Beck is known for creating musical collages of wide genre styles. Today, he musically encompasses folk, funk, soul, hip hop, electronic, alternative rock, country, and psychedelia
Beck is a versatile artist, one who enjoys experimenting with different musical styles one song is unlike the next. Beck is a chameleon, he is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of genres, and became known for creating musical collages of wide genre styles. Today, he musically encompasses folk, funk, soul, hip hop, electronic, alternative rock, country, and psychedelia. I recommend this album to anyone who is open minded anyone who has any preconceived notions on who Beck is as an artist, or expects the nostalgia of his “Loser” success will be disappointed. It is a more matured, and well-crafted and thought out piece of work and is a cornucopia of music with a little bit of something for everyone. One thread that doesn’t seem to change throughout the record is its tempo and mood it’s an upbeat symphony of happiness. Colors, definitely has more of a dance, pop feel but it also has a unique twist that makes the songs stand out. There a few awesome songs on the album that you will find yourself singing throughout the day like “Dreams” “Dear Life” “I’m So Free” and “Up All Night”.
“Dreams”, features Beck’s high-pitched, Raspy voice, a country riff, lots of drums and wonderful pumping bass line and is reminiscent of the music of the 60’s and 70’s. The album version of “Dreams” differs from the single released because it is the censored version of the song. The song gives you a good excuse to get up out of your seat and dance. IN contrast, “Dear Life” slows things down a bit and is a bit more subdued and has more of a contemplative, reflective, tone to it. It’s heavier in nature, a tender ballad, featuring an opening piano intro and enough of a groove to keep it firmly anchored in the album’s sound. Beck, not only plays with various musical genres and styles on this album, but various musical eras as well. With “I’m So Free” Beck goes back to the seventies.
“I’m So Free” is an up-tempo, disco inspired tune where the drums and bass guitar are rich and plentiful. The song comes complete with a rocking choruses and poppy verses. The song is entertaining but also all over the place at times but Beck is not afraid to take risks with his music. Continuing with the 70’s disco-inspired theme is “Up All Night”.
“Up All Night” is one of the most refreshing songs on the album, with many layers. From Prince to MGMT, there’s plenty of old and new ingredients on full display here entwined with the sounds on the drums, keyboard and guitar.
Colors is an upbeat record that shows the ability of Beck to change the musical styles so easily between albums. In typical fashion, he’s released his most upbeat and funky album to date. Colors includes a variety of styles making the album hard to categorize. The album definitely has more dance energy, his other recent albums. The songs are strong, the songwriting is melodically challenging, the only criticism of this album is stylistically it could be a little bit more diverse and in general it does suffer from the tendency to be over-produced and generic in it’s sound.