Beck’s next album, out on Feb. 25, is a “companion piece of sorts” to his 2002 LP Sea Change, one that reportedly provides an optimistic counterpoint to that sometimes melancholic earlier collection. The title, Morning Phase, suggests a hopeful dawn—though it also evokes “mourning” (and, who knows, might even allude to an obscure acid-folk act from the U.K., Mourning Phase, and their one, self-titled record).
The first track has a nocturnal title—“Blue Moon”—and what at least sound like despairing lyrics. (“Lies you tried to hide/ Behind your eyes/ Don’t leave me on my own,” etc.) The music, though, is lovely and upbeat and has me looking forward to the rest of the album.
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