Life Imitating Life
It’s hard to explain how Beck keeps the machine rolling. From album one to album ten there hasn’t been that much difference. He either gets really dirty and rough with his music, or he simplifies things beyond measure. Oddly enough though, the newest Beck album isn’t 10 songs of “Loser” wannabes, but he mixed that dirty style with his simple style. Producer Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley fame helped him achieve the sound and overall they pulled it off. The latest Beck album “Modern Guilt” brings Beck into a fold of heavy 60’s influences, more so than he has ever been in the past. Musically this record sounds more like an old Rolling Stones or Beatles album. It stays in the pocket loads more than either of those bands would- but you can hear those influences on the record. Maybe that’s because Danger Mouse produced this record and he is forever infatuated with The Beatles like so many of us are. With “Modern Guilt” Beck and Danger Mouse created music basically with drum loops and beats- very little guitar is used throughout the album. Really this should be what the last Gnarls album should have sounded like. The 60’s influences, the simplicity, and the album’s feel of darkness make this a refreshing Beck album. With ten songs- this isn’t the biggest set that Beck has ever came out with but I think he works best in short bursts. A good album, “Modern Guilt’s” strength is its simplicity- thirty minutes long overall. It’s a short but enjoyable listening experience.