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Mellow Gold [VINYL] Import


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Beck has traveled light years from being pegged as a reluctant generational spokesperson when “Loser” metamorphosed from a rejected demo to a ubiquitous smash. Instead he wound up crystallizing much of the post-modern ruckus of the ‘90s alternative explosion, but in his own unpredictable manner: Beck's singular career has been one that's seen him utilize all manners ... Read more in Amazon's Beck Store

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  • Vinyl (21 Mar 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000053KVG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By ma0sm on 4 Jun 2003
Format: Audio CD
You can’t choose a favourite Beck album. I’ve tried many times and failed as many. The man defines mainstream eclecticism. Mellow Gold was Beck’s breakthrough album, and although less famous than the follow-up ‘Odelay’ (a true groundbreaking album), it was the album that had contained a song that defined a generation. From the opening slide guitar riff that was born through an hour of jamming on his guitar with a friend recording, followed by the hip-hop drum beat that the said friend later added, the instant appeal of ‘Loser’ is still relevant today. Despite the fact that Beck reluctantly became the voice of a pubescent stereotyped generation, you can’t deny that this was a great song. The fact that this was one of the first songs Beck ever wrote, and certainly the first he ever rapped on (“Soy un perdedor, I’m a loser baby” was a line born from his embarrassment at his own rapping) just adds to the resume.
There’s more to this album than ‘Loser’ though. Knowing what Beck went on to produce, it’s interesting to hear the earlier incarnations of his interpretation of the genres he later went on to utilise. ‘Pay No Mind’ arrives as a welcome, mellow acoustic tune, already ruining any listeners attempt at putting a label on albums style. ‘Mountain Dew Rock’ follows on in the hook-heavy acoustic affair, like “Nitemare Hippy Girl”, with a big sing-along chorus. It’s at this point that the album takes another unexpected turn. It’s hard to describe ‘Whiskeyclone’. Each individual part of the song is pretty weak. A downbeat vocal line, a bizarre guitar part, with many vocal harmonies, you just couldn’t imagine it working.
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By ma0sm on 2 Oct 2003
Format: Vinyl
You can't choose a favourite Beck album. I've tried many times and failed as many. The man defines mainstream eclecticism. Mellow Gold was Beck's breakthrough album, and although less famous than the follow-up 'Odelay' (a true groundbreaking album), it was the album that had contained a song that defined a generation. From the opening slide guitar riff that was born through an hour of jamming on his guitar with a friend recording, followed by the hip-hop drum beat that the said friend later added, the instant appeal of 'Loser' is still relevant today. Despite the fact that Beck reluctantly became the voice of a pubescent stereotyped generation, you can't deny that this was a great song. The fact that this was one of the first songs Beck ever wrote, and certainly the first he ever rapped on ("Soy un perdedor, I'm a loser baby" was a line born from his embarrassment at his own rapping) just adds to the resume.
There's more to this album than 'Loser' though. Knowing what Beck went on to produce, it's interesting to hear the earlier incarnations of his interpretation of the genres he later went on to utilise. 'Pay No Mind' arrives as a welcome, mellow acoustic tune, already ruining any listeners attempt at putting a label on albums style. 'Mountain Dew Rock' follows on in the hook-heavy acoustic affair, like "Nitemare Hippy Girl", with a big sing-along chorus. It's at this point that the album takes another unexpected turn. It's hard to describe 'Whiskeyclone'. Each individual part of the song is pretty weak. A downbeat vocal line, a bizarre guitar part, with many vocal harmonies, you just couldn't imagine it working. However, this form of alchemy is what Beck is most famous for.
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By ma0sm on 2 Oct 2003
Format: Vinyl
You can't choose a favourite Beck album. I've tried many times and failed as many. The man defines mainstream eclecticism. Mellow Gold was Beck's breakthrough album, and although less famous than the follow-up 'Odelay' (a true groundbreaking album), it was the album that had contained a song that defined a generation. From the opening slide guitar riff that was born through an hour of jamming on his guitar with a friend recording, followed by the hip-hop drum beat that the said friend later added, the instant appeal of 'Loser' is still relevant today. Despite the fact that Beck reluctantly became the voice of a pubescent stereotyped generation, you can't deny that this was a great song. The fact that this was one of the first songs Beck ever wrote, and certainly the first he ever rapped on ("Soy un perdedor, I'm a loser baby" was a line born from his embarrassment at his own rapping) just adds to the resume.
There's more to this album than 'Loser' though. Knowing what Beck went on to produce, it's interesting to hear the earlier incarnations of his interpretation of the genres he later went on to utilise. 'Pay No Mind' arrives as a welcome, mellow acoustic tune, already ruining any listeners attempt at putting a label on albums style. 'Mountain Dew Rock' follows on in the hook-heavy acoustic affair, like "Nitemare Hippy Girl", with a big sing-along chorus. It's at this point that the album takes another unexpected turn. It's hard to describe 'Whiskeyclone'. Each individual part of the song is pretty weak. A downbeat vocal line, a bizarre guitar part, with many vocal harmonies, you just couldn't imagine it working. However, this form of alchemy is what Beck is most famous for.
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