by Theleftside2 USER (9 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 66 replies

Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Beck - Odelay!

#305 on the Rolling Stone 500 greatest albums list.

1. Devil's Haircut -
A tightly produced Rock song with the help of a couple of samples and Beck's poetic lyrics that almost never make any sense throughout the whole album. This song starts the album off fresh and energetic. And the song ends with near "hazardous to your hearing" guitar feedback, while Beck Yells out "Devil's Haircut, in my mind!!!" 4.5/5

2. Hotwax -
This Bluesy/groovy masterpiece is loaded with samples and odd instruments. The chorus is in spanish (Yo soy un disco quebrado, yo tengo chicle en mi cerebro = I am a broken disc, I have bubble gum on my brain) reminiscent of the song "Loser" off Mellow Gold. I love the accordian after the first chorus. Beck adds a sweet hip-hoppish ending that slowly fades away at the end. This is definitely one of my favorite songs off this album. 5/5

3. Lord Only Knows -
This is a great song to listen to when you're having a beer with your dad. Just watch out for the screaming intro... ;) it can get you by surprise. Beck shows he could handle an electric guitar and slide guitar nicely on this song. It sounds like something out of a time warp. This is probably the least weirdest song on the album even though Beck ends off the song singing..."Going back to Houston, Do the Hot-Dog dance. Going back to Houston, to get me some pants." 4.5/5

4. The New Pollution -
One of the most popular songs. I find it a bit overrated though. Starts off with An intro that sounds like it belongs in a Disney animation. The repetitive bass sounds like a remake of The Beatles "Tax Man." There's a nice saxophone in here as well after, yet, another catchy chorus from Beck. 4.5/5

5. Derelict -
An "overly Percussive" song. Most people like this song the least from this album, But I enjoy it. It includes almost nothing but percussive instruments and maybe even some silverware"
In the middle of the song you will also hear a bit of Sitar playing over a neat effect. 4/5

6. Novacane -
One of my all time favorite Beck songs, this one is talking about Novacaine powered androids(...whats that" Weird you say") It contains a Folk guitar intro over a strong bassline, more Hip-hop beats, powerful Guitar Distortion, Techno influenced effects, and a little bit of funk. All I have to say is this song is one of a kind. 5/5

7. Jack-ass -
A real mellow folk song. This is a beauty that calms you down a bit after just having the shit scared out of you by "Novacane". Beck has a nice Harmonica solo before you get another weird, yet, memorable ending with the loud sounds of a donkey. 4/5

8. Where It's At" -
Probably the most popular song on the album. "..I got two turntables and a microphone.." It features a jazzy saxophone solo, Beck's rapping, a utopia of hip-hop and strange samples, a Chorus with purposely done microphone feedback, and more of Beck's distorted yelling. It's one big "Picasso" of a song. Only Mr. Bungle could do better. :cool: 5/5

9. Minus -
A punk song that is a big change of mood after "Where It's At"" The hyped up drumming and strong bassline reminds me of The Jesus Lizard. There's also a pause in between and everything slows down until it comes back up full speed with Beck getting louder. then the song ends with noise. 4/5

10. Sissyneck -
This song reminds me of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Another one of those "hang out with your dad and get drunk to" songs. It might be a little repetitive but still, it doesn't spoil this song at all. "..Dont talk to me if you're looking for somebody to cry on." 4.5/5

11. Readymade -
I don't know what to say about this song. I like this song, and still it is very repetitive. One drum sample plays throughout the song from start to finish. while Beck adds bits of other things in it too. Not a highlight of the album though but it's a descent song. 3.5/5

12. High 5 (Rock The Catskills) -
This is a Hip-Hop track with Beck showing us he can rap with the best of them. ..well, almost. his distorted voice flows along beats and a nice bassline that would sound sweet when you're driving in your car. It's also very humorous when Beck asks near the end "...Do You like Designer Jeans" Say Oo-lala!" 4/5

13. Ramshackle -
A nice mellow closing song (with no more Hip-hop samples) that takes you back to the sounds of Mellow Gold. Beck's acoustic guitar sounds really nice here. It's a good song to just relax on your own. But before you get comfortable there's some weird bonus noise that if you're not prepared for it it can be a little shocking. 4.5/5

This is one of my all-time favorite albums.
If you haven't heard anything by Beck, I recommend you pick up this album first. :thumb:

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March 22nd 2004


Great job :thumb:. I was thinking about doing this album a while back, but I'm glad you did. It's a good album, but I'd give it a 4.5/5, I love the song "Hot Wax", great tune.

Scott Herren
March 22nd 2004


I give this a 5/5. It owned my CD player for much of the late 90's. I would give High 5 a 5/5 though, and New Pollution a 5/5, other than that I agree completely.

March 22nd 2004


I only bought this album as a pre-teen because I really, really, REALLY loved the melody in "Where It's At?" I almost never listened to the album for years; should I bring it out again?

March 22nd 2004


Same story here, Yd. Yes, you should. I bought this CD when I was in the 4th grade, and recently listened to it again. It's an excellent album.

April 29th 2004


This is probably one of my favorite albums of all times, Top 20 for sure

Hot Wax, Novacane and Lord only knows really make this cd shine

April 30th 2004


Good review. Good CD too. My favourite song on there is probably Novacaine. I like Lord Only Knows too, that "hot dog dance" crap at the end cracks me up every time. I'd give the album 4/5, mainly because I haven't really listened to it a lot.

July 20th 2004


For some reason, I steered clear of Beck for ages. Now I'm finally actually listening to some of his stuff, and it's killing me that I didn't do so earlier. I'm planning on getting this album tomorrow, so I can get back with some proper thoughts later.

My real reason for this post is to say that Beck seems to be ageless. Not in that his music is timeless, but he himself seems to be. He just turned 60 this year, and still only looks like he's in his mid (maybe late) 30s. I also just recently saw a picture of him around the release of Odelay! (dark blonde hair, eating a banana - I can't find the bastard anywhere on the internet to illustrate my point), when he would have been 52 or so, and he looks like he's in his 20s (and early twenties at that - more Jeff Buckley than Jeff Beck). It's unbelievable.

July 20th 2004


You're not thinking of the same person. I doubt if Beck is 35.

July 20th 2004


He just turned 60 this year

Maybe Jeff Beck, but there is no I can see Beck being 60.

July 20th 2004


Beck isn't Ned Flanders; if he looks to be thirty-ish then he probably is.

July 21st 2004


With this album Beck proved that you didn't have to spend $10 million to produce an album. He added a lot of quirky layer's to a minimalist foundation. There is a lot of good material on this album. 5outta5.
Jeff Beck-Beck...That's like Jim Morrison-Morrissey :lol:

July 21st 2004


Ah, well I was told they were the same person. If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go and kick my source(s).

July 21st 2004


Jeff Beck-Beck...That's like Jim Morrison-Morrissey :lol:[/QUOTE]

What? Then which one sang "Brown-Eyed Girl?"

January 3rd 2005


I bought this cd the other day. I am so far, dissapointed by it. Maybe it will grow on me.

January 3rd 2005


^ It will, believe me. Beck is an odd sort of artist and it takes some time to really start appreciating this album. I've had it for about four years now and it has become one of my favorites.

January 3rd 2005


This is an awesome album, one of my favorites. If you like Beck, you should check out Sea Change as well. This one definitely has more range in styles, but Sea Change is a very complete album in it's meaning I think. The style is just really more mellow through the whole album on that. I have Sea Change on SACD 5.1, and it sounds AWESOME!!

December 28th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

I just bought it on iTunes. Yeah, this cd made me do back flips. Beck is practically ridiculous.

Two-Headed Boy
February 15th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Beck is where it's at.

March 21st 2006


did you know that Beck and Beastie boys share the same MC? Adam Yauch. well thats what i hear. Unreal Album.

September 19th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

that yell @ the beginning of lord only knows is great. odelay is my favorite beck album

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