Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Beck: Morning Phase

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Beck: Morning Phase

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Capitol

Beck builds castles in the sand on a sturdy structure of acoustics

With 2002's Sea Change, Beck transcended his junk-culture-trawling hipster image. Yet, that thumbnail sketch of jaunty, crate-digging cool stays stubbornly stamped on our cultural cortex, due to his foundation-shaking, antifolk/hip-hop calling card, "Loser." The specter of "Loser" reappeared in 2009, when it was rumored that Beck was working on two projects: a return to the ramshackle, genre-jump ing of 1997's Odelay, and a stripped-down acoustic-guitar album.

Morning Phase, Beck's first album since his move from DGC/Interscope to Capitol, is neither of those.

This album dips into the somber, chamberpop well of game-changer Sea Change, but digs deeper into that disc's trove of sun-dappled psychedelia, '70s Laurel Canyon songerait, and cosmic-cowboy country. The uneasy orchestral sweep of Scott Walker and the hazy malaise of Love's Forever Changes are touchstones, and like those forebears. …

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