Album: Odelay Year: 1996
The success of Mellow Gold, and specifically its standout, slacker singalong anthem "Loser," must have come as a surprise to Beck. With Odealy he proved he was no flash in the pan.
Instead, he was a masterful songwriter who combined a brilliant ear for melody with a love of surreal, tongue-twisting lyrics, and an unquenchable thirst for experimenting with and exploring different musical styles. Based around a sample of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (as performed by the band Them), "Jack-Ass" is one of the album's least obviously experimental songs, at its heart a softly spoken ballad with a memorable melody, and a delightful mid-album counterpoint to the ragged electro-funk of "Where It's At" or the raw stomp of "Novacane."