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Odelay (album) by Beck

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Odelay
Odelay by Beck (1996)
Overall rank: 185th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 1,075 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 5 albums of 1996 (4th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (44th)
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Beck bestography

Odelay is ranked as the best album by Beck.

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From Brad1770
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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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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From Kurtco
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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A cada ouvido o álbum se engrandece!
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Cute idea to take two of the greatest hip hop producers and then let someone sing over it, instead of rap. But ‘cute’ doesn’t get a 10/10. Also, that was basically what Mary J. Blige was doing years before. Sure, it’s better production and more experimental, but nonetheless it doesn’t really blow me away.
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Beck’s Odelay might be the most controversial album in my top ten, it can certainly be said that its playful and elusive nature makes it stick out like a sore thumb when compared to the more earnest records I love. Beck doesn’t spill the contents of his soul writ large in tortured balladry; it’s easy to forget that before his great sea change into acoustic guitar strumming, 90s Beck was a slacker idol who suffocated any flashes of emotional intimacy with a thick blanket of eclectic production and sardonic lyrics.

Except in the times when he didn’t. The sincerity of longing for a new lover to gather the lazy bones left by the last one, might just be kept at bay by Jackass’s comic song title, but in album finale Ramshackle Beck makes us witness to his fear of becoming his addressee whose bones no lover has saved from being old and alone. The delicate strokes of the closing track echo the snarling riffs of Lord Only Knows as Beck reminds us that his devil-may-care persona isn’t performed for its own sake, but proof that he can just as easily balance the sincere alongside the apathetic.

Forget what you might think of Beck before going into this record, Odelay is solid gold.

Most of this is copied from the description of the album in my overall chart, do check it out if you have the time!!
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Where It's At is one of the best songs of the 90s but this album as a whole isn't Beck's best in my opinion.
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Great Album, has a vibe I really like. Swivels around the place keeping you interested. The rythmes are pseudo 60's remixed for the 90's.
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From wooolf
Great samples collage. Nice hiphop grooves. Cool use of 'redneck' sounds. And unpretentious! Just a mellow fool messing with sounds and music. Although experimental and eclectic, this album does not neglect songwriting quality.
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It's a good album but clearly overrated.
Beck always manages to keep things interesting all through the album but the songs are not amazing.
They have many parts which keeps the listener entertained and Devil's Haircut or New Pollution almost reach a higher ground. But most of the songs are just nice.
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