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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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2.0 out of 5 stars for beck, lacks. March 16 2014
Format:Audio CD
Only three good songs beercan, loser & blackhole. Loser is a greasing to own though. Read my review of Modern Guilt on iTunes...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Love Beck but not this. Jan. 31 2014
Format:Audio CD
I have tried listening to this recording many times. I find all but the hit "loser" to be worth it. I'm a fan and enjoy the milder versions as well as Odelay et al in his heyday.

The other songs on this just sound soooo different from his hit you can literally hear his agent "I don't hear a single" so Beck made that great diddy to satisfy him.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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...And you get a pretty apt description of this load of garbage. I'm sick of people making over Beck as if he was some kind of mystical unfathomable genius of our times...this is radio ready corporate garbage of the highest order...and it's all been done before.I think David Bowie was quoted as saying "It's not who does it first...It's who does it second"...a fitting quote in the context of this over-hyped over-played album.You see,Beck thinks he can take the "Salvador Dali" approach to his art...weird for weird's sake.Salvador Dali once drove a car filled up with cauliflower to a big event..."Look how strange I am everyone" and everyone thought he was some sort of mad genius. Beck tries to do the same with his idiotic stream of consciousness double talk he refers to as his lyrics.Dali was an icon of his particular artistic movement...Beck is not.Beck tries too hard to be weird(ever read or seen an interview with him?...what a pretentious jerk he was on Leno promoting odelay) and needs to learn a simple fact...If you have to try to be something...then you're probably not.What gets me is the people who grew up in the 90's listening to "alternative" radio thinking that when they heard "Loser" they were hearing the prophetic utterings of a new messiah.You really want eccentric?...Well you'll have to look a little harder.Try bands or artists that were never accepted by the mainstream (like the residents,Syd Barrett or R.Stevie Moore to name but a few)and never made a gazillion bucks off of corporate alterna-bilge radio.Odd doesn't always equal genius.In this case it just equals DUMB.
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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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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.There hasnt been a record written mostly about pure nonsense since Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart.Yep songs like Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs(my favorite song right now),Whiskey Clone Hotel City 1997 and even the radio friendly Loser have some pretty unusual lyrics.The vocals and music itself is also great to back it up.I wont write anymore because my fingers are getting sore so go out and buy this for yourself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beck in the day. March 9 2004
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There's a fine line between stupidity and genius. That's what I think when I listen to this album. It's almost indescribable. Lyrically, half of it's absolutely crazy, which is intentional and part of the fun. Musically it's all over the place, somewhere between the "Beastie Boys" and "Neil Young". But all of these things are what make this so incredible. So many things in a blender still make a tasty treat. This is kind of THE essential "Beck" album really. It's kind of the middle ground between "Midnight Vultures" and the excellent "Sea Change", both of which came years later. I guess it's one of those things you just have to hear to believe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must have.. Feb. 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
v. v. dark, almost like a modernized chant in some songs with his low voice and scratchy guitar riffs. i love loser, i know so cliche but i have memorized almost every word its probably my fav. song, not only on the album....
buy this cd i am so serious.
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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. i put this album on and by the time it was over i knew i had found something special. it shows beck doing all kinds of styles of music. and with amazing results. this album when it came out really (IMO) made everything else that was getting mtv airplay at the time look so damn plain. i just couldn't help thinking about why can't others artists do something like this. as the years have passed. i now know why cause most artists can't do something like this and get away with it (heck, most wouldn't even try. lol). an amazing album that while it might not be beck's best album it does show off all of his talents the best. and this alone makes it a classic. you can see right here what the future would hold for beck.
this is the best starting point for anybody interested in this guy.
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