Odelay (album) by Beck

Odelay
Odelay by Beck
Year: 1996
Overall rank: 220th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 1,142 votes)
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Award Top 5 albums of 1996 (4th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (45th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (220th)
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Rating:  
80/100
From 04/19/2020 18:37
Highlights:

Where It's At
Devils Haircut
The New Pollution
Jack-Ass
Hotwax
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70/100
From 03/06/2020 11:32
Listening this back, I really enjoy the Dust Brothers' intermezzos, after which I have to sit through verses and choruses of Beck's mediocre, occasionally okay songwriting. It makes me wonder why they settled as producers and didn't just go solo as their Chemical nephews. "But Beck also produced this", yeah, I've heard Mellow Gold, and that ain't this.
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From 12/29/2019 20:38
A smorgasboard of sounds and lyrics.
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90/100
From 12/24/2019 02:54
Whilst for me, the individual tracks may range in mixed ratings from good, great, excellent and brilliant (no duds!), it is definitely a case I feel that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Take the time, relax and play the entire album as it's an interesting, diverse, talented, fun, but yet still a cohesive play. Enjoy!
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Rating:  
80/100
From 11/27/2019 17:58
Listening to this album for the first time in 2019 is tough- I know that there's a huge Beck fanbase out there and I've been trying to find out why on my own. I really didn't like Mellow Gold at all and I feel like, though this album is a massive improvement, there's still a lot Beck leaves on the table. Maybe it's the lo-fi sound that I don't fully gravitate towards (my favorites on the album are the more well-produced songs with a lot going on), or maybe I just haven't understood the apathetic nature of his mid-90s lyricism and vocalization. I think maybe this album is very much a product of its time- I compare it to a mixture of Cake and Fastball.
But there's definitely improvement from 1994 for Beck. I still look forward to delving further into my investigation, especially now that his successive albums tend to favor different genres and better production (from the songs I've heard so far), but I remain trepidatious.
Favorite Tracks: The New Pollution, Where It's At, Minus
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70/100
From 10/10/2019 13:16
Really good album.

Favorites: Hotwax; Novacane; Where It's At.
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85/100
From 07/18/2019 17:37
Consistently good album.
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60/100
From 06/16/2019 11:33
As a huge fan of 'Mellow Gold' I recall buying this CD the moment it came out in 1996 ( in fact I have the "Australian Tour Edition" that came with a 5 track Bonus CD , but I digress ) and I contend to this day its a tad over rated . The singles are excellent in "Devils Haircut" , "The New Pollution" , "Where it's At" and "Sissyneck" plus the excellent tracks "Minus" and "Ramshackle" . Unfortunately there are too many ho-hum tracks filling out the rest of the album and for me this is a real bummer

IMHO this album is good but far from great
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80/100
From 05/06/2019 12:32
This is another album I've only heard in 2018 and was immediately impressed - recognising the top singles New Pollution, Where It's At, Sissyneck and Jack-Ass. Never really put together this was the same guy or album back then else I would have got this album much sooner.
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100/100
From 03/04/2019 15:55
If I had to give the Rock Innovation Award, Beck would be the ideal recipient. "Odelay" undeniably appears as the greatest stroke of genius but also the biggest risk taking that Beck has taken during his career.
Between big mix anything and total experimental, Beck tries everything and in almost every possible way, sometimes starting from scratch. Naïve little smiling voice here, heart-rending cries there, a little more hilarious song still here ... A little bit of everything but still in the same register: Optimistic and Merry.
This optimistic and cheerful feeling that rocks you all along the album, which rhythm of the original way the disc can not leave you indifferent.
An album incomparable in the genre, often imitated, never equaled.
Beck will never again reproduce such an album of its kind.
He seems to have definitely taken other routes (Rather bad elsewhere). Coaching and very innovative, this album will always remain as the best album of Beck's discography. For me, this album is a sublime mix of all genres of Rock, the best experimental rock album of all time.

10/10

Best track: "Devils Haircut"
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Best Albums of 1996
1. Pinkerton by Weezer
2. If You're Feeling Sinister by Belle And Sebastian
3. Endtroducing..... by DJ Shadow
4. Odelay by Beck
5. Ænima by Tool
6. Long Season by フィッシュマンズ [Fishmans]
7. Soundtracks For The Blind by Swans
8. Tigermilk by Belle And Sebastian
9. Sublime by Sublime
10. Everything Must Go by Manic Street Preachers
11. Richard D. James Album by Aphex Twin
12. ATLiens by OutKast
13. On Avery Island by Neutral Milk Hotel
14. Murder Ballads by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
15. Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z
16. Being There by Wilco
17. The Score by Fugees
18. Beautiful Freak by Eels
19. This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About by Modest Mouse
20. New Adventures In Hi-Fi by R.E.M.
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