Odelay by Beck

Today’s Essential Record is Odelay by Beck.  Some records just need to be heard to be believed.  Odelay is one of them.  Classic.

Beck Hansen is an American musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his lo-fi, sonically experimental sound, and he became well known for creating musical collages of a wide range of styles. His later recordings encompass folk, funk, soul, hip hop, alternative rock, country and psychedelia. Beck has released ten studio albums, as well as several non-album singles and a book of sheet music.

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Odelay is Beck’s fifth studio album, originally released on June 18, 1996, by DGC Records.

Odelay was awarded Album of the Year by the American magazine Rolling Stone and by UK publications NME and Mojo. Odelay also received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Both Odelay and Sea Change appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Beck’s musical style has been considered alternative and indie. He has been known to play many of the instruments in his music himself. He has also done some remixes for fellow artists, notably David Bowie and Björk. Beck has been known to synthesize several musical elements together in his music, including folk, country, Latin music, hip hop, funk, many types of rock and blues. He has also taken music from Los Angeles as a reference point in his songs.

Odelay by Beck


1.”Devils Haircut” — 0:00
2.”Hotwax” — 3:14
3.”Lord Only Knows” — 7:03
4.”The New Pollution” — 11:18
5.”Derelict” — 14:57
6.”Novacane” — 19:09
7.”Jack-Ass” — 23:45
8.”Where It’s At” — 27:58
9.”Minus” — 33:27
10.”Sissyneck” — 35:59
11.”Readymade” — 39:53
12.”High 5 (Rock the Catskills)” — 42:30
13.”Ramshackle” — 46:42
hidden track 53:30