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Album number thirteen from the art pop singer-songwriter co-produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Ellie Goulding, Pink, the Shins)

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  1. 8.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Once again cements Beck as a clever, ever-dynamic and enduring artist
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  2. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Clichés are clichés for a reason. And in the right hands, the everyday can feel utterly fresh and essential all over again. Which is exactly what happens here
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  3. 8.0 |   DIY

    An absolute treat from beginning to end
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    ‘Colors’ is by far Beck’s most upbeat and enjoyable record from front to back since the ’90s
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  5. 8.0 |   Q

    It’s a blast of sunshine to keep us going through the winter. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Quirky collection that serves as a timely reminder of just how versatile an artist Beck really is
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  7. 7.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A varied and blissful pop album that finds joy in our times, and Beck expectedly makes it interesting and vibrant to experience
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  8. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    If you've missed Beck the musical collage artist, Colors is the one that should bring you back
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  9. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Colors is solid—Beck doesn’t make bad records, whatever mode he’s in—and it flirts with greatness, but he’s at his best when he decides to either get loose or get serious, less so when he drives straight down the center
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  10. 7.0 |   All Music

    It's a record that's designed to be nothing but a good time, and that indeed is all that it is
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  11. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    A breezy, tightly composed party-starter of a record that doesn't demand much of the listener, but gives back generously
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  12. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Not perfect, but it is a joyful, engaging listen, a perfect first step in the “I no longer have anything to prove” phase of Beck’s illustrious career
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  13. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Beck’s most plainly listenable record in years
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  14. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    His most overtly pop record, one filled with sunshine and sadness, but feels connected to little more than a good idea
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  15. 6.0 |   The 405

    It does sound like the artist has done maybe too much research before launching into a record that will no doubt win the favour of a more mainstream audience
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  16. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A musical invitation to a soiree that ultimately lacks both substance and staying power
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  17. 6.0 |   The Observer

    A loose-limbed hymn to hedonistic pop
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  18. 6.0 |   Clash

    It’s hard to ever imagine ‘Colors’ ever being in anyone’s top five favourite Beck albums
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  19. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    After the wave of melancholy that engulfed 2014’s Grammy award-winning Morning Phase – created after a traumatic spinal injury – he has returned robust and emboldened
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  20. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Ultimately there's just too much going on to create a simple, happy mood
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  21. 6.0 |   American Songwriter

    How seriously you take it doesn’t diminish the music’s goofy appeal or Beck’s perhaps tongue-in-cheek feel good approach
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  22. 6.0 |   The Music

    Colors' unfortunately falls short of expectation
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  23. 6.0 |   Mojo

    A messy vibrant record. Print edition only

  24. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A bizarre experience for any previous fan of Beck, whose enjoyment of this record will be determined whether they can get over this jarringly "mainstream" record
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  25. 5.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Colors is like diet Beck
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  26. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    In giving no concrete shape to genuine obstacles that he feels he’s had to overcome, Beck fails to give his euphoric, outsized sense of liberation much emotional heft
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  27. 5.0 |   Earbuddy

    The album’s songs sound like everything you’ve heard on the radio in the past three years
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  28. 4.0 |   The FT

    A disappointingly synthetic swerve into brightness
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  29. 3.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Holds status as the most truly perplexing move from the artist to date. Unfortunately, the result of that move is borderline unlistenable
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  30. 3.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Sometimes, even the most fascinating weirdos get to a point of boredom
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