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Odelay

Beck

1996

Odelay

Album Summary

Odelay is the fifth studio album by American musician Beck, released on June 18, 1996, by DGC Records. The album featured several successful singles, including "Where It's At", "Devils Haircut", and "The New Pollution", and peaked at number sixteen on the Billboard 200. As of July 2008, the album had sold 2.3 million copies in the United States, making Odelay Beck's most successful album to date. Since its release, the album has appeared in numerous publications' lists of the greatest of the 1990s and of all time.

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Rating

3.5

Votes

5459

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

I loved this period in the 90s when the floodgates were temporarily opened to allow for truly unique and idiosyncratic music to make it's way into the mainstream. Record labels were taking chances again, trying to find the next unpredictability big thing in the wake of Nirvana's success and the creation of the "Alternative" classification. Is Alternative still a thing or has that simply evolved into Indie? Had Beck come up in any other time period I think he would have remained a fascinating sort of semi-outsider artist that was beloved in hip circles, but because he came up when he did, he was able to really let his musical ideas run wild and we're all the better for it. As a lad, I really identified with Beck's whole approach. His melding of genres, his surreal lyrics laced with humor, his thrift store hodgepodge aesthetic, his back catalog of smaller indie records that revealed his true range and depth, and then of course records like this one that showed he was capable of practically creating a genre of his own. In my opinion this record temporarily broadened the palette for pop music in the 90s and early 2000s; loosening genre barriers, interweaving samples more fluidly, allowing for more esoteric material, and essentially popularizing a sort of free wheeling collage aesthetic outside of a purely hip hop context. Though "Mellow Gold" is great and "Loser" was, and still remains, his biggest hit, I fear Beck would have remained a one hit wonder had he not met up with The Dust Brothers. They were able to give his musical vision the scale, flow, and shine it needed to cement his appeal with a mass audience. Together they made something that was not only unique and innovative and fresh, but something that was fun as hell. One of the first real big shows I ever went to was seeing him play on the "Odelay" tour with The Roots as the opener. Man, it was a good time. Almost as good a time as I had blasting this album on repeat from a boombox in the backseat of my friend's car during the summer of '96.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

This was very obviously a Beck album from the first song. He seems to skip from genre to genre in a care-free manner but he manages to keep a consistent theme through the album as well. Hotwax is country and High 5 is hip hop and other songs are blues. I see where he got his reputation as being able to master any musical genre. Fav songs: Devils Haircut, Hotwax, Ramshackle

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Yes

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

A bizarre yet unique trip through the imagination of alternative rock and hip hop. Not always spot on, but a darn good experience. Favorites: "Devils Haircut", "Where It's At", "Ramshackle"

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

I had picked up this album a while back, and at the time I did not really care for it. Think I sold it back. It's interesting how my taste has evolved, because listening to it now I am really enjoying it. Maybe it's the wide range of songs, or my larger appreciation of Beck in general, but it's just got something to it. Call it a swagger, call it what you will. It reminds me a lot of Beastie Boys' "Ill Communication," but in a good way. The big hit songs are great, but the other tracks stand by themselves, too. Really surprising to me.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
2

This truly was a huge disappointment for me. A Grammy winning album that is jumping from genre to genre with each song, each time in a worse manner while sounding awfully a lot like Kid Rock

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Tue Jul 12 2022
2

Everybody's gonna throw rocks at me, but... I never got into Beck's music. All the songs seem to me a collage of somewhat haphazard ideas. There's a lot of work and pretty innovative stuff, but unfortunately it never becomes memorable or catchy (at least for me). It was like 52 minutes of "oh yeah, we're gonna put a tambourine there, oh and a robot voice here... And a sampling of that song at this moment", but it remains irrelevant at each time. Sorry. :(

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Tue Nov 03 2020
5

Wait, this is where I meant to put the Quintessential Beck comment. It's a dope ass album, and like most Beck albums are pretty solid even over 20 years later.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

Beck rules, no idea how he does it but I look forward to every song as they come next. This album is so good and has so many hits on it, but even the non singles are great. Will listen to again

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

Sweet album. So completely unpredictable makes it really fun to listen to, and even with the mix of genres and random noises popping into songs they are still super enjoyable. 7/10

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Thu Jun 24 2021
2

People say this album is ahead of its time and groundbreaking. I say its a pretentious mess of experimentation that doesn't work.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
2

A somewhat strange album in the sense that I don't get the hype. A couple tracks are pretty good but a lot of them are just nonsense. Album felt scatterbrained even though I normally like eclectic albums.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
1

I did not enjoy this album at all. It was a bit too electronic for my taste. The hip-hop inspiration felt a bit too messy so I couldn't really find anything to enjoy besides the last song.

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Mon Dec 28 2020
5

I like the instrumentation a lot, there’s some really cool samples and beats (guessing from the Dust Brothers) and some odd but fun grooves. Some cool effects to go along with some eccentric lyrics. Like his deep voice and some of the country inspired tunes. Not as strong at the end. Still a really good album though

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Love this man

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Heard it before. Nice nostalgia. Better than I remembered.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Great album!!

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Noise jams, reminds me of childhood.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
5

Probably my favorite Beck album. It’s what he’s known for, genre-surfing. It’s got hip hop, acoustic, electronic, indie rock, all of it. If you are going to recommend a Beck album, it’s most likely this one. Favorite track: Devil’s Haircut Least favorite track: Computer Rock

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Sat May 01 2021
5

Fuck yeah what a freaky little album beautiful sax flutters throughout (especially Where It's At) excellent outros on Hotwax and Novacane (and a Daft Punk sample?), all the weird little dial tones, big cuica time in the bridge of High 5 (sick track overall).. heaps of cool little moments that culminate in an overall excellent listening experience.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Very much enjoyed this.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Great Album! I'm also a fan of Midnight Vultures.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

Still awesome and bonkers.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Really great. He messed around with synths alot on this album and I loved how chill it was.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

still sounds fresh.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

One of my favorite Beck albums. Little of everything, and songs that get stuck in your head.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Great album, full of memorable radio singles

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Singing along with every word. I had this album from its release day. Fabulous in its entirety.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

One of my favorite albums. Unique and weird and quirky and funny and funky. It was awesome then and it’s awesome now.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

This was great. So much more than just the singles.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Where has Beck been all my life?

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Mon Jul 05 2021
5

Most radical.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

Very cool album!

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

Dope tbh

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Love this album

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Mon May 31 2021
5

holy shit that was weird

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Well it was Rock ? Good one actually... something different great lyrics ! A long one appearantly.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
5

It's Beck...it's great.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

I like it, will remember it. That is a sign i heaven, and I buy it if I find it to resonable prices ;)

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Wed Aug 11 2021
5

I put Beck in the rare air of Miles Davis, Prince, Trent Reznor, and a few others. Creative and talented on a different level.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
5

I love that Beck has always just defied boundaries. This album is now exception. Still as fresh as day one. Love that extended bonus content too.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

Yes, Beck was great on this.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

Siempre Beck

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

This was a favorite of mine in high school and still holds up well. If anything I appreciate it more now. He is a master of seamlessly integrating disparate noises, sounds, screams, etc into songs in a way that feels effortless, and somehow correct.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

Love it.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

When I first heard Beck, I thought this acoustic guitar-playing skinny white "loser" wouldn't amount to much. He had a hit and I didn't care for his music at the time. Boy, was I wrong! He has created an incredible catalog of critically acclaimed albums, it's music in a wide range of genres and his influence on popular music can't be denied. He has released some flat-out great records and Odelay might be his best! I reserve my judgement until I listen to all his albums.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

One of the only CDs I had in my car for a long time. Listened to it many times, still one of my favorites.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Vraiment bon, j’ai adore, le style est bien a lui, la musique , le son, la prod tout est a1 5*

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

One of my favourite albums ever

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

Although I had owned Beck's Mellow Gold, for some reason I didn't listen to Odelay back in the day although I was familiar with the big hits ("Devil's Haircut," "The New Pollution," and "Where It's At"). Beck uses distortion, samples and effects quite a bit on Odelay. This was front-of-mind after struggling to cope with The Jesus and Mary Chain's heavy use of distortion. I never struggled with Beck - I enjoyed the gritty distorted parts, the donkeys braying, distortion on the instruments and vocals, the record scratches and the other unique sonic touches scattered throughout. They worked well here and mostly enhanced the listening experience. I love the laid-back nature of Odelay. Lots of eclectic styles to discover: the exotic sounds of "Derelict," the driving "Devil's Haircut," the down-homey "Hotwax," the harder edged "Novacane," the dreamy "Jack-Ass," the punk-like "Minus," the twangy "Sissyneck," the out-there-sample-laden "High 5 (Rock The Catskills)," the quiet "Ramshackle." All the songs feel really unique, interesting and still coherent together as an album. Beck's music is really unique and at times weird and wild while still managing to be cool, unassuming and surprisingly approachable. It didn't immediately demand a 5 from me, but I'm happy to give it a 5 'cause I got nothing but praise for it. Odelay is doing its own thing and doing it really, really well.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

I capital L-O-V-E about half the tracks on this album. The loud, fuzzy downbeat of Devil's Haircut is a tremendous start for an album and the rest of the song is great --- gotta love a song with the word "leprous" in it. I also love the lyrically absurd Hotwax ("in the chain-smoke Kansas flashdance ass pants") and its extensive instrumentation --- there's some jazzy Charlie Brown piano in the background for just a few seconds near the ass pants line and some steel guitar that are both just delightful. Jack-Ass and Ramshackle are mellow, almost plaintive, and lovely. My other faves include The New Pollution (of course) and Where It's At (of course of course) and also the country-tinged Sissyneck. Beck's varied instruments and styles, clever sampling, and singable tunes make me a fan.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

I am familiar with Beck and this album has been living in my library since it was new in the 90s. I am a fan! I enjoy the mixing, sampling, and the variety of musical style performed by this artist.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

I hate finding something like this that I should have gotten 25 years ago. I really love it. "Devil's Haircut" and "Where It's At" played pleasantly in my background in the 90s, and I suspected that I might like Beck, but I never pursued his music as I ought to have. I love this whole thing lots. Its trip through genres is a trip I loved. Although I would like to share my affection for each track, I will just share my favorite pants-related lyrics from three different songs: "In the chain-smoke Kansas flashdance ass pants" "Going back to Houston/To get me some pants" "Okay, now do like designer jeans [...] ooh, la la Sasoon"

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

A really good album post punk can be very divisive but this is just good music played well it doesnt soften too much that it loses its roots

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

Such a great, diverse, funky record. One of my faves from my fave Scientologist.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
5

so I listened to his first two albums to get ready for this (his third one) first album was Mellow Gold, punk meets indie, like a pre-Hobo Johnson 10/10 second album took a SHARP turn into blues territory, pretty good 7/10 now this third album goes back to the style of the first one for the most part, I’ll give it a 9/10, really good

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Круто 🤠

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Two Beck albums on consecutive days, what could be better? This album was one that I loved when I was younger, and it really holds up. The Dust Brothers were the perfect pairing for Beck. Everything on this album just works. There's not a single song that I don't enjoy or that doesn't fit 5/5

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Really nice easy listening album

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Beck's 5th studio album was in my opinion his best. It encompasses many styles of music and is a joy to listen to. Easily one of my top 20 albums of the 1990's.It’s chaotic, eclectic, inspired, and occasionally lucid and beautiful.Rap, grunge, blues,folk and country, garage, rock, electro, exotica, old-and pinches of noise rock are the ingredients that make this album into one beautiful big mix of magic.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Very very very different to what I was expecting, my only previous exposure to Beck was Mermaid Avenue so. Beck sounds a lot cooler than he looks , which is lucky cos he looks a bit of a twat. Such a wide range of influences and styles but all blended together so cohesively, on another couple listens it probably will be a 5/5 so fuck it.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

Iconic. One of his best

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Excellent

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

Sporo naprawdę niesamowicie ciekawych dźwięków, które bardzo mocno mnie wyciągały z czegokolwiek co robiłem w tym czasie i zmuszały do wyłącznego rozkoszowania się muzyką. Ogólnie bardzo dobry balans spokoju i normalnej muzyki z nagłym uderzeniem "dzwiekuw przeruznyh". "Hotwax" wywarło na mnie ogromne wrażenie, razem z kilkoma innymi jak "Novacane" i "Derelict", z resztą niewiele było naprawdę niememorable utworów. Moim zdaniem album, które absolutnie zasłużenie znajduje się w tym zestawieniu.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

Perfect

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Tue May 03 2022
5

Excellent. Varied grooves, song structures, instrumentation. Really inventive and a great listen.

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Wed May 04 2022
5

Listen to this album countless times in high school, love Beck

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Thu May 05 2022
5

Þessi plata er eiginlega einn stór banger. Elska sándið. Elska ryþmann.

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Mon May 09 2022
5

It's like every existing genre in the '90s got together and threw a party. This mess has no business being this good! PS. The deluxe version's cover seems more fitting for this album.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Holy crap what genre even IS this?! Obviously we are heavily rooted in alt rock here, but he really loves to experiment with sound bytes and styles in a very tasteful way. I love the ebb and flow of pure chaotic screaming to a smooth country tune, to 90's rap and DJ scratches, to an Arabian desert, to electronic beeps and boops!?! I really love this and he deserves all of the recognition he has received.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Manic and experimental, wild and weird, there’s nothing quite like it. So many of these songs (and the entire album in general) feel haphazard and randomly stitched together and yet everything clicks. Every sudden genre switch, every vocal effect and every sound effect feels like it’s right where it’s supposed to be. I’d love to learn more about the editing and mixing of this album. It’s perfectly paced and sequenced. Beck knows when to push it and when to reward the listener. The easy, country vibe of “Jack-Ass,” for example, feels like a cool breeze after the chaos that comes before it. Fun, playful and insanely entertaining.

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Sat May 28 2022
5

L’essence de Beck est dans cet album. Loser sur Mellow Gold est sa meilleure pièce. Odelay est son meilleur album.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

It's not often a musician comes along and writes fundamentally new music that is still "listenable". The really great thing is Beck has done it more than once. There are lots of guys like Glass and Reich who break the boundaries, but their music isn't "listenable". It's studiable, if that's a word. I would literally use Reich to clear a restaurant of stragglers after closing.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

Boy I've not heard this in ages and it's great to hear it again. If anything it's better- a post-modern eclectic mixture that rolls on never staying in one place. I can understand it doesn't appeal to all tastes but it appeals to mine. Kinda grungey and laid back folky with samples and splurges and hooks that disappear off.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

I love this album. All of its weirdness is perfectly aligned.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

No one is creative in quite the same way as Beck Hansen. His music is incredibly adventurous while also being very deliberately crafted. It has a loose and diverse feel stylistically, floating effortlessly through sounds and genres like colors on a painter's palette. The songs are funky and groove-full, blippy and noisy, insouciant but playful, and gleefully strange. This is an incredibly engaging and fun album to listen to. Fave songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): The New Pollution, Where It's At, Devils Haircut, Ramshackle, High 5 (Rock the Catskills), Lord Only Knows, Sissyneck, Hotwax, Readymade, Minus, Derelict, Novacane, Computer Rock

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

An incredibly solid album, though personally a few rungs down the ladder when I want to listen to some Beck. Just great to have so many genres and styles mashed together and come out sounding so good. I need to be listening to the other 1001 albums, but I just want to listen more Beck now...

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

That distorted screaming at the end of Devil's Haircut isn't made in anger, and it's not felt in anger. It's an expression of the joy of expression itself, and it makes you want to smile and scream along too. It's the removal of the shackles of genre. Does anyone remember the "anything but rap or country" saying? Surely this album killed it. I'll take rock in my rap in my country in my samples in my hip hop if it makes me smile like this. If you start to wonder whether he's serious, the penultimate heartfelt Ramshackle is a highlight. Capped off by the fart of Computer Rock, as if to say, I'm serious, but not *that* serious.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Absolutely classic album of the nineties. Way ahead of his time, his sound influenced a lot of acts down the road.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

Discazo. Beck rompiendo todo. Estructuras dislocadas, melodías imposibles, armonías delirantes. Baterías sampleadas mezcladas con acordeones narcocorridas y guitarras saturadas de distorsión. Y una hermosa pulsión que nunca para siempre para adelante.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

Beck slaps

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Classic that I could throw on any time

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Jack-ass is a favourite

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

A refreshing return to "classic Beck"

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Really had fun listening to this one. So many different things going on and it all works in one big musical collage. Leaves me feeling with the anything that anything is possible in music. Some thoughts on each tune as I listen through Devils hair cut: great beat Drums sound soooo good Cool random poetic sounding lyrics “Bad” guitar solo When guitar doubles bass and distorted vocals soo cool Hot wax: more noises feedback guitar solo hooks and distorted vocals on chorus “Karaoke weekend at the suicide shack” Love the enchanted wizard of rhythm bit Jack ass- great melodic bass. sonically pleasing textures New pollution- great pop tune. I like all the retro 60’s stuff. Pretty much the same bass line as taxman :) Lord only knows: cool fake out intro Punk/ country. He’s such a great singer but can just throw away a vocal too. Derelict- cool persuasion. And droney stuff. Novacane- sick groove love the sample of the hits on the sus chord before the first verse. So many sounds on this one! This is where I realized the beauty of this album is that anything and everything fits. Not in a cheesy way but beck really beautifully uses stuff from all genres and he treats all these little genre cliches not like a schticky or exploitational way but like a painter that is using all the colors in his palette. Where it’s at- love this one! Another great bad guitar solo I like the samples on this record- I went to Whosampled.com to try and check out where everything g came from. Way cooler than anything on that David Holmes album we listened to. He gave a shoutout to Gary Wilson so I had to check him out -super weird vocals Minus- cool punky grungy. I guess this is the oddball track on an album that’s already weird all over the place Sissyneck- like the country guitars and dial-tone synths Ready made- cool bass line lots of dissonances over it. Close harmonies in the low vocals is a cool sound High five( rock the Catskills) - more super weird stuff all over the place. classical interlude in the middle Ramshackle- Charlie Haden on upright bass:) Bob Dylan vibes on verses. Cool contrast on chorus. Mostly just one chord so when they do the 2 chord it feels special. Cool contrast having a tune this static placed in this spot of the album.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Pretty good, entertaining & better than I expected

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

T3B 1. Devil’s Haircut 2. Derelict 3. Hotwax This album takes me to a great spot in life. Beck IS the enchanting wizard of rhythm. It’s a masterpiece; it’s also a 5!

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Classic

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Seminal album. Arguably Beck's finest effort as it is still filled with purposeful experimentation and not the dry cynicism of some of his later stuff. Very much a snapshot of the potential of music back in `96

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

A weird album from a weird guy. Just like me.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

I expected to like this album going into it, but I was surprised by how much I liked it. I don't have much experience with Beck's music, but I'm glad to say I enjoyed this album. The music often takes unexpected turns that leave me pleasantly surprised. My favourite song was Ramshackle.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Dude was of his time and somehow way ahead of his team, especially on this classic album. White folk lost their collective shit upon release, with good reason. This shit is so fucking good it almost makes me forget that Beck dabbled in Scientology.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

Great album with amazing production

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

Class album, great to chill out to.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

Masterpiece.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Maybe favorite album of all time PREFS: TOUT MOINS PREF: RIEN

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Great album, ended up listening to it twice as I was having a rough morning. 2nd listen was much better and reminded me how unique and inventive Beck was back in the mid 90s. It may be a bit disjointed with all the genre melding but I think that's part if what makes it awesome. It's list wirthy

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

This is my favorite album of the 90s

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Hell yeah brother woohoo love this Beck fella

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

I can't say enough about this album. The more I think about it...I feel this one shaped a lot of current musical tastes over 25 years later. Such an amazing album front to back...the production is absolutely amazing. For a long time I considered this to be my favorite album, and I am glad to see it hold up till today. 5/5

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Fuck it I’ll give five stars this album is dope.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

A great album. One of my favorite indie rock albums. The album is consistently good with a lot of heat songs.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

Better than Mellow Gold. The whole album holds up and Where It's At is the lynch pin to the whole thing. Also, check out The Frogs, where the "that was a good drum break" comes from.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Pretty close to a 5…. Proper record this; goes all over the place, in a good way!!

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Mon Nov 30 2020
4

hmm very interesting. Apparently that jumping thing is a breed of dog - the rare Hungarian Komondor? Thought it was just some abstract mop looking object being thrown over a barrier

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Tue Nov 03 2020
4

Quintessential Beck. Break Beats and Beatin his own meat

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

Gort album med gode toner og musikstykker. Desværre ødelægger den råbende forvrængede stemme flere af numrene. Men mange gode sange 3,5

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

loved it, I need to listen to more beck

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Strong album from a good rocker with, to my surprise, a couple of big hits that I knew already (Devil's haircut, The New Pollution, Where it's At, ...). I like how he plays with different styles. Sometimes it's a bit too slow/expiremental for me, but that's the only reason I'm not giving 5 stars.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

One of my fave Beck albums, but y'all now I am addicted to Beck, so.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

There's a reason he's been around so long. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

Maybe a bit hard rock, but not bad - 3.5

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Interesting to revisit, can see a lot of the directions that Beck would go later in his career hinted at here. Has a lot of highlights that I had remembered, but these were also contrasted by some abrasive elements I thought didn't age as well. The squelching and yelling through a megaphone that kept popping up were way more jarring than I remembered. This listen probably explains why I don't go back and listen to the full album as often as some of his others. (His other albums with the Dust Brothers like Midnite Vultures and Guero for example) That being said, "Where It's At" is still a classic

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

I always enjoy a great beck album

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Don’t have much to say again but I liked this album a lot, a lot better than the first beck album we had.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

I missed this album. Just great.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Defininte 90's feel. Beastie Boys vibe. Okay that's what Beck sounds like

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Loved how eclectic it was, lots of different genres being fused together

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Liked every other song.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

I loved Mellow Gold and was a bit non plussed with Odelay when it first came out, but I've warmed to it. It's still very very weird, and you gotta admire than weirdness being crammed into such a catchy pop sound. Fave track - "Minus", maybe? Though all the tracks released as singles are banging. Also really like "Ramshackle", as I like Beck in mellow mode...

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Quintessential 90s alternative music. I grew up to this.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

I liked it, but I can't explain why...

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Beck is weird, but it often is good weird. Hard to explain.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

This is good but Loser is not on it

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Good

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

At the time it was hailed as a masterpiece. Not that great in my opinion, but still one of the best records of the ear and a milestone of first part of the 90s

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Sat May 01 2021
4

I liked it a lot! But I like Beck and this was fun

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

Beck’s combo of ennui and irony really depresses me but this is one of his strongest albums so I’ll be kind

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Album très cool 👍🏻

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

just good beck fun and some nonsense. Like all his albums really. It's probably a 3.5 but voting 4 as better than some other 3's..

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

classsic psyché rock

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Another highschool banger. Blasted this in my cd player while working on the raspberry harvesters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iXJFDoKEvI&ab_channel=OxboInternational

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

The Thetans probably blessed him for this one. I remember listening to this at Brett Dullum’s house way back when. Beck is like the love hold of Hip Hop and Bob Dylan, multisyllabic, long winded flowing over dope breaks. I hear Dan the Automator of Dr. Octagon, Lovage fame, The Gorillas, The Avalanches, Fat Boy Slim; white boy break beat samples both expansive and diverse. I like a lot of his simpler 4 piece songs without samples. There are three more experimental songs on this album that I find nearly unlistenable. But the greatness overpowers some stinkers, and one of the stinkers has a great breakdown. Solid B+. 4 .

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

אחלה

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Takes me back to 1995-96 (got a Devil's haircut).

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Some of this is great, some of this is hard to listen to. Kelly wanted to stab herself in the neck with a pair of scissors.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

This is what would pop up in my mind when thinking of a way to describe alternative music. Catchy tunes, great use of samples, an excellent first impression of the artist.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Probably Beck’s best, lots of good songs and not much filler

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Wed May 19 2021
4

I enjoyed it much more than I remember. Maybe my taste in music and appreciation of Back has changed over the years

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Not bad, this Beck album is pretty good

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Buen album, minus siempre sera una favorita, más que las demás

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Beck ! Odelay - Reminds my of 'The Kinks' meets 'Beastie Boys' at times - Psychedelia sound reminiscent of The Beatles - Hotwax was an instant favourite 'Where It's At' I remember hearing this before, great song Ramshackle a definite favourite, very mellow great closing track

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Beck I need in small doses. This is a good album, a lot of solid sonic ideas floating around, but after one too many tracks it just becomes a mash. It’s just kind of what happens when “idea stew” is your approach to anything artistic rather than a definitive vision, and I really get that sense from Beck. Favourite track: “Jack-Ass”

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

Genius stuff

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Highly inventive alt-rock. Not really to my taste, but undoubtedly worth listening to.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Kinda sad that Beck's a scientologist

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Cool album. A real kitchen sink full of ideas and styles. 4 🌟

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

Beck at his best It sees all of the ideas Beck put forward with Mellow Gold get fleshed out and expanded upon to create a real gem of an album

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

Cool album. A real kitchen sink full of ideas and styles. 4 🌟

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Solid album but none of the Beck singles that I’m super familiar with

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Sat Sep 11 2021
4

This is a mostly fantastic album. There are quite a few duds but the good songs more than make up for it.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

This is the Beck I know from high school - a mix of live instruments and samples, digital and analog, with the slacker/stoner drawl tying it all together.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

a weird kind of album with a layed back feel to it that

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

High points for creativity. There isn't much that sounds like this, and there's enough songs that deliver, that the album is entertaining (though Derelict is certainly a pass).

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

Not really sure how to categorize this album other than, "I dig it". Just some really great tracks.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
4

A very good album - I can see why it is on the list but I could never get fully into it - tried again yesterday after 20 years or so, still the same.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Neat mashup of genres here. Some hip-hop (very Beastie Boys), some hard rock, and some metal elements. I like the samples too.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

It's fucking weird right? I don't have a lot experience with Beck at all. I know loser, which is a fucking bop and a half. However, with this album, I got nothing. It's weird. The samples are out there, Novacanes ending with the weird spaceship-hip-hop beat. Beck is rapping over this right? As weird as it is, it is equally as fun. Just plain old fun man.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

I enjoyed it

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

hidden gem of an album!

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

I remember downloading this album a long time ago and checking it out. I deleted it from my computer shortly after. Regardless, I decided to go into this with a fresh outlook. Who knows, maybe I'd like it more now. Well, that turned out to be exactly true. This is much better than I remember it being. There are some hit or miss areas, but I admire the diversity of sounds and meshing of genres. Despite that, it still maintains a cohesive sound. This is definitely a record that will grow on me over time., as proven already.

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Sat Dec 11 2021
4

Knew a few songs already but all in all pretty good!

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs:

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Didn't like the last 2 tracks and considered giving this a 3 star but the rest of it is brilliant.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Solid. Beck has always had good songs but I wasn't sure whether he had good albums from front to back. This one was pretty good. I feel like Kid Rock stole his country rock meets rap alternative approach from this album. Kudos Beck, for shame Kid Rock. The hits are well-known and well-respected (Devils Haircut, New Pollution, Where It's At) but I also thought Hotwax, Minus, High 5, and Ramshackle were particularly good lesser knowns. Overall, the album is full of songs with strange but interesting lyrics and wordplay (like most of his work), unique beats and mixes (including cool guitarwork and basslines), and plenty to keep you guessing about what it's all about. Like I said, solid.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

A good mix, got better as it went on

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

This was funky and fun and had some bangers. A totally varied album as well. Much preferred to previous Beck

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Enjoyed this one a lot.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

you already KNOW i love me a 90s alternative rock album babyyyyy. Devil's haircut is nostalgic for me. Hotwax is great! the guitar riff in the beginning reminds me of a late 70s classic rock vibe. The vocals are kind of like spoken word. love it.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

Pretty great.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

He has a way with composition, and heading in very unpredictable directions. The randomness of some lyrics sometimes feels like a bleak decoy of words due to running out of ideas. Still some great tracks

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Pretty good vibe. Beck isn't something I'd listen to of my own volition normally but really should change that. 4.5

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

A classic 90s album.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

His best

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Very good!

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

NOW that's what I call 90s indie rock

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

Kolejny Beck na liscie, tym razem z Odelay ktory byl jego sophomorowym projektem w majorowym lejbelu, ktory tez poza mellow goldem jest jak dla mnie jego najklasyczniejszym materialem, wydany w 96 przez DGC, jak reszta tworczosci Becka charakteryzuje sie tym, sporo sie na plycie dzieje jesli chodzi o instrumentale, bo o ile na poprzednim picku juz bylo widac, ze potrafi on grac na wszelakich dziwnych instruemntach, tak potwierdza to rowniez na tym krazku wyciagajac z szafy echoplexa czy pianino pod kciuka, nie zmienil sie takze zwyczaj korzystania z pomocy muzykow sesyjnych, bo rowniez sporo sie ich znalazlo na plycie, wiec co sprawia ze brzmi on tak roznie w porownaniu z sea change, z pewnoscia lirycznie jest wiekszy misz masz, bo nie ma tutaj motywu przewodniego ktory dawaly problemy milosne z okresu morzowego albumu, Beck w swoim pisaniu ma to do siebie, ze rozne osoby uslysza cos zupelnie innego sluchajac jednego kawalka, z jednej strony popowy zabieg, bo kazdy znajdzie cos dla siebie, a z drugiej sztuka jest pisac w ten sposob, ale to jednak nie od strony lirycznej czuc najwieksza roznice, a stawialbym na instrumentalno producerska, bo wiekszosc plyty zostala wyprodukowana przez duet dust brothers, ktory juz przewineli sie na liscie ukryci chocby na butiku paula od beastie boysow, wiec chyba oczywistym jest, ze to sampling bedzie czyms co wyroznia odelaya z dyskografii becka, jest ono tak ciezkie, ze czasem trudno zauwazyc gdzie grane sa zywe intrumenty, a gdzie wykorzystane sample, ale z drugiej strony jest ono tak pomyslowe i wychodzace z kartonu indyjskiego rocka, ze miejscami bardziej podchodzi pod cos elektronicznego, w pozytywnym znaczeniu tego okreslenia, dodatkowo tak chytre wykorzystanie sampli jak oslowe dzwieki na traku jackass mozna przypisac jedynie producentom najwyzszej proby, dodatkowo wreszcie rozwiazalem zagadke tajemniczej okladki, ktora w plejerze zawsze kojarzyla mi sie z jakims domkiem w stylu hawajskim ze slomiana strzecha, a okazala sie byc zdjeciem psa, owczarka wegierskiego, zwanego komondorem, dredziastego psa ktory skacze przez plotek, wiec calkiem blisko bylem ze swoja pierwotna wizja, kolejna zagadka byl sam tytul, na ktorego wyjasnienie istnieja dwie teorie, pierwsza glosi ze pochodzi od hiszpanskiego órale, ktore jest tak szerokim slowkiem, ze nawet boje sie strzelac co mialo tutaj oznaczac, zwlaszcza ze jest wykorzystane nie tylko w tytule. ale takze w tescie kawalka lord only knows, nie jest to pierwsze i ostatnie wykorzystanie hipszanskiego w swojej liryce, wiec bardzo mocna teoria, druga natomiast sugeruje, ze jest to pun od wyrazenia oh delay, bo prace nad wydaniem plyty musialy sie troche przeciagnac, skoro trwaly prawie dwa lata i prawie jak przypadku cyberpunka, przy skonczonej polowie postanowiono, ze bedzie robione od nowa, tym razem pod nadzorem produkcyjnym dustowych braciszkow, czego rezultatem jest ten uniklanie dziwny, ale jednak niesamowicie sluchalny krazek pana Becka, na plejke dodam jeszcze openingowego devils haircut i where its at, bo juz wczesniej mialem cos dodane

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

Not much to say, it's a really good album from a really good artist.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Bardzo ciekawy album. Reprezentuje taki przekrój gatunków, że widać, że jest to celowe - więc paradoksalnie tworzy się nowy koncept oparty na braku konceptu. Nic nie odstaje na plus czy na minus dla mnie, ale wszystko brzmi mocno unikalnie. Przyjemnie się tego słucha i zdecydowanie ma to miejsce w challenge'u. Niemniej jednak brak elementów wybitnych, a także fakt, że sam wokal, aranżacje itp. nie są dla mnie na 5, uważam, że normalna czwóreczka jest tu adekwatna.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Każda piosenka brzmi jakby była z innego albumu, ale w sumie spoko

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

Good, maybe should listen to it more closely though

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

This was an enjoyable relisten. I forgot how many songs were on here that are absolute bangers.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

Наконец-то дошел до этого исполнителя. Очень много был наслышан о нем и знаком с рядом песен, но до изучения дискографии не дошел. Мне нравится когда альбом нельзя причислить однозначно к какому-то жанру. Обычно, это интересные работы. Твердые 7 из 10.

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Mon May 09 2022
4

CD

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Mon May 16 2022
4

i give it 4 surprisingly! i usually dont like 90s music but this worked.

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Sat May 21 2022
4

This is the record with which Beck Hansen legitimises his charisma as the most representative singer-songwriter of the 1990s, when the wild style of rap was combined with the courtly style of the folk ballad. (7/10) FT: Jack-Ass, Novacane

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Sat May 21 2022
4

Fun album I actually knew two songs on this album!

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Mon May 23 2022
4

This album is a great one to show when showing people Beck. It's a solid representation of him: strong songwriting mixed with outstanding production techniques. Beck is such a stalwart, and I always appreciated his music and the way that he was a gateway musician to a lot of other genres. I think it's easy for a young kid to listen to this album and then get into slightly more abstract sounding indie rock for example, and I love that.

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Tue May 24 2022
4

very enjoyable !!!

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Great album

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Guero is his album that I really got into. Didnt think I had heard Odelay the whole way through but I knew pretty much all of it. This has some really good tunes; Devils Haircut, Derelict and Where It’s At are my faves

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Sat May 28 2022
4

I've had this album for 20 plus years but haven't played it for a decade at least. Its still pretty magical. The genre hopping that annoys some people works well for me. Hes equally good at fast and slow songs. An unpredictable joy. 4

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Tue May 31 2022
4

Diggaan tyylistä. Pitäis kuunnella useemmin ja tutustuu Beckiin laajemmin

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

In the time of

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

3.5/5. This album was fun, I liked it. All the songs were enjoyable.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Something new, yet a reminder of the past. Lovely.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

4.1 - this was one of the first albums I ever purchased and has a strong bit of nostalgia for me. Still holds up today - “Where it’s At”, “Novacane” and “Readymade” are all top notch.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Is he really a Scientologist?

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Kännner en... 4

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

An awesome blend of contrasting elements. Commonly featured are hip-hop beats, country licks and electric noise. Even classical music appears for a moment, only to be replaced by a wholly different potpourri of sounds. Also, great-sounding drums

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