At last! We’ve got the vinyl back in stock. Hurry – it won’t be around for long.
Unless your preferred medium of consuming music is notation (2012’s Song Reader came in sheet music form only), Morning Phase represents the first Beck album since 2008’s Modern Guilt. This return from a lengthy hiatus isn’t the only thing exciting Beckophiles: Morning Phase comes billed as a companion piece to 2002’s Sea Change, and sees Beck tackling a broken heart once more. Yet there’s an older, wiser head here: as the title suggests, rather than wallow, Beck accepts that heartbreak is just a temporary grief he needs to see out. And so he does with lush strings (arranged by his father), gently crescendoing pianos (especially on the Nick Drake-esque Heart Is a Drum) and acoustic guitar in which you can hear the twang of each string. Despite the lyrical themes, the record’s sun-dappled shimmer suggests Beck sees a way out of his emotional hole. The bad news for him is that being in it seems to make for some of his best music.