Beck's famed record of folk pop, hip-hop and gleeful harmonica turntablism gets a reissue through its original label Bong Load! This alternative gem crossed a lot of paths, each united under the boy's smirky vocal, blending the mainstreams of rock and electronic into one neat package. A now old-school classic from the guy who will be a head-in-a-jar come the year 3000.
Vinyl LP £21.49 £11.99 UMC3378
Reissue LP on Universal.
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Vinyl LP £39.99 BL30
180g cloudy sky blue coloured vinyl LP + 11x33 poster on Bong Load Records. Edition of 2,016 numbered copies.
CD £5.99 GED24908
CD on Geffen.
10/10 Jack 8th August 2016
Countless musicians will release that one awesome record that puts them on the map and/or being a huge critical and fan favourite. The best word to describe Odelay is diverse, or eclectic. On this album along with all his others, he either sings soulfully, delivers a beautiful ballad, raps, you name it. To add to that, you have Beck's wide love for music spread all over the album. Not one song is the same. One minute you're hearing alternative rock, the other hip-hop, the other country, blues, funk, folk... the list goes on.
8/10 Stephen 4th August 2016
Beck got it right on “Odelay”. By now he had honed his own style through samples and an effective blending of genres to make an original sound. “Devil’s Haircut” is a great opener and one of the album’s best tracks. Lead single “Where It’s At” is a fantastic fusion of jazz groove and hip-hop. Blues, beats and hip-hop are mixed neatly on “Hotwax” and “Lord Only Knows” sounds like the Rolling Stones on a country vibe jamming with Pavement and a drum machine. “Jack-Ass” uses a sample from the Bob Dylan song “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue” as recorded by Them – it’s probably the most obvious sample on the album as it isn’t cut up or disguised in any way. Therefore the song has a kind of cosmic ‘60s feel to it. “Sissyneck” is another standout, fusing sampled beats with a countrified chorus. It’s probably Beck’s best album.
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