AOTY 2019

Hyperspace

Beck - Hyperspace
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2019 Ratings: #472 / 604
User Score
Based on 179 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1047
November 22, 2019 / Release Date
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Capitol / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
DIY

That Beck should choose to magpie from pop’s zeitgeist is no shocker - nor, of course, is it that he’s done it so well - but that ‘Hyperspace’ is quite so seamless in its execution is an utter joy.

80
NME

Beck takes on a new cosmic identity with aplomb, roping in Pharrell to achieve pop minimalism that proves there's no sound he can't excel at.

75
Northern Transmissions

Mixing just enough of the familiar and the unexpected, defying expectations of a Pharrell collaboration, Hyperspace manages to stand out among Beck’s diverse and tenured discography.

70
FLOOD Magazine

It is a Beck album that’s distinguished from the ones that came before it, and at every turn it evinces a singer, songwriter, and record-maker who’s unerring in his craft.

70
Exclaim!

It's a beautifully understated album with subtleties that reveal themselves on repeat listens.

70
AllMusic

Beck never lingers upon either his melancholy or his celestial flights of fantasy: they exist simultaneously, resulting in a tremulous and pretty soundtrack for moments of fleeting introspection.

67
Consequence of Sound

Although Hyperspace can be dull at certain moments, Beck has discovered a new songwriting style that’s conducive to his adventurous tendencies.

65
Under The Radar

Beck's postmodern plea, like the music itself, isn't compelling, as though he couldn't care whether you listen to him or not. Instead, he shrugs and floats on, searching for a new place to land.

60
The Independent

While these are enjoyable enough tracks to soundtrack your day, there’s little of the lasting emotion or progression for which we know Beck.

60
The Guardian

The whole album, with its dabbling through styles makes it sound like walking through a mid-market clothes shop on a Saturday afternoon. It’s just about enough to keep you browsing, but never enough to inspire.

30
Loud and Quiet

Worst of all, the element of surprise within past glories, and his joyful surrender to incoherence, has long waned into mediocrity that’s much too keen to please.

Inglume
48
Kinda pains me to say that this is probably the most interesting record Beck's put out this decade.

Most people probably know him today as either "the Odelay guy" or the short blonde dude that almost got pissed on by Kanye at the GRAMMYs. Generally, Beck isn't an interesting figure. He's just...there, inoffensive, yet forgettable. Like a generic cup of coffee in the morning, you may not ever acknowledge its existence.

Hyperspace sees Beck continuing down the road of pop appeal he ... read more
WhatTheFunk
42
HyperspazzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzz

It's rather sad to think that with this new album, we can say that "Colors" is no longer Beck's worst album.

It seems that since his victory at the Grammy Awards with "Morning Phase" (which I will have to listen to one day), Beck seems to want to look for a new audience by going to a more pop sound. So two years ago, he tried the test and failed by releasing a very conventional, very too smooth and very cheesy album that still had some nice songs ... read more
MariellyAkarius
29
Beck released his most boring and lifeless album since he was an independent artist (most specifically I’m talking bout Golden Feelings in the 90s, his worst album). Hyperspace sounds like a parody of beck discography and not beck himself here, a lot of airy synths and generic beats that makes the experience even more lazy and dull, the songs sounds like the same song on repeat. from someone that released one of the best breakup albums of this millennium... this breakup album is pale and ... read more
Doofy
NR
Is that the '80s retro pop' bandwagon parked behind Mr Beck?
dumbmoonlight
70
Is it weird to say none of this seems like the usual Beck... At all? This sounds ridiculous, especially while reading my opinion in general and checking my rating, but something about this man BOTHERING to adapt his style voluntarily makes "Hyperspace" so charming. Actually, I recently had an argument about artists changing their music style. In k-pop, artists aren't always so fortunate of being able to choose what they'll be performing, and with the pressure of heavy social ... read more
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Track List

  1. Hyperlife
  2. Uneventful Days
  3. Saw Lightning
  4. Die Waiting
  5. Chemical
  6. See Through
  7. Hyperspace
  8. Stratosphere
  9. Dark Places
  10. Everlasting Nothing
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