Morning Phase

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Often pigeonholed as being prolific to a fault, Beck took an extended break from recording after the 2008 release of Modern Guilt. He kept himself busy, producing acclaimed albums for Charlotte Gainsbourg, Thurston Moore, and Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, blowing off steam via his mischievous Record Club (an online series where he and his friends covered classic albums), and then easing back to original songwriting through the ambitious Song Reader project, a folio containing sheet music for 20 unrecorded songs. He also suffered a spinal injury in 2008, a fact not publicized until he was ready to release Morning Phase, his first album in six years, early in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Often pigeonholed as being prolific to a fault, Beck took an extended break from recording after the 2008 release of Modern Guilt. He kept himself busy, producing acclaimed albums for Charlotte Gainsbourg, Thurston Moore, and Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, blowing off steam via his mischievous Record Club (an online series where he and his friends covered classic albums), and then easing back to original songwriting through the ambitious Song Reader project, a folio containing sheet music for 20 unrecorded songs. He also suffered a spinal injury in 2008, a fact not publicized until he was ready to release Morning Phase, his first album in six years, early in 2014. As Morning Phase is a slow, shimmering album deliberately in the vein of classic singer/songwriter LPs, it's easy to think of it as a pained, confessional sequel to Sea Change, the 2002 record written and recorded in the wake of a painful romantic breakup. Beck didn't shy away from these comparisons, calling it a "companion piece" to his acclaimed 2002 LP, and as "Morning" glimmers into view, sounding for all the world like "Golden Age," it almost seems as if Beck covered himself as part of the Record Club. Morning Phase soon develops its own distinct gait, one that's a little more relaxed than its cousin. Crucially, Beck has swapped sorrow for mere melancholy, a shift in attitude that makes this 2014 album sweeter than its predecessor, a distinction sometimes distinguished by moments where words, traditionally the sadness signifiers for sensitive troubadours, are washed away by cascading waves of candy-colored sound. Underneath this warm, enveloping aural blanket lie some sturdily constructed compositions -- the haunting "Heart Is a Drum," bringing to mind memories of Nick Drake; the loping country-rock "Say Goodbye" and its sister "Country Down"; "Blue Moon," where the skies part like the breaking dawn -- but the abiding impression left from this album is one of comfort, not despair, which makes Morning Phase distinctly different than its companion Sea Change.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2014
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 602537649754
  • Catalog Number: 1983802
  • Sales rank: 2,150

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cycle (0:40)
  2. 2 Morning (5:19)
  3. 3 Heart Is a Drum (4:31)
  4. 4 Say Goodbye (3:29)
  5. 5 Blue Moon (4:02)
  6. 6 Unforgiven (4:34)
  7. 7 Wave (3:40)
  8. 8 Don't Let It Go (3:09)
  9. 9 Blackbird Chain (4:26)
  10. 10 Phase (1:03)
  11. 11 Turn Away (3:05)
  12. 12 Country Down (4:00)
  13. 13 Waking Light (5:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beck Primary Artist
Stephanie Bennett Harp
John Acosta Cello
Charlie Bisharat Violin, Concert Master
Denyse Buffum Viola
Stanley Clarke Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Joel Derouin Violin, Concert Master
Jason Falkner Electric Guitar
Stefanie Fife Cello
James Gadson Drums
Roland Kato Viola
Matt Sherrod Drums
Josefina Vergara Violin
Smokey Hormel Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, E-bow
Joey Waronker Percussion, Drums
Suzie Katayama Cello
Cody Kilby Guitar
Natalie Leggett Violin
Justin Meldal-Johnsen Bass, Electric Bass
Rudy Stein Cello
Sara Parkins Violin, Concert Master
Matt Mahaffey Organ
Julian Hallmark Violin
Gerry Hilera Violin
Fats Kaplan Banjo
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Alyssa Park Violin
Andrew Duckles Viola
Songa Lee Violin
Steve Richards Cello
Rudolph Stein Cello
Michele Richards Violin
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Joel Pargman Violin
Grace Oh Violin
Jeanie Lim Viola
Nina Evtuhov Violin
David Stone Bass
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Mario de León Violin
Razdan Kuyumjian Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Bram Inscore Electric Bass
Beck Hansen Organ, Dulcimer, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Piano, Electric Bass, Celeste, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Tambourine, Ukulele, Vocals, Charango
Kevin Connolly Violin
David Richard Campbell Conductor
Roger Waronker Piano
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Darrell Thorp Engineer
Dennis Hallinan Images
Cassidy Turbin Engineer
David Greenbaum Engineer
Robbie Nelson Engineer
Beck Hansen Composer, Producer
Cole Marsden Engineer
Greif Neill Engineer
Florian Lagatta Engineer
Joe Visciano Engineer
Dan Mountford Cover Layout
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