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Editors’ Notes

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

A turning point in Music

Over the years, there have been many attempts to fuse many music genres. A couple names that pop into mind are Tom Waits and Ween. Few were as sucessful as Beck. Odelay was a strong follow up to a couple smaller scale released albums, including Mellow Gold which yielded his first hit "Loser". This album allows Beck to enter the studio with a vision and take guidance from one of the smartest production teams of the current day, The Dust Brothers. The singles that got MTV air play, such as "Where It's At" and "New Pollution", are only the start to a very smart and deep album. Blending often genre instruments, such as the slide resonator guitar, with infectious beats, Beck and the Dust Brothers craft up one of the few the albums that should be required for membership into humanity.

Optimal Sweetness.

9 years ago, my brother and i purchased the record. Since then, we both have been listening to our own cd versions. This is probably the greatest album ever created. Since it has been reviewed plenty of times already, i would like to take this chance to give appreciation to the song "Jack-Ass." This song is extremely underrated and unnoticed. Although it is primarily two chords the whole time, it is my favorite song ever written by Beck Hansen. The low register whale-call chant quality of Beck's voice and the simple acoustic guitar strums and E.P. (electric piano) lines somehow magically take you away into a magical easy-livin' dreamworld. Never have i heard such a pleasantly original blending of sounds and emotion. Beck is the man, and he will always be the best artist of all time(s). "We will...rise in the cool of the evening."

Best Beck album

Once i heard Devils Haircut I knew this was going to be a very special album. The mix of the slow acoustic song of Ramshackle to the sweet hip hop beat of Where Its At and High 5 (Rock the Catskills) and the heavy songs like Minus and Novacane. Odelay is a album that is one for the ages.


Born: July 8, 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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