Personnel: Beck (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, flute, percussion); Chan Marshall (vocals); Jason Falkner (guitar, bass guitar); Larry Corbett (cello); Greg Kurstin (piano, organ, synthesizer); Danger Mouse (synthesizer, keyboard bass, programming); Brian LeBarton (synthesizer); Matt Mahaffey (bass guitar); Joey Waronker (drums); Drew Brown.
Audio Mixer: Darrell Thorp.
Recording information: Anonyme Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Drew Brown.
In the early days of his career, after every relatively mainstream major-label album (MELLOW GOLD, ODELAY), Beck would then release a more experimental indie disc such as the lo-fi ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE or the knotty STEREOPATHETIC SOULMANURE. Similarly, Beck has been fond of stylistic experiments such as the Brazilian-influenced MUTATIONS and the warped R&B of MIDNITE VULTURES. As he's matured as an artist, these smaller-scale releases and genre exercises have fallen somewhat off the radar, but the quickly recorded and loose-limbed MODERN GUILT recalls the feeling of those rough-edged earlier records. Paradoxically, it may also be his most immediately accessible and pop-oriented album ever. A stripped-down collaboration with Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton of Gnarls Barkley fame, MODERN GUILT is rooted in 1960s pop, from the British Invasion vibe of the bouncy "Gamma Ray" to the woozy psychedelia of "Chemtrails." Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) also provides guest vocals on two songs, "Orphans" and "Walls." MODERN GUILT is available as a digital download, a standard CD, and a vinyl LP.
Odelay, Mellow Gold, Mutations
Serge Gainsbourg, Talking Heads, Leadbelly, Beastie Boys, James Brown, Prince, Willie Dixon, Pussy Galore, Nirvana (US), Meat Puppets, Neil Young, Big Bill Broonzy, Run-D.M.C., The Cars, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ric Ocasek, Kraftwerk, Mississippi John Hurt, Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore, Gary Wilson, Gram Parsons, Mark Mothersbaugh, Mantronix, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, John Lennon, Os Mutantes
Cornershop, Silver Jews, Morphine, Russell Simins, Beat Happening, Sean Lennon, The White Stripes, Simple Kid, Dan the Automator, Ben Folds, Cibo Matto, Jamie Lidell, Ill Lit, Ween, N.E.R.D., Butter 08, East River Pipe, Hayden, Broken Bells, His Name Is Alive, Pulp, Cripples, Supergrass, Super Furry Animals, Deerhoof, Weezer, Mercury Rev, Primus, Guided by Voices, Jens Lekman, Basehead, Jon Spencer (Rock), Built To Spill, Air (France), Vic Chesnutt, Liz Phair, Cat Power, Scissor Sisters, Nik Freitas, Bjork, Gnarls Barkley, Smog, Scud Mountain Boys, The Breeders, Soul Coughing, Camper Van Beethoven, Royal Trux, Eels, Calvin Johnson, Dub Narcotic Sound System, They Might Be Giants, Cornelius, Folk Implosion, Frank Black (Rock), Gorillaz, Dr. Octagon, Sebadoh, Money Mark, The Flaming Lips, Regina Spektor, Edith Frost, Boss Hog, Will Oldham, Sparklehorse, Aleister X, Kool Keith, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Palace, Jason Falkner, Stephen Malkmus, DJ Me DJ You, Luscious Jackson, Pavement, Jim White, Garbage
2 Gamma Ray
4 Modern Guilt
8 Soul of a Man
9 Profanity Prayers
Rock & Pop
Danger Mouse; Danger Mouse; Drew Brown
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Rolling Stone (p.89) - Ranked #8 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "MODERN GUILT has plenty of electricity and playful funk..."
Spin (p.102) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[E]eerily soulful psychedelic rock, as focused as it is trippy, with the meditative nuance of 2002's SEA CHANGE."
Spin (p.50) - Ranked #15 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "[T]he baby-faced boundary-buster delivered a spooky dose of downer psych."
Q (Magazine) (p.134) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Happily, the concise MODERN GUILT is a return to form....Always a musical magpie, here it's prog and pscychedelia that have caught Beck's eye."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "MODERN GUILT is a record of adult confusion and world-worn sensuality, crafted into colour-saturated, three-minute frames. Wisdom and wonder align in the same package."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.72) - Ranked #19 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "MODERN GUILT proved Beck still had the ZEITGEIST on speed-dial."
Blender (Magazine) (p.82) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "MODERN GUILT mixes ancient rock -- mainly the incense-and-peppermints-flavored '60s psychedelia of REVOLVER-era Beatles, the Zombies and Pink Floyd -- with the woozy, abstract beats Danger Mouse manages to turn into freaked-out fun."
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