REVIEW: Beck - Colors - 3.5 stars

BECK has never been an artist to settle for the predictable.

Throughout the ‘90s and 2000s the American shape-shifter has constantly augmented his sound from alternative rock, hip-hop, folk and funk, which has produced era-defining hits like Loser, Devils Haircut and Sexx Laws.

Beck’s last record, 2014’s Morning Phase, claimed three Grammys, including album of the year, for its haunting collection of introspective folk.

On Colors Beck Hansen has taken another dramatic U-turn. WhileMorning Phase was melancholic, Colors is predominantly euphoric.

For the first time in over a decade Beck wants his audience dancing and partying. The opening self-titled track breaks out with an ‘80s hip-hop beat that’s undeniably infectious, while No Distraction is a funky slice of pop, propelled by an angular guitar riff.

The piano-driven Dear Life is the closest Beck sounds to reliving his 1999 album Midnite Vultures.

Beck - Up All Night

The album was written and recorded sporadically between 2013 and 2017 with producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Liam Gallagher) and several tracks like the funky Dreams and Wow, which is built around a dub-step beat and a series of samples, have previously been released.  

Colors, like its name suggests, is an explosion of dance beats, synths and guitar all wrapped together with a summery falsetto to guarantee bouncing festival crowds.

However, it does lack the emotion of Morning PhaseColors will make the 47-year-old cool again with the kids, but it fails to deliver the beauty of his best work – Odelay, Sea Change and Morning Phase.