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Comment: USED CASSETTE 12 Songs 1. Loser 2. Beercam 3. Pay No Mind (Snoozer) 4. Steal my body home 5. F---in with my head (mountain dew rock) 6. Nitemare Hippy Girl 7. Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997 8. Mutherf--er 9. Soul Suckin Jerk 10. Blackhole 11. Truckdrivin neighbors downstairs (yellow sweat) 12. Sweet sunshine
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Mellow Gold Clean

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Loser
  2. Pay No Mind (Snoozer)
  3. %*! @?# With My Head
  4. Whiskeyclone, 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. &*$^?#%*@! #^
  12. Blackhole


Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (September 21, 1993)
  • Format: Clean
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B00005YLPC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,511,561 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By S. R Robertson on April 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
An early member of the straight-to-tape lo-fi marathon that is artists like Guided By Voices & Ween, Beck established his own style in addition to being quirky & reminiscent of those artists. Beck is sort of like a story-telling enigma, Bob Dylan to the next level, you might say. His songs can either be ironic & narrative or slapstick & bizzare. This is definitely evident in "Mellow Gold", which, in my opinion, is better and more artistic than "Odelay". A mixture of Dylanesque folk("Pay No Mind", "Whiskeyclone Hotel City, 1997", "Truckdriving Neighbors Downstairs", "Blackhole"), ambient psychadelic explorations("Steal My Body Home"), quirky hip-hop("Loser", "Soul Sucking Jerk", "Beercan", "Sweet Sunshine"), and a small touch of rock("F****ing With My Head", "Mother****er"). If you are interested in getting into Beck, "Mellow Gold" is the place to start.
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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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While the musical styles on this album are diverse they share annoyingly catchy tunes, interesting arrangements and thought-provoking lyrics. Unlike some albums that fade with time, when I return to listen to Mellow Gold it always sounds fresh. On some tracks it feels like a trip to Lowlifesville and you will find yourself humming these tunes unable to explain to anyone why you like them. Beck is one eclectic artist who makes his diverse influences merge in a satisfyingly original sounding manner. Anyone who can write Truckdrivin' Neighbors Downstairs is one twisted individual - I love it.
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The moment that Beck took the leap from cult artist to mainstream success was just a "Loser" away. But it wasn't just that weird mash-up of folk-styles to hip-hop rhythms to a grungey lyric that did it, it was the fact that "Mellow Gold" conformed to nobody's rules. Unless you were into serious underground lo-fi music scene (the only act that rated a comparison at the time was Guided By Voices), there wasn't a thing on the popular music radar that even came close to this.

Beck Hansen had no illusions to pop stardom. Like David Bowie, his vision was just of a character called "Beck." He made off-the-cuff observations like "Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs" or "Soul Sucking Jerk" and mixed it with psychedelic stuff like "Steal My Body Home." He delivers hip-hop like "Beercan" and laid it next to hard rock like "Mutherf__er." And lyrically, he delivered non-sequiturs with a slacker's ease. "In the time of Chimpanzees I was a monkey:" those are the first words you hear on "Mellow Gold" and the last thing on the CD is electronic feedback squeal. Dippy, trippy, and brilliant, this now twelve year old album still sounds like nothing else out there, and there are hundreds of artists out now trying to come within touching distance. "Mellow Gold" changed the musical landscape, which, by my definition, makes it a five star album.
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Mellow Gold is the third best album of the '90s. As great as his post-Mellow Gold work is, Beck's first Geffen album really stands out. Back in 1994, this was a totally fresh sound, melding blues, punk, folk, and hip-hop into one strange, surreal package. Of course, now anybody with two turntables and amicrophone try to ape Beck's sound, but they never come close to what he achieved with Mellow Gold. Overshadowed by the tremendous hit "Loser", there is so much more to be savoured here. The songs are loose, rough around the edges, and damn funny to boot. The sense of sponteneity is really what sets this apart from Beck's other releases. I can honestly say that this album, more than any other, changed how I think about music, what I expect from music, and its brilliance really rendered most of what I had at the time obsolete.
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