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Beck ~ Odelay
Beck brags here that he's "got two turntables and a microphone." He also has a sweeping aesthetic that sees no reason why musical allusions to hip-hop, the Beatles, James Brown, punk, Gram Parsons, cool jazz, and Dylan can't coexist in the same song. Throughout, he rap-sings with sincere irony--I bet he laughs at the sight of a jump-suited Elvis, then cries when the King starts to sing--and Odelay's rich collage of sound may very well prove a prediction of the future. If he ever finds the courage to can the loopy metaphors and just tell a story, he could take over the world. --David Cantwell
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Beck’s lyrics are just as full of random, noisy, but cool imagery. Beck also plays a large mix of styles, from the rock of Devils Haircut, to the country twangs present in Lord Only Knows and Sissyneck, to the hip-hop and rap of Where It’s At and many other songs, to the slower songs of Jack-Ass and Ramshackle. The way his songs play out remind me of abstract art, full of unclear meaning. The lucid moments are interrupted by abstraction, though I prefer the more lucid parts, which is why the odd Novacane and High 5 (Rock the Catskills) don’t work for me. I know Beck is well-loved, and I do like this album overall, but I don’t love it. The style isn’t for me. Then again, maybe with more listens it will grow on me.
I won't go into how great of this album is, as anyone can see from all the great reviews for this album here. Major standouts on this album starts from the beginning with "Devil's Haircut" to the well known "Where Its At?" where Beck has his saying "I got two turntables and a microphone...". Another great song on the album is "Novacane" as well as "Jack @ss". The latter song has a cool mellow kind of vibe that Beck's voice matches.
Overall Odelay is a fantastic album that is great to enjoy. If you are new to Beck, I recommend you start with this one because this album is one of his best (as opposed to his depressing feelings style on his later albums), especially those who like artists who are as versitle as Beck was on this album. The album is very lively and theres hardly any dull moment here, and it is sure to keep your interest all throughout here. Peace.
Guest Appearances: N/A
Musical Vibes: A+
Top 5 Tracks:
1. Where It's At?
3. Devils Haircut