Guero, on the other hand, will almost certainly receive less acclaim, since Beck's decision to reunite with the Dust Brothers (who produced Odelay, his most popular disc) smacks of commercial calculation. Nevertheless, the CD is infinitely more enjoyable than its predecessor, if only because it provides plenty of sonic variety. The relatively rocky "E-Pro," the cut-and-pasted "Qué Onda Guero" and the overtly dopey, vocoder-infused "Hell Yes" are familiar but entertaining, while "Missing" and "Broken Drum" mate the seriousitude of Sea Change with stronger hooks and grabbier, more captivating arrangements.
Granted, most critics probably won't agree. But what the hell do they know?