Review by Vittorio Allen on 2015-02-16
With fans of all backgrounds in uproar about Beck claiming the Grammy for “Album of the Year” this year, I find it fitting to give you all a review of one of his prior albums entitled “Modern Guilt.” This is not to say that “Morning Phase” isn’t a Grammy-deserving album but rather that 2008’s “Modern Guilt” is a work of art that needs further recognition.
This album likes to rip and pull, toss and tear as it sets into motion an inspired 1960’s surf-like anthem. It comes running out the gate with hits like my personal favorite “Gamma Ray” and “Chemtrails.” Both soar through the ears colliding like waves with catchy piano and guitar chords intermixed with tight drumwork and Beck’s infinite vocal harmonization. The imagination at work in “Youthless” makes you appreciate the genius that is Beck because creating melodies such as this is truly unique.
Rounding out the album are songs “Profanity Prayers” and “Volcano,” two very diverse mixes that surely have something for your taste in them. “Profanity” has the grunge movement swirling with a cheery chorus whereas “Volcano” will slip you right into another dimension through its gently sweeping verses. This album has given us quite the trip and to listen to it is bliss right through to the end, so follow the leader because Beck isn’t stopping anytime soon.