Beck – Morning Phase

It’s been six years since we have had a Beck album but let me tell you ‘Morning Phase’ was worth the wait. Here a much more mature sounding Beck replaces the jokey hip hop delivery and nonsense lyrics of old with real song writing, real musicians playing real instruments and echoing the heyday of music of the seventies, most notably ‘The Band’. Guitars and piano are under pinned by slouchy drums and drawn out organ notes giving the songs a really laid back summer feel, but it’s in the catchy choruses and melodies that Beck really shines not only as a writer but also as a singer, his voice has never sounded better. Clever and subtle double tracked vocals and harmonies with himself permeate each track and hang beautifully off the music, provided once again by many of the same musicians he used on ‘Sea Change’. Clearly influenced by Nick Drake, Neil Young and the previously mentioned The Band the album contains thirteen of the best traditional songs that Beck has done and to quote another of his album titles what he has achieved here is ‘Mellow Gold’.

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