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Mellow Gold [Explicit Lyrics]

Beck Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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1. Loser
2. Pay No Mind (Snoozer)
3. F---in With My Head (Mountain Dew Rock)
4. Whiskey Clone, Hotel City 1997
5. Soul Suckin' Jerk
6. Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)
7. Sweet Sunshine
8. Beercan
9. Steal My Body Home
10. Nitemare Hippy Girl
11. Mutherf---er
12. Blackhole

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"Acid casualty with a repossessed car," croaks Beck Hansen. "Vietnam vet playin' air guitar..." Odelay would later herald Beck as pre-Millennial jester without compare, but 1993's Mellow Gold finds Beck slumming in The City of Angels, working in a video store for four dollars an hour. Quite rightly, he's got the blues, but there's plenty more besides. Mellow Gold is a grimy Polaroid of fried white-trash invention. Reconciling the painfully fashionable grunge aesthetic with the drunken verbiage of the Beat Generation, Mellow Gold founded the slacker generation, and "Loser"--the opening track--became its unofficial anthem. A concept album of sorts, Mellow Gold narrated the backdrop of Los Angeles as seen from the bottom of the dustbin, framed with the impoverished strains of fractured, missing-stringed folk and ramshackle white-boy hip-hop. Time would prove, though, that Beck was no slacker; Mellow Gold provided the scrawled blueprint for Beck's next major label album, Odelay which would prove one of the defining albums of the 1990s. --Louis Pattison

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BECK Mellow Gold (1994 UK 12-track CD album - Becks third studio album was also his major label debut and includes the singles Pay No Mind [Snoozer] Beercan and the classic hit Loser complete with the fold-out picture sleeve inlay GED24634)

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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a loser baby! So why don't you kill me? May 31 2004
Format:Audio CD
Mellow Gold is a very odd album. It contains very odd music as well as very odd lyrical material. In the hit song, 'Loser' Beck sings, "In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey." This pretty much gives the gist of the entire album. No song sounds the same yet they are all oddly similar.
Though Beck's signature sound comes along with the album, it is vastly different from any of his other material. It contains some very dark songs (Mother....., Truckdrivin' Neighbors Downstairs), some light, happy songs (Pay No Mind, Nitemare Hippy Girl, Sweet Sunshine), and some just plain weird songs (Soul Suckin' Jerk). It's because of the musical diversity on the album that I like it so much.
So if you are a fan of Beck's latter material, namely Odelay, be wary in buying this album because though in my opinion it has some of his best material, the general public might think differently.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shows great potential, but... May 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
With the success of Beck's masterpiece Odelay, many people took listen to this album; which shows definite promise for what's to come. But unlike Odelay and latter releases, this one has many flat-out bad songs. This is a very strange album to say the least. You can pretty much tell that just by reading the song titles. If you listen to Odelay before Mellow Gold, you will probably be a little let down with songs like "Soul Suckin Jerk" and "Steal My Body Home"; as they don't quite fit in with Beck's now prominent sound. Nevertheless, I will always cite "Loser" as his best song ever. And hidden gems like "Pay No Mind" and "Beercan" make this CD worthwhile and a must-have for every Beck fanatic out there. Here's an overview of each track:
1. Loser - 5/5 - suspicious lyrics and great guitar work easily make this the best Beck song available. I had not really noticed this song until Odelay came out; but I still found it better than anything on the 1996 album. The lyrics here are hilarious, yet they seem to be smart.
2. Pay No Mind (Snoozer) - 5/5 - this slow, acoustic gem is definitely my second favorite track on Mellow Gold. Again, the lyrics are out-there while still managing to be meaningful. The line 'give the finger to the rock n roll singer / as he's dancing upon your paycheck' is great. Awesome harmonica solo!
3. Fxckin' With My Head (Mountain Dew Rock) - 3/5 - here's a song that is now uncharacteristic of Beck. I think he was trying to hard to fit in with that ill-mannered, vulgar crowd by using swear words. It's still pretty good though.
4. Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997 - 2/5 - the scratchy guitar and sedated sound that "Whiskeyclone" offers doesn't let it amount to much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Bizarre March 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
I enjoy artists like Beck. When he created this CD he clearly didn't care what was popular and what would sell. Instead, he did his own, often quirky, sometimes amusing, and nearly always enjoyable, thing. The range of styles is interesting. On this CD are elements of thrash ("Sweet Sunshine"), blues ("Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997" and "Pay no Mind", where he also sounds a bit like Dylan), progressive ("Blackhole"), and grunge ("Loser"). There are even hints of pop, hillbilly and folk. Beck chooses elements that fit his concept for a particular song and I suspect he cares little whether a particular listener likes or doesn't like a particular song.
I can see how some listeners might not like this CD. The styles are too broad for people with a narrow range of tastes, or for those whose definition of cutting edge music is limited to one genre. Beck has a relatively mellow style on this CD, as the title suggests, that might also put some listeners off. However, while the overall style is mellow, there are enough changeups in pace that this CD held my interest from beginning to end.
The lyrics owe more to blues than to pop or rock. Beck nearly always seems to want to tell a story or make a point. That doesn't mean the lyrics are sung in a blues style, only that Beck likes to have a purpose to his lyrics, which is a characteristic of blues. The only objection I have to the lyrics is personal, in that the CD I have is the explicit lyrics version, and I really didn't need the four-letter words to enjoy the music.
The music itself is wonderfully bizarre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Curiously Cool Oct. 22 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I really, really like this record, but at first I wasn't sure I did. It didn't immediately grab my attention, but after awhile of listening to it, it began to grow on me. Beck sounds so carefree and confidant on this album - it's endearing. This is his first major album and it's called Mellow Gold. It certainly seems gold. Some songs, because they are just so funny and playful, almost seem as if they were spontaneously created and not at all premeditated, like "Loser" and "Soul Suckin Jerk" and "Beercan," all 3 of which Beck practically raps in. These songs also happen to be the hardest to avoid listening to over and over again w/o listening much to the rest of the album. But Beck can also ensnare you w/ plain old singing, too. Some songs are entrancing w/ their weirdness, like "Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs" and "Blackhole" and "Steal My Body Home." And for some strange reason, "Nitemare Hippy Girl" actually strikes me as... sweet; it's certainly funny and full of cliches and contradictions. But I suspect that some people won't be able to get past the fact that Beck's lyrics, upon first hearing them, don't make much sense - but if you actually thought about them, from varying perspectives, they do make sense. Obviously Beck is someone who writes very meaningful lyrics, because I doubt this is all stuff he got off the top of his head - how, on all his tours and in all his live performances, would he be able to remember and sing gibberish w/ meaning and languid emotion?
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2.0 out of 5 stars for beck, lacks.
Only three good songs beercan, loser & blackhole. Loser is a greasing to own though. Read my review of Modern Guilt on iTunes...
Published 5 months ago by marketminutdave
2.0 out of 5 stars Love Beck but not this.
I have tried listening to this recording many times. I find all but the hit "loser" to be worth it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Petronius
5.0 out of 5 stars Becks best all around album and one of the best of the 90s.
I must have played this album at least 50 times in the last 3 years its that good.Back in 1994 Beck was one of the most unusual and original songwriters around. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by J. Parmelee
4.0 out of 5 stars Beck in the day.
There's a fine line between stupidity and genius. That's what I think when I listen to this album. It's almost indescribable. Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by H3@+h
5.0 out of 5 stars must have..
v. v. dark, almost like a modernized chant in some songs with his low voice and scratchy guitar riffs. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by Mark Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars beck's major label debut is the perfect starting point
this is beck right here. everything he was, is, and will be is on here. when i first heard loser i went out and got this album and my jaw hit the floor. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2003 by mellowgold
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't like Beck; Buy this record
Hang on loosley people...I know I'm going against the grain here, but hear me out...Simply put, if you are unsure if someone is your Soul mate; Buy them a copy of Mellow Gold... Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Gold is the best album Beck has ever done.
Okay, this is hard to say above, because I love all of Beck's music almost the same. But when I take all of his albums and Cd's and put them together... Read more
Published on July 11 2003 by Dirk-David Todd
3.0 out of 5 stars Beck is no loser
Beck's first major label album is a mixed bag. It is all over the map, with his oddball experimentations with different styles of music, often within the same song. Read more
Published on July 8 2003 by Johnny Heering
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
But not in a good way. This is certainly one of the worst albums I've heard in a long time. The music is bad, the lyrics are awful (and not because they're explicit). Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2003
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