BECK SURVIVOR: GUERO (WINNER: BROKEN DRUM)

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BECK SURVIVOR: GUERO (WINNER: BROKEN DRUM)

Post by Miki » 02 Sep 2015, 15:19

On with the nest Beck Survivor... going backwards, so we have Beck's ninth studio album, Guero (2005).

Beck worked on this and The Information at the same time, but finished Guero first. To help with the production he enlisted the Dust Brothers, who had already worked with him on Odelay and Midnite Vultures. It is possibly his least cohesive album, the one that plays most like a collection of songs rather than a concept piece. That said, it's a fine collection of songs :) If a theme can be found on the record, it's a look back at the cultures and influences that informed Beck's music and thoughts, from the Los Angeles Latino neighbourhood he grew up in, to the musicians and genres that shaped him - the blues, hip-hop, world music... It's a fairly joyful album, compared to its predecessor (the melancholic Sea Change), and less deep than the its follow ups (The Information and Modern Guilt), but though it still divides fans - a favourite for some, Beck's weakest for others - it has its place in Beck's output.

A quick reminder of the rules in case someone wants to join in for the first time.

For each album each song is a round, and each round you vote for your LEAST FAVOURITE song and that song will then be eliminated. When a song is eliminated the results will be posted and the album track list updated without the song that was voted off, and then we continue until we are left with one song from each album, the overall winner.

So, here's the first tracklist - once again as it appears on the standard album, without bonus tracks found on other editions:

1. E-Pro
2. Qué Onda Guero
3. Girl
4. Missing
5. Black Tambourine
6. Earthquake Weather
7. Hell Yes
8. Broken Drum
9. Scarecrow
10. Go It Alone
11. Farewell Ride
12. Rental Car
13. Emergency Exit


Looking at this list now, makes me realise how many great songs are on this! I'm having problems even starting!

I'll be back.
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Re: BECK SURVIVOR: GUERO (Round 1)

Post by Miki » 02 Sep 2015, 16:39

After much deliberation and fresh from playing the album (twice)... I decided to vote for Black Tambourine. It's a fun song, but I heard it too many times. He has played it loads live and maybe I got a bit bored of hearing it.
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Re: BECK SURVIVOR: GUERO (Round 1)

Post by TripleJay97 » 02 Sep 2015, 16:43

Missing.
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Re: BECK SURVIVOR: GUERO (Round 1)

Post by Miki » 02 Sep 2015, 16:48

TripleJay97 wrote:Missing.
:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

Missing and Broken Drum are my potential winners! :o :lol:
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Re: BECK SURVIVOR: GUERO (Round 1)

Post by TripleJay97 » 02 Sep 2015, 16:49

Just never got the appeal :|
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Re: BECK SURVIVOR: GUERO (Round 1)

Post by Lt Pinkerton » 02 Sep 2015, 17:12

Little bit of trivia I can offer here – there's actually a tiny spelling mistake in the album title, it should be Güero instead of Guero. The first six tracks on this album are amazing but then it goes a bit hit and miss imo. So I'm voting for Hell Yes.

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Lt Pinkerton wrote:Little bit of trivia I can offer here – there's actually a tiny spelling mistake in the album title, it should be Güero instead of Guero. The first six tracks on this album are amazing but then it goes a bit hit and miss imo. So I'm voting for Hell Yes.
Yeah, that's the correct Spanish spelling.

You probably all know, but "güero" means something like "white boy" in mexican slang. It's what Beck used to be called in his largely Latino neighbourhood, in L.A.
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Re: BECK SURVIVOR: GUERO (Round 1)

Post by tom_cas1 » 02 Sep 2015, 17:28

Hmm I've no idea what to go for. Let me think about it for a bit, may have to listen to a few songs before I vote. Brb!
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Post by Miki » 02 Sep 2015, 17:29

tom_cas1 wrote:Hmm I've no idea what to go for. Let me think about it for a bit, may have to listen to a few songs before I vote. Brb!
This is the first album where I struggled to find a clear "least favourite"!
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Post by tom_cas1 » 02 Sep 2015, 18:37

Missing for me too. Very tough choice though.
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Post by TripleJay97 » 02 Sep 2015, 19:08

Rental Car is my potential winner 8-)
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Re: BECK SURVIVOR: GUERO (Round 1)

Post by Miki » 02 Sep 2015, 19:29

Missing is like the best song on the album...

Rental Car is good, but not the best one, by a long shot!

If Missing goes out (UNBELIEVABLE!) - the third song in Beck's "Brazilian Trilogy" - then Broken Drum to win.
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Post by tom_cas1 » 02 Sep 2015, 19:34

Missing had the most votes. Eliminate it now. :twisted:
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Re: BECK SURVIVOR: GUERO (Round 1)

Post by Miki » 02 Sep 2015, 19:35

One to vote yet. Things can change.
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Re: BECK SURVIVOR: GUERO (Round 1)

Post by AdvertBreak » 02 Sep 2015, 19:35

Ur...HeII Yes.

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