Never one to want for inspiration or lack creativity over his last thirteen albums, Beck again comes from the leftfield with a break up album that is unusually bright and upbeat. The presence, on several tracks, of collaborator Pharrell Williams no doubt helps. Beck has routinely relied on developing strong relationships with his Producers, and that shows on ‘Hyperspace’ as the rhythmic foundation established by Pharrell’s credited tracks propel the record. The result is space for Beck’s introspective lyrics to breathe, creating a balance between moods. ‘Dark Places’ showcases this well, as darkly introspective lyrics join a soft, open melody to create a track that appears forward-looking rather than navel-gazing. ‘Hyperspace’ is a carefully crafted balancing act that is a credit to its storied creators. After so many albums, that’s a notable accomplishment.