Switching to a bit of modern music for a change (if we can call a 1996 song modern, that is), lately I’ve found myself playing two of Beck’s albums quite often. One is the ballad-dominated, break-up influenced ‘Sea Change’ and the other – which is in many ways the opposite – is the crazy, no-rules-applied, samples-amalgam ‘Odelay’. Although I prefer the former, because it pushes towards a more accessible, singer-songwriter territory which I am used to, it’s the latter’s songs that got stuck in my head more often. And ‘Where It’s At’ is probably the best of them all – a song that flows incredibly well despite having lots of musical ideas and styles mixed in. It’s a Dust Brothers product, which automatically involves heavy usage of samples from other songs, and even though I’m not a particular fan of the approach, most of them fit there interestingly well. The “two turntables and a microphone” chorus seems to be of rap origins, while the hilarious “that was a good drum break” observation is lifted from The Frogs’ “I Don’t Care If You Disrespect Me”. Other memorable touches include the short techno/electronic part coming out of the blue after the song’s first chorus, the jazzy horns and finally, the Doors-like keyboard solo.
You’d think that Beck wouldn’t manage to find space between all that for a little bit of ear-catching memorability and yet, he successfully does. If you don’t believe me, have a listen for yourself:
Categories: The Song In My Head Today