Beck - 'Colors'

8/10

Following on from a critically-acclaimed and Grammy award winning album would be a daunting task for most artists these days, but as we all know, Beck is hardly an amateur when it comes to reinventing himself. His 2014 full-length 'Sea Change' saw him take on the mantle of a stripped-back singer-songwriter, but now entering his thirteenth LP 'Colors', Beck is back to his older, more adventurous days.

Those that found themselves enjoying the single 'Dreams' when it dropped a few years ago will be the most inclined to give this record more than just one listen. Those super-slick, pop-rock productions form the basis of this new record and ultimately identify the direction of this new release. Mixing up a sense of modern production style but with some nods to the retro 90s rock sound, 'Colors' is a fun and competent release from a frontman that seems to do little wrong.

Most Beck fans may not know what to make of this new style, but considering the shape-shifting he has been doing for his entire 24 year career, it should come as no shock at all. There may be the odd duff track here and there, but overall, this is just Beck having fun, and it is definitely contagious.

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