Odelay review by Beck

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  • Released: Jun 18, 1996
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.4 (17 votes)
Beck: Odelay

Sound — 10
Beck Hansen creates a style all his own with this unique album from a very unique artist. Songs like "Devil's Haircut", "Where It's At", and "The New Pollution" display Beck's talent for creating hooks in his songs necessary to sell records. Beck constructs his sound by combining turntables, synths, and his unorthodox guitar playing into one album filled with a new twist on music.

Lyrics — 10
Beck's lyrics are very important to his songs, as he illustrated in his first hit from 1994, "Loser". He continues his lyrical creativity on songs like "Devil's Haircut" and "Jack-Ass". Beck's ability to be different than everyone else amazing, as he separates himself from the mainstream in this instant classic.

Overall Impression — 10
Beck deservingly was awarded a Grammy for best album of the year with this effort, and it's not surprising to see why he got the award. A critic's favorite in everyway, Beck delivers a hit with this 1996 effort. Odelay is an undeniably cool and refreshing album that defines the '90s.

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    iggy pop
    this is my favourite beck out of the four i have. if you want to buy one buy this
    THIRD POST! this is one of the greatest albums of all time, i must say. i thought i already posted this. . .
    Anyone who can truly say they hate this should be burnt. This would be in my Top 5 Albums of all time.
    Did Mcassidy just say the lyrics were the weakest part of the album? :O Wow.
    In an album with so much to hear, I think Odelay falls a little on it's face in the lyrical quality, but hell, what fun would it be if the songs were based around losing your girlfriend. For an album such as this, it's not even fair to judge the lyrics, they are there as more of an extra soundscape to the platform of his music.