Miranda Lambert, Beck, YG and more
Beck, “Morning Phase”
Best track: Waking Light
Why it makes the list: The album has been tagged a sequel of sorts to Beck’s popular break-up album, 2002’s “Sea Change.” Rather than a true sequel, that descriptor is more useful as shorthand to let the listener know the album is primarily acoustic; song-oriented rather than beats oriented, and confessional. And, like “Sea Change,” regardless of what else Beck records, it will stand out as a gorgeous milestone in his career. This is an album that is meant to be heard as a whole, so dig in and enjoy from start to finish.