Beck: Morning Phase - album review

Leftfield songwriter revisits mood of Sea Change on long-awaited LP

Morning Phase
This has been touted as the most anticipated Leftfield album of 2014, following a six-year gap in which Beck has done everything (including overcoming spinal injury and confounding the download generation with a book of sheet music) except release an album. A 12-song cycle set in the tender, uncertain hours of dawn, it bathes in the 1970s West Coast vibe of Beck’s youth, with dew-spangled guitars and psychedelic melodies slowly turning their crumpled faces to the sun. Swaddled in self-production, Morning Phase is an absorbing and moving mood album.
Bella Todd

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