Pop music’s elfin eccentric, Beck, talks about failures, family and how he wishes Beck were a band, not a guy
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Critics are calling your new album, Morning Phase, a follow-up to Sea Change, which was a breakup album. Is it middle-aged parenthood that's bringing you down now?
I don't think it's that. I was trying to write from a very simple human place. I was hoping to come up with something that was--had some basic human experience and perspective that other people could recognize and have as their own. But it is a tricky business to get these grand sentiments into a piece of music that isn't, on the one hand, pretentious or overly sentimental or, on the other, doesn't make you cringe.