Let's get this out of the way first: There are no bad tracks on Beck's long-awaited return, Morning Phase. The de facto sequel to Sea Change, his 12th album is a gorgeous platter of serene Americana and the first great work of 2014. Too bad he already used the title Mellow Gold. (Read our review.)
That being said, we have favorite songs and there are those that are merely fine. There's a simple rule when it comes to measuring the work of the 43-year-old. If he's wearing a big hat and playing country pretty straightforward, it tends to be a minor letdown. I also have a theory about the length of his hair in relation to his album quality.
Anyway, here are the 11 tunes from Morning Phase, in order (not counting the two instrumental interludes).