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on 8 June 2017
Classic chill out album
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on 31 January 2016
One of Beck's greatest works, and a well deserved Grammy, whatever brainless twats like Kanye West may have to say. I do think that Beck's outstanding cover of Bowie's Sound and Vision is one of the best compositions of modern music and if I could find a way to buy it I'dpay anything I could, but this album is soft and stunningly beautiful.
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There is a cottage industry in the terms of the music business, which has tried to accurately pin down the LA maverick Beck Hanson over the past decades. His chameleon like tendencies that can take his music from hip hop sampling to stoner rock, from lo-fi folk to alt country have long delighted critics playing the game of musical sleuth. What is interesting however is that while his most critically lauded album is the eclectic wonder “Odelay” released in 1996, if you go to Amazon you will note that it is the 2002 masterpiece “Sea Change” which gets the “public vote” with double the amount of reviews.
 
This should not surprise us. Beck released “Sea Change” as a classic break up album and packed it with great songs often in the tradition of Nick Drake. With the release of this superb new album “Morning Phase” he has profitably returned to plough this furrow and produced an album every bit its equal.  With essentially the same band that played on “Sea Change” this record is a more mature older brother. Beck himself has admitted that he has located this album “coming from the tradition of  "California music" and said, "I'm hearing the Byrds, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Gram Parsons, Neil Young”. Throw in some British Folk and you will accurately pin this album down.
 
The songs are stunners.  The big ballad “Morning” sounds like Pink Floyd playing country, while the sumptuous “Heart is a Drum” again reprises Nick Drake influences to excellent effect. The song “Blue Moon” has been well trailed in advance of full release and is a beautiful free flowing track with a Lindsay Buckingham tinge. On it Beck talks about being tired of being alone and how he has been “cut down to size/So I can fit inside/The lies that will divide us both in time”. Despite these lyrics “Morning Phase” is a much more uplifting and less introspective album than “Sea Change” There are lush strings based songs such as the haunting “Wave”, these contrast with the acoustic folk of the standout “Turn Away” which sees Beck venture into Paul Simon territory. Beck’s confidence throughout the album is brimming not least on the brilliant pop of “Blackbird Chain” and the “Harvest” like strum of “Country Down”. The albums big closer “Waking Light” swells with sensuous ease drawing down the curtain on a totally gripping and immersive album.
 
“Morning Phase” is the first new music release that Beck has released in five and half years. It is a record, which he admits he has gradually polished and finessed over the past five years which have also included a spell of illness. As he states about the songs “I found the ones that fit together the best, and then I worked on building it, stripping it back, rewriting it and just kept going until I felt like it was getting better and better." Than heavens he persevered. Beck was once described as “A Dylan In Slacker's Clothing” yet “Morning Phase” shows him refining his art, working like a Trojan and fully delivering the goods.
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on 24 December 2014
This was listed by some as 'Album of year' for 2014. After repeated listens, can't really disagree. This album is like a whole collection of songs inspired by the Velvet Underground's 'Sunday Morning' (Is that where the title track came from?). Sombre, melancholy, dreamy, intelligent, musical and memorable.
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on 6 June 2015
I have never been a fan of beck's music...But heard this on You Tube and bought it straight away. There are numerous musical influences in there - and so while it feels new and modern, it also has a teasing sense and mood of retro bout it. I do recommend this album wholeheartedly.. :O)
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on 17 April 2015
Fantastic as ever...love this guy he can do no wrong !!
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on 15 August 2014
Dreamy sort of album.All songs blend into each other.
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on 18 March 2016
Atmospheric and lovely acoustic performances. I am not sure that Beck has moved on much with this album, but there are a few great tracks on this album. More of the same with the usual high standard of studio production.
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on 14 April 2014
its hit or miss with vinyl, never really know if its going to be of a high production quality on the vinyl version (which is the whole point of vinyl isnt it!) and this one is definitely a HIT. sound stage is huge, recorded beautifully, such a pleasure to listen to.

you also get a downloadable version of the vinyl album - not just a digital rip from the CD version. its actually recorded from the vinyl version - you can hear the needle drop if you pay attention! really fantastic bonus I wasn't expecting.

the content (music) is also brilliant IMO, but won't repeat others views on the content.
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on 12 March 2015
Beck is a genius!This is beautiful...buy it!
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