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Amer­i­can singer/song­writer Beck con­tin­ues to shape shift in his new al­bum Col­ors

For nearly 25 years, singer­song­writer Beck has been keep­ing himself open to change, veer­ing among mu­si­cal styles — from the junk­yard hip-hop of Loser to the swing­ing soul-funk of Sexx Laws to the crisp

60s rock of Gamma Ray — with the dogged cu­rios­ity of some­one con­vinced his next dis­cov­ery could be his best.

Now, the 47-yearold has un­der­taken what might be his most sur­pris­ing shift yet. As the fol­low-up to 2014’s Morn­ing Phase — a lushly ar­ranged col­lec­tion of orches­tral folk tunes that won the Grammy Award for al­bum of the year — Beck teamed with pro­ducer and song­writer Greg Kurstin to cre­ate Col­ors, which trades moody, slow-mov­ing acous­tic gui­tars for ec­static pop melodies and slick dance beats.

Re­leased ear­lier this month, Col­ors also feels like an un­abashed stab at main­stream cur­rency by an artist who not long ago was reach­ing for some­thing more like time­less­ness. “I think we treated this al­bum like it was one that a lot of peo­ple would hope­fully like,” said Kurstin, known for his block­buster col­lab­o­ra­tions with Adele (Hello) and Kelly Clark­son (Stronger). “It seemed like it might not be too weird to get played on the ra­dio.”

In that re­gard the men have suc­ceeded, with two

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