Beck, Odelay (1996)
I need to start a list…(another one) of albums I’m planning to get, to pick off; the must-haves. It’s probably best I don’t of course…but there are a double-handful of records I covet, this is/was one of them. Now I have it. Twenty years old – coming from that vital first decade of Beck releases which is not to say that Beck isn’t worth listening to now, I’ll always tune in, he’s consistently great and stylistically diverse. This was the one though – the masterpiece, the arrival of this album is what cemented him in the hearts and minds, well for me anyway. And I went to the show when he played here on the tour behind this album and it was incredible. One of the best gigs (arriving at the end of a great weekend too). Just the best. This record is wrapped up in so many good times, so many good times wrapped up in this – the soundtrack to many a road-trip and to so many afternoons and evenings where plans just suddenly arrived, as if fully formed. It’s impossible to imagine Beck without Odelay, everything before it was feeding into a record like this, everything after feels like some reaction to this record. A towering achievement.
Sample Track: Novacane
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