Sounds: A steady mix of Beck’s sillier and more mature sides; slacker, white-boy rapping (with occasional Spanglish) meets sample-laden rock, Latino and funk rhythms, and folktronica; atmospheric, acoustic ballads; calypso; basically a sample of everything Beck’s done over his career
Heavy Rotation track: “Que Onda Guero“
Medium Rotation tracks: The rest
Recommended: To Beck fans and anyone looking for a consistently groovin’ listen with impressive variety. He’s done all of these styles before, but each track stakes a new claim in his catalog (though there are fewer standouts than usual). If you think Odelay and Midnite Vultures get a little too bizarre at times, and you think Mutations and Sea Change are a little too laid back, Guero falls safely in the middle.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2005 candidate)
(As posted 4/11/05 on davepowersmusic.com)
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