Hyperspace (album)

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Hyperspace
Beck - Hyperspace.png
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 22, 2019
Length39:16
LabelCapitol
Producer
Beck chronology
Colors
(2017)
Hyperspace
(2019)
Singles from Hyperspace
  1. "Saw Lightning"
    Released: April 15, 2019[1]
  2. "Uneventful Days"
    Released: October 17, 2019[2]
  3. "Dark Places"
    Released: November 7, 2019
  4. "Everlasting Nothing"
    Released: November 14, 2019

Hyperspace is the fourteenth studio album by American musician Beck. It was released through Capitol Records on November 22, 2019.[3] The album was primarily produced by Beck and Pharrell Williams,[4] as well as Cole M.G.N., Greg Kurstin and Paul Epworth. It was preceded by the release of the lead single "Saw Lightning" on April 15, 2019,[1] the track "Hyperlife", as well as the second single "Uneventful Days" on October 17, 2019,[4] and the third single "Dark Places" on November 7, 2019.

Background[edit]

Beck stated that he "had a few things" after concluding the tour for Colors, and "wanted to seize the moment" by working on his own project with Williams after Williams had asked Beck to work on a N.E.R.D album, also revealing that their collaboration was initially "going to be a single or an EP, but I think we were both surprised when there was a body of work here".[4]

On October 10, 2019, Beck posted the album cover on Instagram, which features the title in katakana (ハイパースペース, Haipāsupēsu).[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.8/10[6]
Metacritic77/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[8]
Consequence of SoundB−[9]
Exclaim!7/10[10]
The Guardian3/5 stars[11]
The Independent3/5 stars[12]
NME4/5 stars[13]
Paste6.7/10[14]
Pitchfork6.5/10[15]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[16]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[17]

Hyperspace received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 77 based on 19 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7] Variety writer A. D. Amorosi wrote that "Beck and Pharrell Williams find new life in minimalist, cosmopolitan synth-pop" on the album, surmising that "the hard-to-hold hooks and spaciousness of 'Hyperspace' are what makes it so intriguing".[18]

Track listing[edit]

All credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Hyperlife"
  • Williams
  • Hansen
1:36
2."Uneventful Days"
  • Hansen
  • Williams
  • Williams
  • Hansen
3:17
3."Saw Lightning"
  • Hansen
  • Williams
  • Williams
  • Hansen
4:01
4."Die Waiting" (with Sky Ferreira)
  • Hansen
  • Cole M.G.N.
4:04
5."Chemical"
  • Hansen
  • Williams
  • Williams
  • Hansen
4:18
6."See Through"
  • Kurstin
  • Hansen
3:38
7."Hyperspace" (with Terrell Hines)
  • Hansen
  • Williams
  • Terrell Hines
  • Williams
  • Hansen
2:45
8."Stratosphere"HansenHansen3:57
9."Dark Places"
  • Hansen
  • Williams
  • Williams
  • Hansen
3:45
10."Star"
  • Epworth
  • Hansen
2:50
11."Everlasting Nothing"
  • Hansen
  • Williams
  • Williams
  • Hansen
4:59
Total length:39:16

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 33
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 31
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[21] 79
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[22] 48
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[23] 61
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[24] 46
French Albums (SNEP)[25] 145
Irish Albums (IRMA)[26] 57
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[27] 20
Scottish Albums (OCC)[28] 22
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 33
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 33
US Billboard 200[31] 40

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kreps, Daniel (April 15, 2019). "Hear Beck's New Single 'Saw Lightning,' Co-Written By Pharrell Williams". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "Beck Shares 'Uneventful Days' Video". JamBase. October 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Minsker, Evan (April 15, 2019). "Beck Announces New Album Hyperspace, Shares Song With Pharrell: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Gwee, Karen (October 17, 2019). "Beck tells us about his new album, 'Hyperspace', working with "master minimalist" Pharrell and more". NME. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  5. ^ Gregory, Allie (October 10, 2019). "Beck Teases 'Hyperspace' Album in Cryptic Instagram Post". Exclaim!. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Hyperspace by Beck reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Hyperspace by Beck Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Hyperspace – Beck". AllMusic. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  9. ^ Sharples, Grant (November 19, 2019). "Beck Blends Past and Present Alike on Hyperspace". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  10. ^ Hudson, Alex (November 19, 2019). "Beck Hyperspace". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  11. ^ Hann, Michael (November 22, 2019). "Beck: Hyperspace review – Pharrell collaboration never achieves lift-off". The Guardian. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  12. ^ Bray, Elisa; O'Connor, Roisin (November 14, 2019). "Album reviews: Beck – Hyperspace and Lady Antebellum – Ocean". The Independent. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  13. ^ Aubrey, Elizabeth (November 21, 2019). "Beck – 'Hyperspace' review: the superstar singer-songwriter enters a daring new era". NME. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  14. ^ Salmon, Ben (November 22, 2019). "On His 14th album, Beck Is Content to Float Through Hyperspace". Paste. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  15. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (November 3, 2019). "Beck: Hyperspace Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  16. ^ Fricke, David (November 26, 2019). "Beck's 'Hyperspace' is a Dark, Heavenly Pop Fantasy". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  17. ^ Rowin, Michael Joshua (November 21, 2019). "Review: Beck's Hyperspace Is As Lyrically Vague As It Is Sonically Minimal". Slant Magazine. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  18. ^ Amorosi, A. D. (November 22, 2019). "Album Review: Beck's 'Hyperspace'". Variety. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
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  22. ^ "Lennie's 'Dance' Butts Celine Into 2nd Place". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  23. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 201948 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  24. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Beck – Hyperspace" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  25. ^ "Top Albums (Week 48, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  26. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 29 November 2019". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  27. ^ "Oricon Top 50 Albums: 2019-12-02" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  28. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
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  30. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  31. ^ "Debuts on this week's #Billboard200 (1/2)". Billboard on Twitter. Retrieved December 3, 2019.