Review: Beck's album 'Colors' is one of the year's best

The singer's new work drops today.


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.

Focus Tracks:

“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.