CD Review: Beck

Odelay (Deluxe Edition)
By David Chiu

His 1996 album, co-produced with the Dust Brothers, Beck’s Odelay has since been regarded as a classic that furthers the artist’s ‘everything-by-the-kitchen-sink’ musical approach. Odelay melds hip-hop, ‘70s funk, ‘60s pop, electronica, and country folk with Beck’s stream-of-conciousness lyrics all working together as one massive yet appealing sonic collage: from the machine funk of “Devil’s Haircut,” through the mod rock of “The New Pollution,” to the folk-hop, funk clap of “Where It’s At.” Now this great album has been further enhanced on this Deluxe Edition with two previously unreleased tracks, “Inferno” and “Gold Chains”; and a collection of B-sides including a pure cover of bluesman Skip James’ “Devil Got My Woman,” and the Tex Mex-inspired “Burro.” It also features funny liner notes by writer Dave Eggers through q+a’s with teenagers about the record.

See Beck perform “Where It’s At” on YouTube:


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