Odelay

Performers Beck

Geffen | June 19, 1996 | Compact Disc

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It’s relatively easy to make a quirky album that stands out from the crowd and grabs people’s attention. The real trick is making a follow-up that shows you have more to say than just a few wacky songs. With Odelay Beck clearly demonstrated that his range reached beyond the one-hit danger zone of Mellow Gold’s "Loser." Opening with the funky "Devil’s Haircut" and never letting up on the acceleration pedal as it passes "The New Pollution" and "Where It’s At," this is a disc that holds no albatrosses. Each song holds the potential of so many influences and future directions that you can tell that Beck has many more avenues and genres to explore and excel at.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 19, 1996

Genre: Lo Fi

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1996

Label Name: Geffen

UPC: 720642482322

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Odelay

Performers Beck
Guest Artist(s) Charlie Haden
Engineer Beck Hansen, The Dust Brothers

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 19, 1996

Genre: Lo Fi

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1996

Label Name: Geffen

UPC: 720642482322


Title Track Time
1.Devils Haircut --
2.Hotwax --
3.Lord Only Knows --
4.New Pollution, The --
5.Derelict --
6.Novacane --
7.Jack-Ass --
8.Where It's At --
9.Minus --
10.Sissyneck --
11.Readymade --
12.High 5 (Rock The Catskills) --
13.Ramshackle --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Beck Hansen (acoustic, slide & electric guitars, vocals, harmonica, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, electric piano, clavinet, organ, celest); Mike Milius (scream); Gregory Leisz (pedal steel); David Brown (saxophone); Mike Boito (trumpet, organ); Charlie Haden (bass); Joey Waronker (drums, percussion); Ross Harris. Producers: Beck Hansen, The Dust Brothers (tracks 1-8, 10-12); Beck Hansen, Mario Caldato Jr., Brian Paulson (track 9); Tom Rothrock, Rob Schnapf (track 13). Principally recorded in 1994 and 1995. Samples include "Out Of Sight" (as performed by Them), "Soul Drums" (as performed by Pretty Purdie), "Up On The Hill" (as performed by Monk Higgins & The Specialties) and "Needle To The Groove" (as performed by Mantronix). ODELAY won a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance, and "Where It's At" won a 1997 Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. ODELAY was also nominated for Album Of The Year. Like its creator's freewheeling songwriting process, ODELAY is a monument to wondrously precise pastiche. It's a glowing junkyard of musical styles, absurdist images, distorted samples, postmodern anti-emotions, you name it. Over the course of his three previous albums, Beck tinkered with more traditions and aesthetic approaches than an average cultural-studies professor sees in a career: hip-hop beats, acoustic folk-blues, indie-punk guitar squalls, DIY production, commercial smash! ODELAY accounts for all those things, too, but it also furthers the seamless, rump-shaking sheen of its collage nature, turning process into possible meaning. On one hand, the thematic darkness that hangs over most of these songs exposes Beck for the creative doomsayer he is--just another sullen young man with a gift of the native tongues. On the other, the life-affirming irreverence with which he drops harebrained couplets, monologues and call-and-response chants based on designer-jeans brands betrays the glowing confidence of someone in love with all the places the creative process can take you. Grooving all the while, Beck seems like the loving creator of a '90s version of the electric Dylan frenzy. And ODELAY seems sorta like his BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME.
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