Nice to see this week that after an extraordinarily long gestation period Beck’s new album Colors will come alive next month. An early listen to the 10 songs suggests that the long wait since his Grammy-winning previous outing, the sumptuous Morning Phase, was worth it. The new album, which the Los Angeles-based singer was working on before Morning Phase was released in February 2014, is a sharp change of pace from the exquisite, soul-searching balladry of its predecessor. Co-produced by Beck and Greg Kurstin at the latter’s Los Angeles studio, several songs, such as Dreams, Wow and Up All Night have already been released, with the latest, the deliciously poppy Dear Life, appearing this week. The album has been delayed a few times. It was scheduled to appear a year ago, but no date was announced and the singer would say only that it was due “in a few months”. The new release date is October 13. Meanwhile Beck hits the road in the US tomorrow, supporting U2 on its run of shows performing The Joshua Tree. No word yet on when we’ll see him — or indeed U2 — down here.
Beck took his time with new album