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Odelay


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  • Audio CD (June 19 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000003TBP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Devils Haircut
2. Hotwax
3. Lord Only Knows
4. The New Pollution
5. Derelict
6. Novacane
7. Jack-Ass
8. Where It's At
9. Minus
10. Sissyneck
11. Readymade
12. High 5 (Rock The Catskills)
13. Ramshackle

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Beck brags here that he's "got two turntables and a microphone." He also has a sweeping aesthetic that sees no reason why musical allusions to hip-hop, the Beatles, James Brown, punk, Gram Parsons, cool jazz, and Dylan can't coexist in the same song. Throughout, he rap-sings with sincere irony--I bet he laughs at the sight of a jump-suited Elvis, then cries when the King starts to sing--and Odelay's rich collage of sound may very well prove a prediction of the future. If he ever finds the courage to can the loopy metaphors and just tell a story, he could take over the world. --David Cantwell

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Callaway on July 14 2004
Format: Audio CD
...and tell us, Beck does, in this sublime mix of hip hop, alternative, country, jazz, rock and pop, with even a Beatle-ish Sgt. Pepper homage tacked to the very end.
Critics of Odelay accuse Beck of being overly indulgent and WAY-overly derivative, but isn't that the whole point of the CD? Beck has stolen the key to Fun Factory and is determined to play with every toy in the building before security throws him out.
Over 13 tracks, Beck (with a big assist from the Dust Brothers) treats us to a music mixer's wet dream, from the chronically hook-y ("Devils Haircut," "The New Pollution," "Where It's At") to the startlingly touching ("Jack-Ass," "Ramshackle") to the just plain silly ("Sissyneck").
Odelay holds its place as one of the essential CD's of the 90's. Years later it still continues to entertain and excite. This is a joyous celebration of music, period . . . and Beck's best album by far.
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Ah, Odelay! the scrap-pile/loser album of the decade (minus the "loser" single, of course.) It was 1996 and dreary-eyed masses were coming off their 5-year grunge hangover, desperate for anything other than alt-rock. Beck proved the perfect fix, with an ecletic style and some funky music. The critics drooled and all summer long you could here an impossibly distorted "Where it's at" blasting from every car stuck at a stoplight. Or the New Pollution. Or Devil's Haircut. It didn't matter; this was good stuff.
In fact, the entire album is filled to the brim with good stuff: good hooks, good bass lines, good atmosphere. But it's absolutely drenched in schizophrenic details that distract rather than complement. The cell phone blips at the end of Novacane, the 3 or 4 "breakdowns" littering Where It's At, the scream introducing Lord Only Knows...Buried somewhere beneath all of these obscure, smart-@ss samples and off-key freakout flourishes are some great songs, but Beck keeps himself and his listeners too focused on how brilliant he is.
The diversity of genres and decades he pulls from is certainly impressive, but he has no business declaring on the back of the cd cover "je suis un revolutionaire" when he knows Todd Rundgren did this is in '73 and the Beasties in '89. Conclusion: Killer party music? You bet! 90's masterpiece? Move on...
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The best way to describe Beck is to say that his songs are music for music's sake. They dont' always (or usally, really) make sense, and I suppose you could say they arent' "real music", in the sense that most music is (like the Beatles or Van Halen or most music that you hear, really). But it IS "fun music", I suppose you could say. Odelay is like..PURE Beck. It's Beck at his best. One Foot in the Grave was interesting, in it's own folky way, as was Stereopathetic Soulmanure, and "Mellow Gold" was way cool, of course, but "Odelay" is all of the best qualities Beck has rolled into one. You dont' know what the lyrics mean all the time (usually it's just like poetry - there is no real meanign - it's just words that paint pictures in your head), but you make the songs yours after a while - and that, perhaps is the best thing about listenign to Beck - there is plenty room for interpretation. "Devil's Haricut" is a good rock number - it starts off the album nicely. "Hot Wax" is just..genius, really. Just a nice groovy song. It makes Beck look cool, for such a little guy he is. It's a nice song and whatnot. "Lord Only Knows" is good for like..some long night drive that you are on alone, or some long walk on your own (I used to take long walks and listen to Beck), and it's night, and..it's just a nice song. "Derilect" is the worst sogn on the album - to be honest, it kind of sucks. "Minus" (kind of an ode to..the feeling of being a teenager or something, I geuss. That's my interpretation atleast) is a good one - has a nice manic energy to it. Novicane is also pretty cool. The others I would list as best songs on the album are "Jack-ass" and "Ramshackle", which are kind of..introspective songs, I suppose is how you could describe them.Read more ›
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By J. Jongeling on Dec 21 2003
Format: Audio CD
Beck's Odelay was a big hit in 1996, and it still remains in heavy rotation on the radio as well as in music lovers' CD changers. This album is no ordinary album, however. Unlike most albums, it appeals to more than one or two music styles. This album will capture the attention of country lovers, rockers, hip-hoppers, grunge fans, heavy metal headbangers, and punks alike. Whether it be twangy country boot boogie, DJ scratchin' hip-hop, detuned heavy metal, fast dizzy punk rock, a slow acoustic daze, or just ambient white noise, this album will be sure to please.
The first song starts off in the right direction with a "new-wave" sort of feel. It changes directions many times, going in loops and around the bend, even reaching some hip-hop territory. This is something you'll be guaranteed to hear on every Beck album. Hotwax, probably my favorite on the album is a slow rocker with some country twang, layered on a clipped and distorted vocal line. The album continues on with Lord Only Knows, flip flops to New Pollution, and one of my personal favorites "Derelict". Following through, Novacane hits hard and leaves you numb; while Jack-Ass brings your groove out. Where It's At, the album's big hit is not one to miss out on. As the album scans through, we find "Readymade", a good rocker about leaving this town and being sick of the same old thing. The hip-hop induced High 5 sounds like a Beastie Boys parody, but it is a great tune nonetheless. Ramshackle is the closing song of the album; But wait...what's this? Hidden track #14 is a continuum of beeping white noise. Brilliant.
Beck's Odelay is a timeless classic, but it's also an album to get you laughing as well. Humor is one of Beck's best qualities, and he displays that nicely on this album.
Do yourself a favor and give this one a spin.
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