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Beck - Odelay

Number of Discs
1
Release Date
06/18/1996
Artist
Beck
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
Geffen / DGC
Duration
00:51:28

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Unlike Stereopathetic Soul Manure and One Foot in the Grave, the indie albums that followed his debut Mellow Gold by a mere matter of months, Odelay was a full-fledged, full-bodied album, released on a major label in the summer of 1996 and bearing an intricate, meticulous production by the Dust Brothers in their first gig since the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique. Odelay shared a similar collage structure to that 1989 masterpiece, relying on a blend of found sounds and samples, but instead of lending the album its primary colors, the Dust Brothers provided the accents, highlighting Beck's ever-changing sounds, tying together his stylistic shifts, making the leaps from the dirge-blues of "Jack-Ass" to the hazy party rock of "Where's It's At" seem not so great. Like Mellow Gold, Odelay winds up touching on a number of disparate strands -- folk and country, grungy garage rock, stiff-boned electro, louche exotica, old-school rap, touches of noise rock -- but there's no break-neck snap between sensibilities, everything flows smoothly, the dense sounds suggesting that the songs are a bit more complicated than they actually are. Most of the songs here betray Beck's roots as an anti-folk singer -- he reworks blues structures ("Devil's Haircut"), country ("Lord Only Knows," "Sissyneck"), soul ("Hotwax"), folk ("Ramshackle") and rap ("High 5 [Rock the Catskills]," "Where It's At") -- but each track twists conventions, either in their construction or presentation, giving this a vibrant, electric pulse, surprising in its form and attack. Like a mosaic, all the details add up to a picture greater than its parts, so while some of Beck's best songs are here, Odelay is best appreciated as a recorded whole, with each layered sample enhancing the allusion that came before. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1) Devils Haircut (03:13)
2) Hotwax (03:52)
3) Lord Only Knows (04:14)
4) The New Pollution (03:39)
5) Derelict (04:11)
6) Novacane (04:38)
7) Jack-Ass (04:00)
8) Where It's At (05:25)
9) Minus (02:32)
10) Sissyneck (04:02)
11) Readymade (02:43)
12) High 5 (Rock the Catskills) (04:10)
13) Ramshackle (04:49)

Album
Odelay
Publisher
Universal Distribution
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
Odelay | Beck