Guero

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Beck keeps it interesting -- and pretty clean

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Perhaps a bit overly self-obsessed?

Violence

Some violent images, wrapped in dense poetry.

Sex

Nothing obvious.

Language

All clear.

Consumerism

Nothing obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Does "confection of venom" count?

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that a few conceptually violent words are used, either with gentle instrumental tracks or as poetic non sequiturs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 10, 14, and 18+ year old Written bySystemOfANintendo February 24, 2011

A wonderful, creative album!

I bought this album the day it came out, and everybody in my family loves it! I have no concerns about it, and Beck is a good role model by being himself.
Kid, 10 years old November 14, 2010

Very nice poetry.

However, I like "E-Pro", which describes frank violence and drinking: "Shoot your mouth if you know where you're aiming" and "Heav... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byNetGhost April 9, 2008

One of Beck's less imaginative albums, but still top-notch

Guero, which is Spanish slang for "white boy", feels more like a compilation of all Beck Hansen's different albums, a "Greatest Hits" p... Continue reading

What's the story?

On GUERO, his sixth major-label album, Beck lets himself loose in a playground of musical influences. There are Bossa Nova and Bo Diddley beats, Spanish-language lyrics, synthesized string sections, hip-hop moments, sensitive balladry, and a space-cowboy-folksy sensibility in stories told with a degree of self-reflection that might seem excessive to non-teenagers. With lyrics that are visceral yet obscure, the songs could be deep, or they might be vapid -- it's just hard to tell, and perhaps beside the point. Occasional violent imagery is defused by its obscure poetic context, and phrases like \"loaded rifle\" or \"confection of venom\" don't seem to be the point either.

Is it any good?

This CD delivers an imaginative and interesting collection of diverse styles and oddly powerful, if sometimes inaccessible, poetry. All of this is wrapped inside richly textured arrangements and perfectionist instrumental performances, sung with Beck's familiar expressive, adenoidal vocal stylings. Overall, it's a strong offering from an interesting artist who can't help but be his own weird and wonderful self.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the power of musical context, and whether the words "trigger" and "noose" (for example) seem more or less threatening over soft, sweet instrumentals than visceral hip-hop beats.

Music details

  • Artist: Beck
  • Release date: March 29, 2005
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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