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Day 130: Beck – Odelay

8 Jul

Where It’s At

“Going back to Houston, to get me some pants” sings Beck at the end of Lord Only Knows.  I think that lyric sums up this record pretty well.   This is a weird, extra normal, and for some reason, unexplainably awesome record.

Before I listened to Odelay, pretty much all I knew by Beck was Loser, a fairly popular single of his.  I’ve always loved that song for one reason—it’s so weird.  Whenever it comes on the radio, it sounds drastically out of place next to the standard rock music that it’s played around.  More of that strangeness is what I was hoping to get out of Odelay, and I was not disappointed.

Beck does what he wants.  In a single record of his, you can expect to hear at least one sample from pretty much every genre under the sun.  There’s no formula or anything, Beck just uses whatever is necessary to make awesome sounding stuff.  Because of this, he doesn’t fit neatly into any single genre.  On Odelay, I heard pieces that could be classified as hip-hop, indie rock, pop, folk, anti folk, noise, and even classical.  By bending genres so easily, Beck makes sure that his music never gets repetitive or boring—there is so much available for him to draw from.

The only thing that’s consistent throughout Odelay is the strangeness of it all.   From lyrics to instrumentals, and even including that album cover, Beck could never be described as normal.  His tunes are a nice break from everything, just because they’re like nothing else out there.

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