Last year, Beck won some kind of big Grammy, album of the year I think, and the world learned that Beck was still being Beck. Well, maybe not the world. I’m sure there are lots of people out there that are aware of what Beck is doing these days. I think of three things when conversation turns to Beck: 1. Jeff Buckley; 2. I’mma loser; 3. Devils Haircut. I usually forget about the two turntables and a microphone. Okay, I don’t actually think of Jeff Buckley. I do think of the song ‘Hallelujah,’ which for some reason I associate with Jeff Beck, when Jeff Buckley is actually the musician for the version that I like best.
None of this has anything to do with Odelay, which is either the second of fifth album by Beck released in 1996. Beck is not a loser on this album. Odelay is home to “Where it’s At” and “Devils Haircut.” It is also Beck’s most successful record, at least in the sales department. I didn’t really like it. He’s mostly experimental in a wtf did I just listen to kind of way. I don’t get it and I’m okay with that.