Beck enters new ‘Phase’: New album revisits old sound with a twist

Molly Wade, Co-Editor in Chief

Each of Beck’s albums has something special about them. They each have a special personality but still remain true to Beck’s style. But his latest album, ‘Morning Phase,’ is not really an album all its own.

It is more of a sequel to his 2002 album ‘Sea Change’ which is known for its slow, soothing tones that are not consistent throughout the selection. ‘Morning Phase’ resonates with throwbacks to old songs from ‘Sea Change’ such as “Golden Age” and “Guess I’m Doing Fine” which are smooth acoustic melodies.

The entire album is measured in pace and almost sounds like something you might hear in a spa. Despite Beck’s talent for orchestrating techno with his talent for guitar, almost every song is focused around the acoustic sound. The only thing techno about them is the slight echo in the background.

The only exceptions are “Unforgiven,” “Phase” -which is entirely instrumental – and “Waking Light.” But even so, there are very miniscule technical elements.

“Turn Away” is a very interesting song because it sounds more like something the 1970’s band, America, rather than the experimental style of Beck.

The speed of the majority of the album is very similar which flows extremely well. Each song morphs into the next. “Don’t Let It Go” and “Blackbird Chain” are two examples of the set that sound similar enough to flow nicely between each other and different enough to where each can be appreciated on its own.

Overall, ‘Morning Phase’ is nice for good vibes and a sense of peace. It could do with a little variety but the songs fit neatly.