Sunday, July 06, 2008

Beck in time

DESPITE the Modern moniker, this album sees Beck under the influence of the past.
Despite thoroughly up-to-date production from producer Dangermouse, the album is a wash of rock 'n' roll and psychedelia influences.
For example Gamma Ray sees Beck bopping to an Eddie Cochran-esque stomp, while Chemtrails has the distinct whiff of the Beach Boys circa Pet Sounds about it.
However the whole of Modern Guilt, as the title would suggest, is not the happy, good time party album these two would create on paper.
Instead nothing is overcooked and the album clocks in at the half-hour mark, giving it a concise, tight feel - historically one of Beck's problems.
Beck and Dangermouse should have nothing to feel ashamed about with Modern Guilt.

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