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Odelay (album) by Beck 

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Odelay
Odelay by Beck (1996)
Overall rank: 181st   Overall chart history
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81/100 (from 1,019 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1996 (4th)
Top 50 albums of the 1990s (43rd)
Top 200 albums of all time (181st)

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From antaiospiano 11/04/2018 23:25
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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From sidneyfranklyn 05/24/2018 10:30
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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From SamAndreas 04/21/2018 07:59
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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From Musicbuff123 03/18/2018 21:20
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 08/28/2017 11:58
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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From JoaoMoreira 07/07/2017 12:08
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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From acolabella 06/05/2017 23:29
This album is so important to me. I discovered it when I most needed it in my life. Beck is kind of a freak of nature and it shows on this record.
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95/100
From CanadianGuy 02/14/2017 03:10
You can't have more 90s than this album. I love it!
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From Seab 01/24/2017 00:33
Revisited this album after not listening to it for at least a year and a half. It's as good as I had remembered.

Favorite Track: Where It's At
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From Rich150 07/19/2016 21:32
A mash-up of so many different styles but most definitely Beck. I'd forgot how much I enjoy this album but it's not up there with Morning Phase for me although that one is a more mellow offering.
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