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From the opening fuzz-riff of “Devils Haircut” (which Beck yanked from Them) to the unforgettable chant of “two turntables and a microphone” on “Where It’s At,” Odelay defines a moment in the mid-'90s like few others. Impossibly rich with ideas and invention—a hip-hop groove underpins the countryfied tune “Lord Only Knows”—the album continues to stun. It’s also proof that Beck has been a wildly imaginative, peerless talent from day one.

Customer Reviews

Still holds up 12 years later

This album is consistently listed on "best albums of all time" lists (see e.g. Rolling Stone's best of all time list), and with good reason. Twelve years after its release, I still love throwing this disc in the CD player, or listening to its eccentric beats on my iPod at work. It's a masterpiece. No one song is particularly spectacular after all these years, but very few albums have such consistently great songs as this one does. If you like laid-back rock with a bit of a different sound, this album is definitely for you. But you probably already knew that.

No nonsense

This album is so excellent! I was shocked to see the release date of the album because it meant I probably bought it the day it came out! I remember loving this album and playing it constantly at full blast in my 1990 K-Car.

As far as the last review goes, sure the lyrics are not sensical always but that was Beck's style back in the day with his stream of consciousness lyrics akin to jazz improvisations but with lyrics instead. The beats are wonderful, and I believe the dust brothers contributed their talents to that. So, check the album out or if you are like me, check it again and enjoy the great beats and wonderfully bizarre lyrics of a musical phenom!

**** out of 5

more nonsense

The majority of this album is just nonsense. Insturments, I'm using a very loose term for inturment, are coming in and out of the mix like their stuck in a revolving door. Beck continues to sing like he is bored and unsure of what he is saying, which makes sense considering he isn't very coherent with any stament on any song. He does convey his musicianship when, through all that, the songs are still decent listening material with the funky hip hop of "Where it's at" or the rocking out on "Novocane". It is a great nonsense album.


Born: July 08, 1970 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Initially pegged as the voice of a generation when "Loser" turned into a smash crossover success, Beck wound up crystallizing much of the postmodern ruckus inherent in the '90s alternative explosion, but in unexpected ways. Based in the underground anti-folk and noise-rock worlds, Beck encompassed all manner of modern music, drawing in hip-hop, blues, trash rock, pop, soul, lounge music -- pretty much any found sound or vinyl dug up from a dusty crate -- blurring boundaries and encapsulating how...
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