Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Beck: Odelay

In music, there are no real “overnight sensations”, because artists spend years honing their craft before they become famous.

Beck had hit the public consciousness with the song Loser and, like everyone else, I heard it and enjoyed its quirky style.

In 1996 Beck expanded on his fame with Odelay, an album loaded with songs that were lapped up by alternative radio and alternative youth in alternative nation.

I don’t really have much to say, other than that I liked the diversity Beck put out on Odelay.

He played a ton of different instruments, sang and wrote the songs, and produced it with The Dust Brothers.

Odelay (and Beck himself) were different than almost everything else that was popular at that time.

I particularly liked Where It’s At, Jack-Ass, Devil’s Haircut, Sissyneck, The New Pollution, Novacaine, and Lord Only Knows. I haven’t explored Odelay in a long time. I’m going to have to revisit it and rediscover the weirdness of Beck once again.

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