Morning Phase

by Beck

Original Release Date: 2014-01-01

Morning Phase

In the more than five years separating the release of Modern Guilt and Morning Phase, the multifaceted producer/songwriter continued to embellish his prolific, diverse career: he produced a clutch of beautiful albums (including Charlotte Gainsbourg’s IRM and Thurston Moore’s Demolished Thoughts) and undertook a number of visionary collaborative projects. With its lushness and atmospheric beauty, Morning Phase is his most accomplished (and straightforward) musical endeavour since his beloved 2002 album, Sea Change. In fact, many of the core musicians who played on Sea Change—including guitarist Smokey Hormel, bassist/multi-instrumentalist Justin Meldal-Johnsen and ex-Jellyfish keyboardist Roger Joseph Manning Jr.—give Morning Phase its finely detailed instrumental warmth. “Heart Is a Drum” sets the tone early with its glowing combination of acoustic instruments, luxurious electronics and elegant vocal harmonies. The other meditative highlights include the hazy, impressionistic orchestral sweep of “Wave” and the reflexive multi-tracked melody of “Morning”. This is an achingly beautiful collection of songwriting from one of pop music’s postmodern masters.


  1. Cycle (0:40)
  2. Morning (5:22)
  3. Heart Is A Drum (4:31)
  4. Say Goodbye (3:29)
  5. Blue Moon (4:00)
  6. Unforgiven (4:34)
  7. Wave (3:45)
  8. Don’t Let It Go (3:08)
  9. Blackbird Chain (4:26)
  10. Phase (1:12)
  11. Turn Away (3:05)
  12. Country Down (4:00)
  13. Waking Light (5:00)

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Format Vinyl LP Album (180 Gram)
Label Capitol Records
Catalog Number 0602537649747
Notes 180 gram Includes: Printed insert with lyrics and credits Download card for entire album in MP3 format (later copies don’t have it) Recorded at Ocean Way Recording (Hollywood, CA and Nashville, TN), Blackbird Studio (Nashville, TN), Gang Recording Studio (Paris, France), Rak Studios (London, UK), Capitol Studios (Hollywood, CA), Sunset Sound (Hollywood, CA), and The Library (Los Angeles, CA) Mixed at Electric Lady Studios, New York ℗© 2014 Fonograf Records under exclusive license to Capitol Records Manufactured in Germany by Furnace MFG / The Pallas Group for Capitol Records Made in EU Runouts are etched except for the stamped ‘-31098- P.USA’.
Discogs URL Beck - Morning Phase