Beck was working on Colors even before he released 2014's stripped-down Morning Phase. "I suppose the record could've come out a year or two ago," he says. "But I wanted to take the time to crystallize and distill everything." Produced by Greg Kurstin – who was Beck's touring keyboardist before he went on to produce hits for Adele and others – the result is relentlessly upbeat, full of glossy anthems like "Seventh Heaven" and the falsetto-steeped "Square One," where Beck sings about heartbreak as a chance to reset. "The best songs make you glad to be alive," he says.