|1. Devils Haircut|
|3. Lord Only Knows|
|4. The New Pollution|
|8. Where It's At|
|12. High 5 (Rock The Catskills)|
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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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...