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Morning Phase

February 25, 2014

$9.49
  Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
Cycle
0:39
2
Morning
5:19
3
Heart Is A Drum
4:31
4
Say Goodbye
3:29
5
Blue Moon
4:02
6
Unforgiven
4:34
7
Wave
3:40
8
Don't Let It Go
3:09
9
Blackbird Chain
4:26
10
Phase
1:07
11
Turn Away
3:05
12
Country Down
4:00
13
Waking Light
5:00

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  • Label: Capitol Records
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  • Total Length: 47:01
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  • ASIN: B00IB73QTG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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59 of 71 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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34 of 41 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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty but lacking something March 13, 2014
By P. Opus
Format:Audio CD
This is an album that has already been subjected to a ridiculous amount of scrutiny, being Beck's first in years. I am just adding my opinion for what it's worth. My credentials: I loved Odelay when it came out during the 90's, but even more to the point I really connected with the songs on Sea Change (the unofficial predecessor to Morning Phase). That album seemed heartfelt and, whether or not Beck was really heartbroken when he recorded it, he sold it and I believed it.

Morning Phase *sounds* like a companion piece to Sea Change, at least on the surface. The acoustic guitars backed by sweeping orchestration supporting the deep, mournful vocals capture the same mood as Sea Change. At first it sounded great and I was all set to write up my five-star review. However, repeat listens reveal this album to be (at least for me) a "shrinker" rather than a "grower." This is because, beneath the layers of sound and the beautiful surface, there is ultimately not a lot of depth. The lyrics and mood basically equate to: "Beck is really sad about nothing." Or, worse: "Beck wants us to THINK he's sad about something but he's not really selling it." Which ultimately means that more repeat listens are not really worth my time.

I don't want to be overly harsh here (although I guess that's what I am doing), what's here does sound good. It's a pleasant listen and good music for a rainy day, nighttime car drive, etc. Also, if I had never heard Sea Change, I would probably be giving this album four stars. But I know what Beck is capable of doing. That Sea Change album felt real. This is at best (to quote Phoenix) almost the real thing. Just, in one guy's opinion, two stars short.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums in years. By anyone.
Moody. Introspective. Personal.

Very moving journey, best experienced as a full album.

I really hope Beck goes down this road more in the future.
Published 5 hours ago by RecAcoustic
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen if you are having bad thoughts
This is a long way from 'loser', but I really like becks dark side. He's mastered the art of dark luminous music. Worth the buy.
Published 6 hours ago by Jonathan Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow grooves
Not an easy first listen, but a fantastic chill cd. Love the harmonies and how the cd flows from one song to the next
Published 7 hours ago by anthony larcom
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Beck
Just fabulous. This is one of the best pieces of work I have had the opportunity to listen to lately.
Published 17 hours ago by Carol M. Cash
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Loved the album, reminded me of the Moody Blues, and I Love the Moody Blues. Easy listening, will definitely buy more Beck.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars So slow.....
I am a big fan of Beck and while this album has its moments, see first five songs, the second half of it is so slow and snoozy. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Chris Watts cw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
If u love mellow beck it's a must....just beautiful through out...Ito me beck took the helm of Neil young as far as changing up album to album....I don't like all his work... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jonny
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Day Classic
My first album review here, as I usually review concerts and am a big fan of surround music. I am genuinely moved by this incredible album. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Duane
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Sea Change...
You will love this album. It really should have been named Sea Change, Part Deux. There are two Becks, the one that created Mellow Gold and Odelay, but then there is the much... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Deepness always prevails
I was waiting to get this on vinyl to listen to it. I am a huge fan of Sea Change. My favorite part about SC is that it was produced by Nigal Goldrich. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Clayton Acklin
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