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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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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.
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...
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.
Most recent customer reviews
It holds up to the time test. Can still listen to it in loops for weeks in the car and truck.Published on Sept. 5 2013 by B. Paluck
This album is overrated. I put it on, and the first impression I got was that Beck really wanted to make a "cool" album.. Read morePublished on June 16 2004
Is this album, called groundbreaking and classic when it was released, going to matter to anyone in 10 years? Of course not. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Pootie T
Its pretty hilarious how Beck pulls off rap, or a sort of pseudo-rap. His early attempts at it in his early days, like in the Loser song, are hilarious, but you end up laughing but... Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
I waited a long to buy this (I always loved "...and a microphone"), but what a HUGE disappointment. Read morePublished on March 17 2004
Odelay was my second Beck CD and since that he has been my favorite artist. Odelay is great all the way through. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by Bek
Beck is a genius and this cd proves it. It haves everything : rock, hip hop, country, nice melodies...just EVERYTHING. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by Pierre St-Onge