Song of the Day #4,178: ‘Blackbird Chain’ – Beck

Best Albums of the 2010s – #12
Morning Phase – Beck (2014)

Today’s selection is a great example of how opinions change over time. Back in late 2014, I ranked Beck’s Morning Phase as my #13 album of the decade so far.

Now, five years later, I have it at #12 on my whole-decade list. And a few of the albums I ranked above it back then aren’t on this list at all.

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Song of the Day #2,399: ‘Country Down’ – Beck

beck_morning_phaseLike most of the world, I assumed Kanye West was joking when he started to take the stage following Beck’s Grammy win for Album of the Year.

After he became a national punchline and punching bag for interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, I figured Kanye had developed a sense of humor.

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Song of the Day #2,304: ‘Heart is a Drum’ – Beck

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Best Albums of the 10s So Far
#13 – Beck – Morning Phase

 
Earlier this year, Beck released a sequel (in spirit, if not title) to 2002’s gorgeous break-up album, Sea Change. Morning Phase has the same sad acoustic ambiance of its predecessor, but it is concerned more with mortality and self-fulfillment than heartbreak.

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Song of the Day #2,083: ‘Morning’ – Beck

beck_morning_phaseRecently, I listened to an NPR interview with Beck about his new album, Morning Phase.

He spoke in his low-key, casually eloquent way about his early influences (predominantly folk musicians) and the hows and whys of the production of this record, one of his best.

At one point, the hosts played the beginning of ‘Morning,’ the album’s opening song (not counting a brief instrumental) and Beck got a bit choked up.

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