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Morning Phase

BeckAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 25, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol (Universal)
  • ASIN: B00HHYEOY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"…one of his best: a tenderly stunning song cycle of languid, prairie-dusted psychedelia that recalls Beck's reflective 2002 classic, Sea Change" --David Fricke, ROLLING STONE

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Morning Phase is true to its title: the beginning of yet another amazing chapter in Beck's peerless career and catalogue. Featuring musicians who have backed him on many of his most acclaimed albums, as well as the current live shows widely hailed as the best of his career (Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Jason Falkner), Morning Phase harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of Beck's most classic ballads, all the while surging forward with undeniable optimism.

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82 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of the Genre Maestro February 25, 2014
Format:Audio CD
I’ve been a fan of Beck’s for a little while now. After listening to his 2005 album Guero, I got hooked and bought all his other albums and loved nearly all of them. Considering the Beck I’ve always loved is his alternative-folk-electro-grunge-rock (you know, whatever Beck is) identity, the hints about this album being more in a Sea Change direction instead of an Information or Guero direction kinda make me not as excited as I usually am for a Beck release. But…you’ll notice there’s more reviewing under this paragraph, so you can already guess how bad of an assumption that was.

No matter what type of music Beck approaches, he’s the only artist I’ve ever listened to who can take apart a genre, master it, and put it back together so seamlessly, yet so ‘Beck’. The absorption of this album parallels that attribute flawlessly, like being submerged in a musical pool of bliss. Even if you’re the kind of person who can’t listen to slower paced music, I’d feel bad for you not giving Morning Phase the opportunity to induce you into a symphonic, orchestral, melodic, and soul-moving coma that we all look for in music.

Some albums take a few listens to start clicking with you mentally and musically. Also, Sea Change isn’t my favorite Beck album, so from what others started to say about it being so similar to Morning Phase, I wasn’t expecting too much out of this album when it became available. About three songs into Morning Phase in the first listen, you couldn’t tear me away from the computer.

It’s a hard emotion to describe being so equally excited and powerfully relaxed at the same time, but I think Beck has a word for it in the Becktionary: Morning Phase. I can’t say anymore without taking away the excitement you’ll feel listening to Morning Phase the first time. No, Beck didn’t rise from under the radar with another Guero, he arose with something better. Awaken to the Morning Phase and see what I mean.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck - Making up for Lost Time February 25, 2014
Format:Vinyl
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”.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album in years March 1, 2014
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This is not only Beck's best album in years, but one of the best albums, period. Sonically dense, lush, beautiful. Beck is hearkening back to a time when the concept of the "album" actually meant something -- this is a collection of gorgeous songs that works even more powerfully as a unified whole.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oceans and Diamonds March 14, 2014
Format:Audio CD
When Beck released his masterstroke of moodiness, "Sea Change," it was lauded as a real downer of a break-up album...and one of his best. It's ground he's studiously avoided since - until now. Like that album's older and wiser brother, "Morning Phase" finds Beck picking up the acoustic guitar and moody atmospherics. It's not the cathartic bummer uplift that "Sea Change" was, but it is a darn good California folk-rock album.

In addition, you can also add Nick Drake, one of the few masters of the art of dark folk, as one of the influences. Beautifully ethereal and strong on melody, "Blackbird Chain" and "Blue Moon" fall into this realm, with "Blue Moon" starting off with a brooding ""I'm so tired of being alone, these penitent walls are all I've known." The choruses are layered with echoed spaciness, while Beck keeps trying to call his beloved back. The string heavy "Wave" (which he performed on SNL) leans heavily on atmospherics. Without the use of any percussion, it's just Beck's voice and plenty of sonic watercolors. It's really quite lovely, even as it's ending finds Beck crying "Isolation, isolation..."

"Morning Phase" shows just how much Beck can get away with. It took him six years from the lukewarm "Modern Guilt" to do the soul searching he's doing here. Like "Sea Change," the impact is not immediate, but it is one that sinks in and leaves a lasting impression. He's long moved beyond the hipster cache of "Loser" and can now find the beauty old fashioned sounds of banjos and ukeleles. It's a good thing, because after all these years and plenty of maturity, "Morning Phase," with all of its private mellow gold, shows that Beck is still capable of throwing a wonderful curve ball.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great album. I listen to it on vinyl and ...
This is a great album. I listen to it on vinyl and every part of this work, works. The audio quality, playing, song writing, singing, are all at a very high level. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Jonathan J. Sender
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck's Masterpiece
Morning Phase is in my opinion, the most mature sounding Beck record to date, while retaining much of the style and musicality of his true self. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Closer918
4.0 out of 5 stars Superbly crafted songs
Really a great record with superbly crafted songs. Yeah, like a more mature sequel to Sea Change, as others have said. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Gordon E. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good thank you
Published 5 days ago by Clifford Scott Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Shifting Into Mellow
Being an old hippie, I’m breaking “Morning Phase” down as an LP. The brief, glistening strings by Beck’s dad, David Campbell provide an excellent segue into the first real song... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jay Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy customer .... 5 star rating.
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful
Published 7 days ago by Eli Luoma
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is one of my all time favorite albums.
Published 9 days ago by Angela Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD of 2014.
My favorite CD of 2014. Brilliant.
Published 9 days ago by Palomar
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love this music,different then other Beck albums. Nice!
Published 9 days ago by T PIE
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Listening to the album now on NPR's website and it feels very much like Sea Change. So far I am enjoying it. Definitely check it out for free while you can.
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