

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Three years after the critically acclaimed and heart wrenching 'Sea Change' Beck returns with 'Guero', that reunites Beck with classic co-conspirators the Dust Brothers. Beck explores territories uncharted by even this most innovative artist of his generation. Interscope. 2005.


Now that Beck has effectively exorcised his personal demons with 2002's hyper-confessional Sea Change, he can get back to the business of being a total fruit loop. We all know what that involves: video game sound effects, random shouting in Spanish, and rhymes about popsicles and vegetable vans. And that's just the second track. Guero is like every Beck album condensed into one, a no-holds-barred collision of two-turntables and a microphone with the added bonus of guitars, bossa nova beats, Jack White, lyrics about spaceships and dump truck full of ideas all fighting to get heard about the ruckus. It's an exhausting and exhilarating listen with lots of peaks, such as the digitized power ballad "Broken Drum" and handclap drench folk freak-out "Farewell Ride," and more than enough to restore anyone's faith in Beck as one of the most chaotically inspired songwriters of our time. -- Aidin Vaziri

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I usually find that with Beck's albums there is some gold, but that it is not pure gold all the way through. However, Guero is pure gold. I bought this edition spontaneously because I liked the variety and quality of Guero soooo much. I had no idea that it would be worth the extra money. I just hoped. It turns out that the seven bonus tracks (3 unreleased songs from the recording sessions and 4 remixes) are, on the whole, enjoyable (and/or unique), not taking away from the listening experience. It is a 79 minute CD because of them. More minutes for your money I say!

But wait...there's more! (I had to say that) The 2nd disc is a DVD which contains all of the normal Beck album in lossless 5.1 sound along with a variety of visual effects specific to each song to choose from as you zone out to the music. It is truly an audio-visual experience! Truly, the surround mix is great. Farewell Ride sticks out as one that is a must hear in 5.1! There are two easy-to-find DVD easter eggs: both of which are music videos (in 5.1 nonetheless) for e-Pro and Black Tambourine (two versions). There are also a variety of photos included on the DVD and in the booklet, essentially all of the artwork for the album that got Beck's sanctioning.

My one complaint is how the hardcover book presentation, although cool in idea, easily collects scuffs and dents which are permanent. If you try removing the unfortunate fingerprints this paper type seems to collect, there is the potential of tearing the paper. However, don't let that aesthetic take away from all that is good within. The liner notes are unique and informative for those that peruse them.

All in all, an enjoyable purchase that I am sure will be listened to for the years to come (by me and others...maybe you).
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Guero is an album that has listeners on the edge of their seats for a steady number of tracks. The ones that first stuck out at me were "E-Pro", "Que Onda Guero", and "Hell Yes"; all uptempo songs. Beck has used strong downbeat tracks in all prior albums (Sea Change, "Nobody's Fault But My Own", "Jack-Ass", "Pay No Mind", the slightly mellower "Debra"). But in Guero, I hear Beck unable to connect with those wonderful melodies which could make this a five-star album. I love this album, and I don't agree with all of the Odelay comparsions. Although I do hear The Dust Brothers' production in every track, like I did on Odelay, I can't see any of Geuro's tracks on that record. The DVD was a decent addition to the Guero package. Though the unofficial Beck music "videos" are quite lame, the easily accessible easter eggs are a great touch (simply hit the right arrow button and hit select on the DVD remote to see the video for "E-Pro", and then go to the speaker options and do the same thing to see the innovative but familiar video for "Black Tambourine"). Guero doesn't sound like any other Beck album and it is one of the best records to play with the volume extremely loud that I have ever heard! This is a welcome addition to a very welcoming portfolio of one of the pioneers of modern music. Guero is a very good album that ends off with bonus tracks that are pretty great. The opening bonus, "Send A Message To Her" is a rocking number while the others aren't quite as great; "Chain Reaction" and "Clap Hands", but still pretty nice. The remixes, I've only listened to once. The songs that grew on me after repeated listenings were "Farewell Ride" and "Go It Alone". There are some awesome tracks here. Thanks for another gem, Beck
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Imagine, for a second, that the same guy who wrote "Loser", dropping whack rhymes over a Doctor John slide guitar loop, who tried his hand successfully at stylistic collage, parodical hip-hop, and string-laden folk symphonies, who's output seems like an arcane library of cultural references and influences - imagine this guy tried to write an album of straight-up pop tunes. To describe the situation from the reflex angle, it might sound a bit like the Righteous Brothers if they did way too much acid and caught jungle fever (dyam!). For all its typical Beck-isms described above, the song structure and lyrical content are far less idiosyncratic than on previous releases. Is this the Beck we we know and love? Well, yes and no, the way the man still retains a connection with the boy of his former self, but has evolved into a somewhat different creature, who in turn sees the world differently. Beck's previous albums have all tried to break different ground than their predecessors, and we could generally expect the unexpected. This album is a logical and conservative distillation of his previous efforts, and it is precisely its conservativism that sets this album apart from Beck's others. But the album does not seem trite or too detatched, and while Beck retains his sincerity, some tracks are just a hell of alot of fun. Standout tracks include "Qué Onda Guero", "Hell Yes", and "Rental Car" as well as the openner "E-Pro", although don't take this one too seriously, just shake your booty cause you're gonna die one day, so you might as well enjoy a good thing while you can.
Yes, the boy gets older, he has a wife and a steady job, but he still remembers the good old days, he still likes to have a good laugh, and he can still get drunk at your wedding and dance his ass off to Kool and the Gang.
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