Beck
Odelay!


5.0
classic

Review

by Chunky97 USER (5 Reviews)
July 11th, 2012 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beck's 1996 classic deserves the hype it gets.

As a child of the new generation (I'm still just a teenager), I don't really remember the 1990s too well. I don't remember hearing 90s songs on the radio (although we did have a radio station that played 80s, 90s, and current music). Most of the 90s albums/songs I hear are either shown to me by my father, heard on the radio station that played 90s, or searched myself. I was reading a Rolling Stone magazine. They listed the top 50 albums of the 2000s, and at number 17, was Beck's Sea Change. I'm always searching for new music to listen to. So I loaded up iTunes, went to Wikipedia, and logged on to YouTube. I looked at the article for Odelay, and my jaw litterally dropped. It had almost all perfect, 5-star reviews, including a 5-star rating from Rolling Stone magazine. I decided to look up the songs on Odelay through YouTube, and I saw that it deserved the hype.

Odelay opens with "Devils Haircut", a 3-minute tune full of samples, and Beck singing about "garbage man trees" and having "a Devils Haircut in his mind". It's absolutly brilliant. The samples fit perfectly, and despite the utter chaos going on with all the samples and singing, it's intelligent and well-produced.

Jump ahead to "The New Pollution". The song opens with a calm, happy sounding tune, before going into a drum beat with guitar, then going into the magnificent chorus, before going into another verse, then another chorus, then a saxophone solo - yes, saxophone solo - then into a keyboard solo, then into a 2 verse-chorus sections, then ending with ANOTHER saxophone solo. How many artists have all that in one song? When I first listened to it, I was confused - how did the sax solo fit so well? How did such a strange song end up being one of the highlights of the album? Because it works. It's the quirkiness of the song that makes it wonderful.

Now run along to "Where It's At". It contains the most samples of all the songs on Odelay, and listening to it makes me smile everytime. The needle hitting the record at the beginning, the rapped verses, the clap-along chorus, the drum break (and the "That was a good drum break" line following it) - it's all the quirkiness you see in most of Beck's music (sans Sea Change).

I would recommend Odelay to anybody who likes music that is different. It is not a mainstream-esque album. It's a masterpiece and one of Beck's finest albums. 5/5


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Chunky97
July 10th 2012


3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Crap... it didn't put the album name at the top. For those of you wondering, this was a review for Odelay.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2012


4443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For those of you wondering, this was a review for Odelay.


It's got the name up at the top of the page.
But anyway, Congrats on your first review. It's a pretty decent one, though most of the stuff in the first paragraph is a bit unnecessary also it would have been good to see you give more info on the album (Perhaps talk about the "not-so good songs" and album's weaknesses)- some thoughts to think about.

Anyway have a POS. I like this album, myself. "Where it's at" brings a smile on me as well.

Drsmith4
July 10th 2012


1715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice! My first review was for a Beck album, too.

Pos.

IndianaWarLord
July 11th 2012


310 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i was ripe for the picking when odelay dropped and it rocked my world. i still remember the video for "where it's at" when it was on regular rotation on mtv (you know, that channel that plays The Hills and other gay programming?)

KILL
July 11th 2012


71965 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome album

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

YankeeDudel
July 11th 2012


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thought you were going to say "gay" Kill

Devils Haircut is Where Its At though agreed

Witty yup

Digging: The The - Soul Mining

YoYoMancuso
July 12th 2012


11154 Comments


pretty good for a first review, awesome record

KILL
July 12th 2012


71965 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its not venn rain garreed

jefflebowski
July 12th 2012


8253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

such a shame he's into scientology



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