‘Turn Away’ – Beck
Morning Phase, Beck’s unofficial sequel to his melancholy classic Sea Change, turned out to be every bit as good as its predecessor.
Filled with minor key ruminations on love, loss and rebirth, the record makes for one hell of a wallowing good time.
‘Turn Away’ is perhaps the album’s most beautiful moment, a delicate plea of self-forgiveness that sounds like a lost Simon & Garfunkel tune. Not many people are making music this lovely these days.
I have yet to see the film Wild, which uses this song to great effect in its trailer, but from what I know of the movie’s plot and theme, this track is a perfect fit.
As the only man in my top five, Beck represents his gender well.
From the sound of your own voice
Calling no one
Just a silence
Learn to see you’re at the edge
Fall off the avalanche
Hold the line
That fixes you in time
Keeps you under
Takes you over
The wall that love divides
Waking and slumber
From the weight of your own past:
It’s a measure
For the devil
And betrays the lack of change
Once you have spoken