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?