BECK Colors ★★★★ Virgin EMI

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MUR­PHY

Some al­bums do ex­actly what they say on the tin. If Beck’s last al­bum, Morn­ing Phase, was a pre­dom­i­nantly som­bre af­fair,

Colors is one stuffed with songs that run the full spec­trum of the rain­bow. Th­ese are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed pop songs that in­sists upon you danc­ing – from the swag­ger­ing elec­tropop of the ti­tle track to the free­wheel­ing psych-rock of Dreams and the kitsch skit­ter of Up All Night. There’s zany hu­mour on his lyric sheet, too, best heard on the tongue-in-cheek Billy Joelmeet­sMGMT Dear Life and the fin­ger-snap­ping No Dis­trac­tion, while Fix Me neatly brings the track­list to a swoon-in­duc­ing con­clu­sion. The com­par­a­tively clunky Wow is the only real blun­der amid this quirky col­lec­tion that serves as a timely re­minder of just how ver­sa­tile an artist Beck re­ally is, 13 al­bums in.

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