In 2002, Beck released Sea Change, a dark album that made the happiest of people delve deeply into depression. Three years later, he has reemerged with a brighter, happier outlook on life with Guero.

The first single and starting track, “E-Pro,” is a stomping romp of lyrics over an even heavier beat. Beck returns with classic sarcastic lyrics and a sing-along chorus.

“Que Onda Guero,” the album’s unofficial title track, features Beck speaking his best Spanglish with English rhymes and words like “vato” and “puta.”

Beck fans should be happy with this album because it so closely mirrors the upbeat style of Odelay, yet Guero also shows how he has grown since 1996.

“Scarecrow” feels like a long, drawn-out western classic and “Black Tambourine” sounds like a continuation of Midnight Vultures with its ‘70s dance party feel.

Beck plays with different sounds on the addictive intro to “Girl” and the porno-music sound of “Hell Yes.”

The album brings back the bubbly pop-rock sound Beck is known for, which makes Guero less like a page on Beck’s journal but perfect for rolling the top down and driving in the sun all day long.

Grade: A

Guero is currently available.