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"Waking Light" is a song written, produced and performed by American musician Beck.[2] It is the closing track on his twelfth studio album Morning Phase and was issued as the album's second single. The song peaked at number 43 on the Billboard rock chart in 2014.[3]

"Waking Light"
Single by Beck
from the album Morning Phase
ReleasedFebruary 4, 2014 (2014-02-04)[1]
GenreFolk rock
Songwriter(s)Beck Hansen[2]
Producer(s)Beck Hansen[2]
Beck singles chronology
"Blue Moon"
"Waking Light"
"Say Goodbye"
Music video
"Waking Light" on YouTube

Critical receptionEdit

The song has received positive reviews. Many critics complimented the song's psychedelic style; Marc Hogan of Spin referred to it as "richly orchestrated psych-pop,[4] while Tom Breihan of Stereogum further added that the song was "soulful [and] twinkling" and concluded that it was a "stunning song".[5] Chelsea Conte of Paste called the song "beautifully dreamy".[6]

Live performancesEdit

Beck performed "Waking Light" live for the first time (along with "Say Goodbye") on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on March 12, 2014.[7] On October 28, he performed the song on Conan.[8]


Chart (2014)[3] Peak
US Rock Songs (Billboard) 43


  1. ^ " Waking Light: Beck: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Beck - Morning Phase (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Beck | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  4. ^ Hogan, Marc (February 4, 2014). "Beck Greets the Sun on Orchestral ‘Waking Light’". Spin. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  5. ^ Breihan, Tom (February 4, 2014). "Beck – “Waking Light” - Stereogum". Stereogum. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Conte, Chelsea (February 4, 2014). "Listen to Beck's New Single "Waking Light" :: Music :: Audio :: Paste". Paste. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  7. ^ Menyes, Carolyn (March 13, 2014). "WATCH: Beck perform 'Waking Light', 'Say Goodbye' on 'The Tonight Show' : Genres : Music Times". Music Times. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  8. ^ Kaye, Ben (October 29, 2014). "Beck returns to Conan to perform “Waking Light” — watch | Consequence of Sound". Consequence of Sound. Townsquare Music. Retrieved June 27, 2015.

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