Mellow Gold Explicit Lyrics
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Only three good songs beercan, loser & blackhole. Loser is a greasing to own though. Read my review of Modern Guilt on iTunes...Published 23 months ago by marketminutdave
I have tried listening to this recording many times. I find all but the hit "loser" to be worth it. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2014 by Petronius
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 morePublished on June 13 2004 by J. Parmelee
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 morePublished on March 8 2004 by H3@+h
v. v. dark, almost like a modernized chant in some songs with his low voice and scratchy guitar riffs. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004 by Mark Twain
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 morePublished on Sept. 27 2003 by mellowgold
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 morePublished on Sept. 15 2003
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 morePublished on July 11 2003 by Dirk-David Todd
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 morePublished on July 8 2003 by Johnny Heering