- Colors

Beck - Colors
CRITIC SCORE
68
Based on 23 reviews
2017 Rank: #460 / 572
USER SCORE
67
Based on
61 ratings

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87
Paste

As both a quintessential entry into his catalog and a striking entry into mainstream popular culture, Colors once again cements Beck as a clever, ever-dynamic and enduring artist.

85
Northern Transmissions
The depth and amazing songwriting comes in healthy doses on this release, despite the more simple pop skin it hides under.
83
Entertainment Weekly

As his first upbeat album in nearly a decade, Colors proves that Beck is still one of rock’s most intrepid inventors.

80
NME
As a collection of songs ... ‘Colors’ is by far Beck’s most upbeat and enjoyable record from front to back since the ’90s. Repeated listens will no doubt be rewarded.
80
DIY
‘Colors’ is Beck at his most exuberant, concocting weird, wonderful dancefloor fillers like a mad disco scientist. Good things come to those who wait.
80
Rolling Stone
It's a brilliant attempt to reckon with – and put his own stamp on – modern pop in the late 2010s. The result is his most straight-ahead fun album since the Nineties.
76
Sputnikmusic

Colors is a varied and blissful pop album that finds joy in our times, and Beck expectedly makes it interesting and vibrant to experience. He has decided to make something optimistic in the midst of so much unrest, and it succeeds in bringing a celebratory presence to a world that need it.

75
A.V. Club

Colors is solid—Beck doesn’t make bad records, whatever mode he’s in—and it flirts with greatness, but he’s at his best when he decides to either get loose or get serious, less so when he drives straight down the center.

75
Under The Radar

If you've missed Beck the musical collage artist, Colors is the one that should bring you back.

70
Loud and Quiet
Fans of Beck’s more experimental ventures might feel let down by ‘Colors’’s sheer poppiness, but for everybody else, it’s a very hard album to dislike.
70
AllMusic

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.

70
Exclaim!

Colors is a breezy, tightly composed party-starter of a record that doesn't demand much of the listener, but gives back generously.

67
Consequence of Sound

Colors is Beck’s most plainly listenable record in years, and it doesn’t sound like a pallid rehash of any other Beck album, which is a plus. It’s genuinely hard to tell what it’s aiming for ... but its just under 40 minutes go by more briskly than anything else he’s ever made, and you’ll look up about half the time to see what a track is called.

60
American Songwriter
At times this slick party vibe sounds like Hall & Oates at their least soulful, which is to say the music has an inevitability to it that initially feels fresh, but starts to wear thin when it’s clear the entire album is cut from the same glitzy cloth.
60
The Independent
All told, it’s pretty crowded territory, with too many jams.
60
The Guardian

By no means is this an average album. In fact, there is nothing moderate about it at all: Colors is extreme, featuring some of the best and worst songs that Beck has ever written.

60
Clash
There are plenty of hooks and the pace rarely relents, but it’s hard to ever imagine ‘Colors’ ever being in anyone’s top five favourite Beck albums.
50
Pretty Much Amazing

Colors is like diet Beck. It’s the Beck record no one listening to Odelay in ’96 would ever have believed existed. It’s the lemonade stand on the too hot day and the ice melts reducing the potency of the product.

50
Drowned in Sound

Whether Colors will be a success within the pop world it is clearly aimed at remains to be seen, but one suspects even pop fans will see through this for it appears to be: an album documenting a mid-life crisis.

50
Slant Magazine

Despite the incessant theme of freedom on Colors, Beck’s idiosyncrasies seem constrained by a desire for maximum accessibility.

30
Tiny Mix Tapes

The version of pop foregrounded on Colors is status-quo male pop with occasional musical tweaks and turns, but with an overarching affect of moderate joy. Nothing about Colors substantially provides evidence of disruption or exploration.

Oct 14, 2017
Bedstuy802
100
I gave this a 100. Its not a 100, but it sure as hell is a damn sight better than 69. Its a late career Beck album-- its enjoyable to listen to and has more high points than you might expect.
Oct 16, 2017
abdcorner
50
Fine, I guess.
Oct 15, 2017
Kokolores
75
Morning Phase was highly acclaimed, Colors is dropped by most of the reviewer. I don't get that. When I would have to choose between both of them I would easily go for Colors. May be I am open for it as Beck made Odelay.
Oct 14, 2017
SaulCLRadiohead
33
SAD.....................
Oct 14, 2017
Br
54
Pop music is disposable and boring and utterly forgettable. I'd give the link to my official review on the blog, but I can save you the time. It's not good, which is a first for Beck, but it's still really, REALLY not good.

Peace,
Br.
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October 13, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Capitol / Label
www.beck.com / Website
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Track List
  1. Colors
  2. Seventh Heaven
  3. I'm So Free
  4. Dear Life
  5. No Distraction
  6. Dreams
  7. Wow
  8. Up All Night
  9. Square One
  10. Fix Me
  11. Dreams
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Added on: August 11, 2017