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BMRA-Round 1-Odelay vs. My Own Prison

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Which one?

Poll ended at Sun Dec 17, 2006 11:13 pm

Odelay
19
53%
My Own Prison
17
47%
 
Total votes : 36

BMRA-Round 1-Odelay vs. My Own Prison

Postby PlayingWithFire » Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:13 pm

Beck's Odelay
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Beck's debut, Mellow Gold, was a glorious sampler of different musical styles, careening from lo-fi hip-hop to folk, moving back through garage rock and arty noise. It was an impressive album, but the parts didn't necessarily stick together. The two albums that followed within months of Mellow Gold -- Stereopathetic Soul Manure and One Foot in the Grave -- were specialist releases that disproved the idea that Beck was simply a one-hit wonder. But Odelay, the much-delayed proper follow-up to Mellow Gold, proves the depth and scope of his talents. Odelay fuses the disparate strands of Beck's music -- folk, country, hip-hop, rock & roll, blues, jazz, easy listening, rap, pop -- into one dense sonic collage. Songs frequently morph from one genre to another, seemingly unrelated genre -- bursts of noise give way to country songs with hip-hop beats, easy listening melodies transform into a weird fusion of pop, jazz, and cinematic strings; it's genre-defying music that refuses to see boundaries. All of the songs on Odelay are rooted in simple forms -- whether it's blues ("Devil's Haircut"), country ("Lord Only Knows," "Sissyneck"), soul ("Hotwax"), folk ("Ramshackle"), or rap ("High 5 [Rock the Catskills]," "Where It's At") -- but they twist the conventions of the genre. "Where It's At" is peppered with soul, jazz, funk, and rap references, while "Novacane" slams from indie rock to funk and back to white noise. With the aid of the Dust Brothers, Beck has created a dense, endlessly intriguing album overflowing with ideas. Furthermore, it's an album that completely ignores the static, nihilistic trends of the American alternative/independent underground, creating a fluid, creative, and startlingly original work.

Creed's My Own Prison
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Originally released on the band's own label, Creed's debut album, My Own Prison, was re-released on Wind-Up Records in a remixed form. The remix was designed to accentuate the group's powerful post-grunge sound so it could find a crossover audience. Evidently, the gambit was successful since the album became a platinum hit shortly after the title track was issued as a single. Creed don't have an original or distinctive sound -- they basically fall into the category of post-Seattle bands who temper their grunge with a dose of Live earnestness -- but they work well within their boundaries. At their best, they are a solid post-grunge band, grinding their riffs out with muscle; at their worst, they are simply faceless. The best moments of My Own Prison suggest they'll be able to leave post-grunge anonymity behind and develop their own signature sound.
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Postby ThatDude » Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:56 pm

If Odelay doesn't dominate this matchup, I will probably lose all hope for this entire battle.
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Postby The Artful Dodger » Sat Dec 16, 2006 1:19 am

I'll abstain from voting, but I pray for the love of Mankind, that Creed loses. :-[
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Postby Another Blown Save » Sat Dec 16, 2006 1:22 am

Can't say I like Creed

Odelay, while not a great album, was pretty decent so it gets my vote
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Postby Coppermine » Sat Dec 16, 2006 2:33 am

Wow, two votes for Creed over Beck... I'd have to say that's a bit surprising. In 10 years, Beck will probably be making music, good or not, but Creed is already a laughable footnote of a "band." If any band can be described as a novelty, it's Creed.
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Postby 1337_Dude » Sat Dec 16, 2006 4:00 am

I can't stand Beck and liked a few songs from My Own Prison.
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Postby The Miner Part 2 » Sat Dec 16, 2006 4:25 am

HAHAHA

how is creed anywhere near this debate??
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Sat Dec 16, 2006 5:19 am

Some people just can't stand Beck
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Postby Jimboozie » Sat Dec 16, 2006 7:36 am

I'll take Creed over Beck all day. I'm not a big Creed fan but "MOP" wasn't bad at all. The garbage they released afterwards is another story.
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Postby BritSox » Sat Dec 16, 2006 7:58 am

Odelay. Creed blow.
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