by BeckBeck


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Time was ripe in 2017 for Beck to deliver a "fun" album, the kind of elastic, eclectic pop that was his calling card back in the '90s. The last time Beck truly cut loose was maybe 2006's The Information, which was lighter than either the coiled 2008 LP Modern Guilt or the slow, sepia-toned Morning Phase, which took home the Album of the Year Grammy in 2015. For all of its bustling beats and hooks, The Information carried a paranoiac undertone suiting the age of Total Information Awareness, a subtle political commentary that's utterly absent on the bright, shiny Colors. Recorded in conjunction with Greg Kurstin -- a producer best known for his work with Adele but he is also a member of the stylish retro-pop outfit the Bird and the Bee and has previously toured with Beck -- Colors celebrates its surface, eschewing the very notion that there can be something more to a good time than a party. Given the album's unusually long gestation period -- the recording began in 2013, with the first single "Dreams" arriving in 2015 and the album coming two years later -- perhaps it's a surprise that Colors isn't especially deep but, if that's so, it's also a surprise that the album doesn't seem particularly labored either. Certainly, Colors is busy, bustling with shifting textures and rhythms -- elements that are pushed to the forefront, with Beck's voice being another piece in the tapestry. This isn't to say Colors doesn't serve up hooks or melodies: in fact, that's all that it does, circling through exuberant dance-rock, new wave ballads, mock hip-hop, and candied pop. Unlike earlier Beck albums, Colors doesn't feel like a Whitman's Sampler, as he and Kurstin worked overtime to make sure this all sounds sleek and unified. While that might mean Colors doesn't offer the depth and intrigue of most Beck albums, it does mean it's a fun confection. It's a record that's designed to be nothing but a good time, and that indeed is all that it is.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2017
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602557176797
catalogNumber: 002716202
Rank: 17142

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beck   Primary Artist
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Concert Master
David Campbell   Conductor
Greg Kurstin   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Marimbas,Clavinet,Mellotron,fender rhodes
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Roger Manning   Background Vocals
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Ilan Rubin   Drums
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Songa Lee   Violin
Steve Richards   Cello
Feist   Vocals
Michele Richards   Violin
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Dwayne Moore   Bass
Beck Hansen   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Glockenspiel,Vocals,fender rhodes
Eric Byers   Cello
Geoffrey Osika   Bass

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Andrew Wyatt   Composer
Darrell Thorp   Engineer
John Hanes   Engineer
Steve Stacey   Artwork
Jesse Shatkin   Engineer
Jimmy Turrell   Artwork
Cassidy Turbin   Engineer
David Greenbaum   Engineer
Alex Pasco   Engineer
Peter Hapák   Cover Photo
Beck Hansen   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Artwork,String Arrangements
Cole M.G.N.   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Florian Lagatta   Engineer
Julian Burg   Engineer
Eliot Lee Hazel   Inside Photo

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