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 established with Colors. It's certainly not terrible and Beck does pull together a fairly formidable set of synth/electropop tracks that's better than most of what he tried with Colors. Hyperspace benefits from the Pharrell production. It sounds less washed out than some of Colors' worst moments. Once you make it past the first few really rough tracks, Hyperspace does calm itself down a fair bit with some pretty vivid psychedelic moments. You'll have to sit through a whole lot of nothing to get to the sweet fruit punch, but when Hyperspace is good, it's pretty damn gorgeous.
With that being said, there's just not enough variety in that sweet pop aesthetic Beck tried to go for. As a result, Hyperspace is pretty damn boring and flaccid, a lot more Hypo than Hyper, despite its attempts at recreating a trap, almost vaporwave sound. As dull as a photo album of stock images, as lifeless as a stash of expendable CDs at a bargain store, Hyperspace almost feels like a living embodiment of the "ok boomer" phrase. Why spend the time listening to an oldie try and recreate this generation's pop music when you could be listening to much better albums that helped inspire this in the first place?
Perhaps you're very unsure on whether to check this album out now. Here, I present you "The Saw Lightning Experiment"! If you like Saw Lightning, you might enjoy Hyperspace. If you dislike that song, don't expect it to be anything more than just a tasteless cup of coffee.
FAV TRACKS: Stratosphere, Star, Chemical
LEAST FAV TRACKS: See Through, Saw Lightning