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.