Sometimes it’s hard to remember, but in 1996, after Mellow Gold, Beck was just another goofy guy with an acoustic guitar and a quirky hit single. He could have easily disappeared from the cultural radar, but instead he came out with Odelay, an incredibly diverse artistic statement of an album that cemented his place in the rock pantheon. Since then, he doesn’t seem to have looked back once. Odelay seems to have made a pretty strong impression here:
|“Beck’s skills have grown considerably since Mellow Gold, and his latest is a visionary mix of rap, rock, blues, country, folk, funk, jazz, etc. It’s a psychedelic hip-hop hootenanny! Try [lists every song except 9, “Minus”]. . . .”
“Beck’s got the deep down funk. Destined to be one of the top albums of 1996. He can do it all!”
“‘Devil’s Haircut’ samples V.U.’s ‘The Gift’ at the beginning. Trick listeners and play #1 right after ‘White Light/White Heat’! Crazy.”
Oh, those mischievous college DJs . . .