Beck – Odelay (1996)
Friend type #2: One you didn’t necessarily hit it off with right away but have since done a 180.
I did not like Loser. Not even a smidge. “I’m a loser baby so why don’t you kill me.” What the?
Granted it was ’94 and if it wasn’t a band playing guitars I generally didn’t get it.
Eventually, I realized slide guitar + sitar = spectacular and I think Odelay was a turning point.
It’s albums like this that remind me to not instinctively come out swinging against an album or artist; chances are, after multiple listens, my foot might feel awfully deep in my mouth.
Where it’s At is a classic, and surprisingly educational. Thanks to the line, “I got 2 turntables and I microphone,” I learned about basic DJ equipment requirements.
Also gleaned from the tune? The term my family uses to describe the liquor store: the “bottles and cans” store.
I’m struggling to highlight other individual tunes as the record works so well as a complete entity. Occasionally the distorted vocals can veer into irritating territory but for the most part, it’s a stellar set.
After re-exploring, this is likely back on the podium as my third favourite Beck record, behind Mutations and Guero.
I was shocked to learn Odelay is Beck’s 5th studio album. I had always assumed it was a sophomore follow-up to Mellow Gold (actually studio album #3).
Which I suppose proves the point that even fans will never know what to expect from Beck.
He’s a brilliant artist in that upon hearing any Beck song, you instantly know it’s Beck but at the same time, no two records (or songs for that matter) are at all alike.
I can’t think of too many artists that have accomplished the same feat.