Beck
Colors


0.5

Review

by DoofusWainwright CONTRIBUTOR (91 Reviews)
October 13th, 2017 | 300 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: That Beck

Beck is one of only a few artists from the 90s who’s remained both consistently successful and enduringly credible whilst also mixing up his sound on near enough every new release. In fact, you could argue the only time this chameleon appeared to lose his colour shifting abilities was on 2014’s ‘Morning Phase’, ironically the album which saw him showered with the most critical acclaim, even pocketing a Grammy for his troubles. The fact that snoozy artefact was little more than a retread of the ‘Bryter Layter’ worshipping ‘Sea Change’ made the award a somewhat baffling moment, but still, no one could argue Mr Hansen hadn't built up enough credits for a spot of belated career recognition. Best to chalk it up as a harmless anomaly and hope for business as usual on the next one. Well, the good news is that after that mild n' pedestrian offering the appropriately titled ‘Colors’ sees our chameleon back to full working operation, adopting a fresh multi-coloured skin for album number eleven. History would suggest this means all is well in the world of Beck, that we should be anticipating something unconventional and intriguing at the very least...oh how wrong can you be"

I’ll cut to the chase, this latest entry into the Beck canon is uncommonly offensive; this is a 'peeking between your fingers' car crash of epic proportions, an unmitigated failure on every level you approach it from. While you can applaud the artist for coming up with yet another complete reinvention, tragically the territory he's entered here is the least appropriate, most underwritten and supernaturally naff he could conceivably have chosen. There's nothing inherently wrong with a stalwart like Beck embracing current influences or trends of course, there's plenty of evidence out there to suggest that it could have worked well enough, only here it sounds far too much like MGMT and Taylor Swift had an unwanted lovechild...then said baby was unceremoniously dumped from the nearest balcony, thwacking his poor little head against every single branch of the stupid tree on the long way down to terra firma. The result is an experiment beyond all right-minded comprehension; it’s appeal confounding, it’s execution utterly bewildering. For sure this release can be labelled a genuine mystery, but thankfully the sort that can be solved with the simple flick of a stop button. For those with a stronger constitution and determined to sample all that the world has to offer, however atrocious, maestro let the music play on...

So where exactly do things start going awry on ‘Colors’" For starters, look no further than Mr Hansen’s vocals; this man patently doesn’t have a voice for energetic pop or pristine radio friendly ballad crooning. That’s all too clear to anyone possessed of two functioning ears (actually, even one working ear would probably suffice). His cheesy, uber-bland multi-tracked delivery on a song like ‘Fix Me’ is feeble and distressing to witness; his mismatched straight pop delivery on the title track or ‘Seventh Heaven’ are so much worse, woefully misjudged and bordering on witless. The song writing fares little better with Beck showing absolutely zero instinct for composing those all-important ginuwine honest to God pop hooks. Someone forgot to tell Sir that this is a totally different game to indie folk, or the eclectic styles he perfected on albums like ‘Odelay’ or 'Midnite Vultures'. No, without either his signature quirks or that more traditional genre indie folk compositional framework he’s soon floundering; it's my somber duty to inform you that not a single song here is in any way memorable, at least not in any sort of favourable way, and certainly not enough to be a pop hit.

I could continue listing the many failings of this release, providing evidence of how this man's entire artistic personality appears to have been whitewashed, or how his way with a witty line and unique sense of humour have both deserted him. I won’t do this though, it feels uncharitable to extend this post mortem beyond what is strictly necessary to impart the level of my dissatisfaction, especially for an artist of such pedigree who's proven himself countless times in the past. Perhaps this is the curse of being a born chameleon, you're always destined to turn an unappealing shade of technicolour vomit at one point or another in your lifespan, you just have to keep on moving and hope it's not a colour you settle on for long.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ArsMoriendi
October 13th 2017


22046 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Fuck off.

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DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2017


16471 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5 | Sound Off

Still not sure whether I'm 'laughing with' or 'laughing at' this review

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SandwichBubble
October 13th 2017


4817 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"M83 Hurry Up, We're Creaming"



can't wait to 2 this

why wait, I'll listen to this right now

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SowingSeason
Moderator
October 13th 2017


25036 Comments


This can't possibly be that bad

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onionbubs
October 13th 2017


6806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

only like a handful of his songs but there's no way this is that bad

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ArsMoriendi
October 13th 2017


22046 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This entire review reads like you'e never listened to Guero lmao. This album is honestly reminds me of a poppy more modern spin on the atmosphere Guero had





Also, no mention of the t/t or Dear Life? Both of those songs are fantastic



Sure Fix Me and Dreams are meh, but eh

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2017


16471 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5 | Sound Off

Whole album is terrible, yeah I only spun Guero once

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2017


5706 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Pretty shite artist anyway.. so I gather I should skip this, Doof?

ArsMoriendi
October 13th 2017


22046 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This entire thread is going to piss me off, isn't it?

kris.
October 13th 2017


14637 Comments


oh no i've entered hot take valley haven't i

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2017


19702 Comments


Beck is cool but havent checked all of his stuff yet. .5 review tho whew

TVC15
October 13th 2017


8818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Beck is overrated but lmfao that rating

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theBoneyKing
October 13th 2017


12949 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Does Doof love the 0.5 or does the 0.5 love Doof?

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2017


19702 Comments


yes.

Bloon
October 13th 2017


881 Comments


I smell hyperbole...

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DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2017


16471 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5 | Sound Off

lmfao at the album way ahead of the 0.5 rating

ArsMoriendi
October 13th 2017


22046 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

The album is catchy (albeit trendy sounding) pop rock, which makes me feel like the worst you could feel about it is boredom.



I honestly don't see anything to "hate" about it, especially if you're not a disappointed Beck fan

glorybox94
October 13th 2017


790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

=disappointment

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2017


16813 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

I didn’t anticipate this being that controversial, half his albums are pretty pop-oriented

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2017


19702 Comments


u reviewing this as well Talons?



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