A lush, smooth, eclectic mix with some heartache thrown in

Beck's latest--a collaboration with the likes of Pharell Williams, Cole M.G.N. and Greg Kurstin--has the alt-pop icon taking us on a sonic synth-pop tour from Delta slide guitar to Auto-Tune with wide-ranging, often heartaching themes captured in titles such as "Die Waiting" and "Dark Places." "Saw Lightning" provides a lovely glimmer of hope.