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Mellow Gold Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (March 2 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000003TB2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 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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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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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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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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By A Customer on Oct. 22 2001
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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