Beck
Colors


2.5
average

Review

by BlownSpeakers USER (13 Reviews)
November 17th, 2017 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you like the background music in iPhone commercials then Beck's Colors is for you! And if not, well...yeah.

I’ve always regarded Beck as the David Bowie of my generation. Like Bowie, with each release Beck constantly changes his musical pursuits, genre hopping at a moment’s notice. Whether he’s balancing trash-can folk with hip hop, taking funk down its weirdest avenues, or offering tender moments of introspection with just an acoustic guitar, Beck’s releases have always promised something entirely unique. But on his latest record, Colors, he loses some of that ingenuity in the most predictable of ways: with a conventional pop record.

Colors was advertised to us a diverse collection of songs but 90 percent of the tracks are in the electro-pop territory. Funny enough, it’s the other 10 percent that deviate from the genre that are actually the best. “Wow” echoes some his freakier impulses of his late 90’s material (think “High Five (Rock The Catskills)” or “Nicotine and Gravy") while still remaining funky, and the piano driven “Dear Life” is a slice of life that will resonate with anyone that’s just trying to take it day by day.

Too bad the rest of the album isn’t as rewarding.

The problem isn’t the electro-pop genre itself, but that Beck fails to do anything new with it. The better songs like “Colors” and “I’m So Free” are good pieces of power pop that would do well on your next workout playlist, while the lesser efforts like “No Distraction” and “7th Heaven” sound like a mix of Phoenix and MGMT in all the worst ways. Even in the better moments on the album there’s this unshakable feeling that Beck could be swapped out at any moment with a Katy Perry type, and the effects wouldn’t be much different (Scary, right?).

It’s just so weird hearing such a conventional record from such an unconventional artist.

Perhaps we should look at the man behind the curtain, pop producer, Greg Kurstin. He’s had a lot of success producing for Adele, Pink, and Sia, but having such a heavy involvement in the writing process (having co-wrote all but 2 songs) hasn’t done Colors any favors. On a technical level, the mix is great. Compressed drums pop behind shimmering guitars and keys, while Beck’s vocals dance on the foundation. Still, the top-notch production can't save the songs that sound like background music for an iPhone commercial.

In my book, there’s two types of Beck fans. The ones that really dig the more subdued efforts of Sea Change and Morning Phase and then the others that adore the eclecticism of Odelay and Midnite Vultures. This record doesn’t really aim to please either of those fan bases, which is fine, but that doesn’t excuse it for being uninventive.



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Benjamin Kuettel STAFF (3.5)
“Now I’m far from the world in your seventh heaven.”...

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BlownSpeakers
November 17th 2017


103 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Is this record anyone's jam?

DoofusWainwright
November 17th 2017


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5 | Sound Off

You're even asking me brah?

ArsMoriendi
November 17th 2017


27704 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I still like it



Solid 3.5 (3.3 if I can be more specific) but it's obviously not his best

Digging: Dead Can Dance - Garden of the Arcane Delights

butcherboy
November 17th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

beck jam sits between bampot jam and blueberry jam in my jam dictionary..

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2017


19133 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

w o w

TVC15
November 17th 2017


10253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

WOW by Marilyn Manson>>> they practically have the same chorus too

Digging: Medicine - 5ive [Come Here to Drink Milk]

onionbubs
November 17th 2017


12111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I have this 3d but i cant remember a second of it

Digging: Counterparts - Nothing Left to Love

DoofusWainwright
November 17th 2017


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5 | Sound Off

^ That'll be a 1 rating

onionbubs
November 17th 2017


12111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i kinda liked it tho



gonna relisten and probably bump it down

DoofusWainwright
November 17th 2017


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5 | Sound Off

you can remember liking something that probably was this album, just don't question you on any specifics - got it ;D

onionbubs
November 17th 2017


12111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yea basically



um, the opener was okay iirc? I thought wow was pretty bad



I can probably remember specific melodies but i dont remember which song was what

IcelandRevel
November 17th 2017


943 Comments


I'm surprised you didn't say this album was "as fresh as Lil Peep's corpse".

BlownSpeakers
November 17th 2017


103 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ha, I wasn't feeling that spicy today.

BlownSpeakers
November 17th 2017


103 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I could understand people not liking "Wow" but I like Beck when he's at his weirdest.

sixdegrees
November 17th 2017


7580 Comments


i thought beck was essential doofcore damn

TVC15
November 17th 2017


10253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's quintessential Arscore but def not Doofcore

sixdegrees
November 17th 2017


7580 Comments


important distinction

DoofusWainwright
November 17th 2017


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5 | Sound Off

the most important in all sputdom I'd warrant



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