On his new album, “Colors,” Beck delivers a perfect pop statement. This is by far his most conventionally mainstream album to date, working with the modern-pop template and elevating it in the process. Singles “Dreams,” ”Wow” and “Up All Night” have all been floating around a while now, so this shift should not come as a surprise.
“Colors” is indeed a bold, bright, daring move. Releasing it in October may have been a mistake. It’s a very summery record. One thing is clear: When you listen to songs like “No Distraction,” “Square One” and “Seventh Heaven,” it’s definitely evident, that while Beck may have taken a strong left turn, here, he hasn’t lost his knack for shape-shifting song-craft. After the soft, introspection of “Morning Phase,” Beck is now ready to party. Here’s hoping this record gets the airplay and the audience it deserves.
“Fix Me” This ballad stands out from the pack. It sounds very much like it was made with the same delicate touch as the “Morning Phase”-closer, “Waking Light,” and at the same time, it sounds like it could easily get some omnipresent radio airplay. It’s beautiful and indelible.
“Up All Night” This is Beck making a dynamic club-banger. The fans who have been around since “Loser” and “Where It’s At” might need convincing the first couple spins, but this is a funky jam.