's new album, Morning Phase
, comes out February 25 on Capitol. Having released no recorded LPs since 2008's Modern Guilt
, Beck bummed me out with "Blue Moon" (the first released song off of his forthcoming LP), and not because it's bummer music. While Morning Phase
is reportedly Beck revisiting the well-received sad-sack symphonic folk-pop of 2002's Sea Change
, it also means that it's a musician once known for his chameleonic tendencies rehashing familiar territory. But the second song to appear, "Waking Light," is more promising. While it sounds like Sea Change 2: Still Kind of Miserable
, it's also as good as many of the best songs on Sea Change
, thanks to its clear production and catchy melody. Sometimes sequels can be good—listen for yourself below.