Beck is known for his sonically adventurous recordings, creating anticipation for each new release since he can go in so many different directions. His twelfth studio album, Morning Phase, is drawing comparisons to his Sea Change record. It's even being called a "companion piece" to that very successful 2002 release. Many of the same musicians from Sea Change are back, and the songs are meditative and gorgeous in their use of vocal harmonies and occasional string sections. Melancholy at times, but the warmth of the California sun is felt as well on Morning Phase.