CD: Beck - Colors The Californian experimental-rock genius goes pop

From The Arts Desk Colors, the follow-up to Beck's meditative masterpiece Morning Phase, couldn't come as more of a contrast. It's a glossy, high-energy LP designed to make you dance, not think. The inspiration came partly from Pharrell Williams's mega-hit "Happy". When Beck heard it, in 2013, he was blown away by how exuberant it sounded. It made him wonder if he could write something with the same feel-good factor. For four long years, Beck has been working on the formula. The result is not merely a cheery album, it's a studiously cheery album, full of choppy guitars, smooth synths and complex drums. All instruments were played by Beck and his friend Greg Kurstin, who also shared some of t

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, O2 Arena review - intimate emotional release An exhilarating evening wi

From The Arts Desk Monday, 02 October 2017 Nick Cave walked onto a simple black stage and quietly perched on a stool. He took a deep breath and launched into "Anthrocene". "This sweet world is so much older," he sang with arms outstretched. His huge baritone voice travelled across the arena as if he'd been playing them for years. In fact, this is his first stadium tour. It's a move that's partly been prompted by Cave's ever-increasing profile as an artist. One imagines it's also because of a fundamental change that's happened in him as a person. The reason for that change is well known. A catastrophic event occurred during the recording of 2016's Skeleton Tree, which this tour promotes: Cave

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