It has been said, by Beck himself, that each album he produces assumes a different genre than the previous one. Which, given a musical tour through his music spanning from Loser (1994-my birth year, which is fitting) to Morning Phase (February 2014) is a fair assumption. Beck Hansen (yes, that is in fact his full name) took a bit of a hiatus from album production-Modern Guilt, his previous album came out in 2008. But Beck is back and better than ever, and the thesis of Morning Phase is encapsulated by Blue Moon. Now 43 years old, it’s safe to say the guy who wrote “I’m a loser baby/so why don’t you kill me” in ’94 has undergone some philosophical development, and that’s the theme of this album-it’s about catharsis and maturity. In Blue Moon, Beck synthesizes complex but brilliantly succinct lyrics detailing his struggle to remain earnest yet produce unique and qualitative lyrics (“So cut me down in size, so I can fit inside”). He also references the isolation being such a fucking weirdo-a talented, enjoyably listenable weirdo, but still not from the same cut as you or I-in the beginning of the song, lamenting his loneliness, and the imprisonment this loneliness subjects him to. It’s absolutely brilliant while also extremely depressing-as is the case for many things brilliant. Listen to Blue Moon and listen to this whole album, it is beautifully sublime.