Beck – Odelay

Here’s where Beck’s mash-up of styles and sounds took the success of Loser and won him widespread acceptance and . I mean, I heard Devil’s Haircut over the tinny speakers at my work. Hilarious to watch the customers wonder at the screaming in the ending part… anyway. Add in Where It’s At, The New Pollution, Sissyneck, and Jack-Ass (as singles) and it’s all there. Probably my favourite is Lord Only Knows, though. Novacane got a lot of play in my time, it was on a compilation CD I got at Edenfest in the 90s even though he didn’t perform at that festival. But the whole album hangs together well, and it’s probably his most popular record. It makes all kinds of Best Albums lists, not just of the 90s.

This was interesting (haha Malkmus), and the track listing is here.

And that’s the end of the Beck, for me. I know he’s grown, changed, become more… I’ve owned others of his albums –  I remember liking Sea Change well enough, and Midnight Vultures had some fun tracks. But for some reason, they don’t tend to stick around as long. And so it goes. 

 

Posted on 2021-01-21, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Never a huge Beck fan, but that Mop Dog is amazing!!

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  2. It does strike the right balance between his early phase and his more mature later stuff.

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  3. jprobichaud

    Yeah, this was my favourite Beck album for sure. Love the New Pollution.

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  4. One of my favourite albums of ever ever. I think I was 18 when I got my paws on a copy of the CD (my bestest pal bought me it as a gift) and that was that. A forever album.

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    • Right on! It certainly has everything to recommend it! Did you stay on the Beck train after that?

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      • Absolutely, aye… he’s made a helluva lot of essential (to me) albums since this one even if they lack the bonkersness of this one (that said, Midnite Vultures is outrageously off the map and Guero is a very fine and fair slice of bonkersness).

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        • Bonkersness… now I wanna revisit, see if my earlier assessments were accurate or summarily dismissive…

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          • Guero is definitely one that seems to be a bit overlooked. I don’t know if that’s the result of it coming after Sea Change, which seemed to result in a bit of a, eh, sea change with Beck’s approach (more mature and less bonkers). I think some folks held it up against Odelay, which was never a fair fight. It’s incredibly consistent, catchy, accessible, but also has those moments that wouldn’t be out of place on Odelay. If you were to ask me where it ranks in Beck’s catalogue, I’d likely say top 3.

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  5. Was that a Kurt Vonnegut quote I read at the end?

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