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Beck has traveled light years from being pegged as a reluctant generational spokesperson when “Loser” metamorphosed from a rejected demo to a ubiquitous smash. Instead he wound up crystallizing much of the post-modern ruckus of the ‘90s alternative explosion, but in his own unpredictable manner: Beck's singular career has been one that's seen him utilize all manners ... Read more in Amazon's Beck Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00HHYEOY0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cycle
2. Morning
3. Heart Is A Drum
4. Say Goodbye
5. Blue Moon
6. Unforgiven
7. Wave
8. Don't Let It Go
9. Blackbird Chain
10. Phase
11. Turn Away
12. Country Down
13. Waking Light

Product Description

Introspective 2014 album, reminiscent of Beck's 2002 classic Sea Change, with many of the same musicians backing him once again. Includes singles "Blue Moon" and "Waking Light".

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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2014
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I've had a rather on-off relationship with Beck over the years. His chameleon-like musical abilities mean that somebody unfamiliar with his work could listen to two albums back to back and not even realise that they were listening to the same artist. This means that the prospect of a new Beck album doesn't necessarily fill me with excitement; I have enjoyed plenty of his releases, but I've also positively disliked a couple of his efforts too. One of his most distinctive pieces of work is his 2002 album, "Sea Change", produced by Nigel Godrich, which, up until this point, stood alone as arguably his best record (the hugely creative "Odelay" being the other contender) with a dreamy, expansive, acoustic, shimmering character. Now, with "Morning Phase", his first album in six years, he has released a self-produced record every bit the equal of "Sea Change", the album that many fans consider to be his masterpiece. It wouldn't be inaccurate to describe this as a follow-up album to "Sea Change", such is the similarity between the two bodies of work, but "Morning Phase", importantly, still has a character of its very own and, although it doesn't have advantage of the element of surprise which made its older sibling such a beautifully refreshing listen, it is probably the better album.

There are echoes of Nick Drake, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel ("Turn Away", especially) and all of the hallmarks of the late sixties/early seventies folk greats in abundance on this album. I wouldn't want you to think that you were going to hear something stripped down and entirely folk, though, there is definitely something rather sumptuous and grand about "Morning Phase", an impressive vision throughout the set that takes the compositions to a higher level than any simply defined genre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Gambell on 25 Jun. 2014
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This is the best new album I have bought in many a years and has been added to "hair on the back of the neck" discs, It is beautifully written. I had not listened to or had any interest in Beck since Odelay...This new collection of poems was recommended by a work colleague who has similar tastes, Neil Young, Love, Bob Dylan etc, We were talking about Nick Drake at the time and he said have you heard? So I took a punt and it is now on all of my devices, the disc is in the car. The track "Heart is a Drum" has somehow managed to lift me out of a low period I have been through....The power of good music amazes me. I am grateful that the likes of Beck are able to put into words and melody how I feel,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. P. Williams on 5 May 2014
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The time-faded cover hints at something a little more introspective and 'old skool'- a bit like a chilled-out version of the addictive Sea Change, this fine album has many moments that similarly really seep into your brain and remain lodged. I've been running the tunes around in my head all day for a week, it's musical heroin from a musical hero! Blackbird Chain, Waking Light are absolutely classic cuts. One little mini-masterpiece is the instrumental Phase- very short, emotive... hard to believe something so brief can be so affecting. Wave is haunting, Blue Moon lovely... such quality is rare. I hope you'd agree!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jumping Jesus on 6 Mar. 2014
Format: Vinyl
Here it is. Six years or so of waiting. The long-awaited follow up to Modern Guilt, Morning Phase is billed as a companion piece to Sea Change. The connection between this album and it's 2002 predecessor is obvious from the outset.
The string intro 'Cycle' reminiscent of 'Lonesome Tears', then 'Morning' which has echoes of 'The Golden Age'. 'Heart Is A Drum' reminds me, like several moments on this album of the Pink Floyd of Obscured By Clouds / Meddle era, and this is my overriding feeling, listening to Morning Phase, more so than the Sea Change comparison. It is a more uplifting listen than Sea Change.
'Say Goodbye' with its crisp acoustic guitar and banjo has a Neil Young vibe followed by the first song which was trailed ahead of the album release, the heartfelt single 'Blue Moon' which gives way to the slower tempo of 'Unforgiven'
A striking aspect of this record is the production. It sounds like a Nigel Godrich production, with whom Beck has worked on some of his finest albums. It is clear that he has learned a lot during their collaborations and appears to have now matched him in terms of lending his music drama and atmosphere. 'Wave' has plenty of both. Beck's father, David arranges here the string section which has real gravitas. It is a stand-out song on a stand-out album and it's strings remind me a little of some of the darker arrangements from 'The Wall', and another Floyd comparison.
'Dont Let It Go' to me is evocative of the Ryan Adams of Heartbreaker era but with haunting vocal harmonies which have a 'Runners Dial Zero' flavour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bryan on 18 April 2015
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Have loved beck for a while, from his earlier play loud and party music to his painfully beautiful sea change which for me he will never top.morning phase sees him back on the aucustic guitar and has been dubbed sea change part two and you can here some similarities even the second track morning begins with the same chords as the golden age however I feel morning phase loses a lot of the refreshing surprise that I was hit with when I listened to sea change.its like an album that sounds very pretty and very well produced but the feeling has gone, I'm not saying it's a bad album far from it ,there are some good songs but more in the way to listen to while doing the house work as apposed to been engrossed with it so buy sea change and modern guilt is my advice
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