This month, we’re featuring “Colors” by Beck.
“Beck has his own unique style, yet he’s also an amalgam of many different styles of music dating back decades. He borrows and samples bits and pieces of many genres of music here and blends them to suit his whims. In a lesser artist’s hands, this could sound like a cheap copy of a genre or an artist, but somehow, when Beck does it, the result is fresh and usually entertaining. Colors is instantly listenable, unlike some of his previous efforts, yet it gives the impression that it will reward many repeated listens with its complexity.” — Tom King, Seattle showroom
Much like its title, “Colors” is a fun, foot-tapping take on the modern pop era, circa 2010. Colors, Beck’s 13thalbum, gives a nod to the infamous pop artists who came before him, without sounding like a lesser parody of their work. Rolling Stone compared the music hall piano in the track “Dear Life” to a mixture of the Beatles and indie-folk singer and musician Elliot Smith — and the snarling cord changes on “I’m So Free” to Nirvana. Despite its music influences, Colors still feels very fresh and current.
To create a sound that acknowledges pop culture history and new age funk, Beck collaborated with Greg Kurstin, who helped produce the song “Hello” with popstar Adele. Beck and Kurstin have a long-standing history, as Kurstin was the keyboardist on Beck’s 2002 Sea Changetour.
Prior to “Colors,” Beck has enjoyed a 25-year music career, rising to fame through hits that blended hip-hop and folk-rock, such as “Loser” and “Where It’s At.” Colors, however, is unmistakably pop. It’s the kind of album you want to listen to while driving in a convertible down Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway, with your hair blown back and your hands drumming on the steering wheel. Wherever you choose to listen to it though, you’ll want to do so over and over again.
The Track You Won’t Want To Miss:
Tom’s favorite track on the album is “No Distraction,” due to its sheer catchiness. In interviews with the press, Beck delved deeper into the song’s meaning — our phones and computers are constantly pulling us away from the present moment. This song is a great reminder of how important it is to unplug from technology, in order to connect back to ourselves and each other.
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