CD Review: Beck "Morning Phase"

Beck’s laid-back and melodic 12th studio album features warm bass tones and mellow grooves provided by longtime collaborator Justin Meldal-Johnsen, the great Stanley Clarke (upright and electric), Bram Inscore, and Beck himself.
By Jon D'Auria ,

Beck’s laid-back and melodic 12th studio album features warm bass tones and mellow grooves provided by longtime collaborator Justin Meldal-Johnsen, the great Stanley Clarke (upright and electric), Bram Inscore, and Beck himself. While the impact of each player is prominent on the new material, it’s easy to perceive that simply one player is behind the album’s low end, which serves as a testament to Beck’s vision. Highlights include Clarke’s pocket line on “Heart Is a Drum” and Meldal-Johnsen’s rolling fills on “Blackbird Chain.”