“Odyssey Number Five was the 4th studio album released by Powderfinger. It was made ten years into the band’s career. The success of their previous albums Internationalist andDouble Allergic meant that they could now comfortably take time off from touring to focus on writing and recording.
For the first time, the band also worked towards consciously making an album that was cohesive. Previously, they had just chosen the best tracks they had written for an album. Bernard Fanning reckons now they achieved that goal: “We worked really hard at putting that record together. It works as one complete listen. After we madeInternationalist – and that was a really varied kind of record – then we wanted to make a record that all fitted together. Like on Dark Side Of The Moon, all the songs fit together. They feel like they’re part of the same thing. That was the aim with Odyssey Number Five; to make a big, really panoramic sounding record. Really wide with lots of big spaces.”
The band called on producer Nick DiDia to join them again in the studio. As well as doingInternationalist, he’d also worked with acts like Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots. He was able to help the band find the sound they were aiming for.
The big early singles ‘These Days’ and ‘My Happiness’ were less riff-heavy, surprising some of their long-term fans who accused the band of losing their rock edge. Both songs were massive hits though, taking out the #1 spots in the triple j Hottest 100′s of 1999 and 2000. Looking back on Odyssey Number Fivenow, Bernard Fanning says that those songs alone could be responsible for its success.” Read and see more here.