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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...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Remembered it being better!
Thought i liked BECK but after re-buying this as an upgrade from cassette tape and listening to it once in the hope of reliving my younger years i realised that it is not really all that good! The only decent track is loser, the rest seem to me to be a bit of a jumble of sound and i like to think i have a broad range of music taste! Apart from rock and roll, i cant stand...
Published on 29 April 2010 by Mr. N. Freeman


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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winner, 4 Jun 2003
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This review is from: Mellow Gold (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. However, this form of alchemy is what Beck is most famous for. As his grandfather did with aesthetic art, Beck has an uncanny knack of making masterpieces from samples that most would discard. The song itself is a gem. Changing the mood again with morbid lyrics and a twisted sound, the last thing you’re expecting next is ‘Soul Suckin’ Jerk’. The second ‘rap’ song on the album, this dark number balances gently on the line of genius/pretentious wank. Being one of the highlights of the album, in my opinion, I think you can guess which side of the line I think Beck’s on. If ‘Whiskeyclone’ was an example of alchemy, then this is alchemy gone mad! Two heavily distorted vocal lines scream across a tribal drum beat and some interesting samples. This song used to be the one that I skipped whenever listening to this album, but give them time! They may be unlike anything you’ve ever heard before, but both songs as worth the persistence and you’ll be rewarded with your hard work with what I believe to be the album’s greatest song, ‘Beercan’. Starting with a heavily effected vocal sample, you’d be reasonable to assume another inaccessible, but within seconds, the bass, drums, sampling and rapping kick in with a song catchier than SARS. I challenge you not to love that chorus! “Steal My Body Home” couldn’t be more laid back if it tried as is ‘Blackhole’. Both going for a more eastern style with sitars and a slow, mesmerising vocal, that you allow you to lie back and feel one with the world.
This album doesn’t give you a chance to get bored. I wouldn’t recommend this album to someone who has never heard Beck before, since it is pretty heavy going (For those, I recommend ‘Odelay’ instead), but if you are a Beck fan and don’t own this album, then shame on you!
Stand-out tracks : Beercan, Loser, Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997
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5.0 out of 5 stars Winner, 2 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Mellow Gold [VINYL] (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. As his grandfather did with aesthetic art, Beck has an uncanny knack of making masterpieces from samples that most would discard. The song itself is a gem. Changing the mood again with morbid lyrics and a twisted sound, the last thing you're expecting next is 'Soul Suckin' Jerk'. The second 'rap' song on the album, this dark number balances gently on the line of genius/pretentious. Being one of the highlights of the album, in my opinion, I think you can guess which side of the line I think Beck's on. If 'Whiskeyclone' was an example of alchemy, then this is alchemy gone mad! Two heavily distorted vocal lines scream across a tribal drum beat and some interesting samples. This song used to be the one that I skipped whenever listening to this album, but give them time! They may be unlike anything you've ever heard before, but both songs as worth the persistence and you'll be rewarded with your hard work with what I believe to be the album's greatest song, 'Beercan'. Starting with a heavily effected vocal sample, you'd be reasonable to assume another inaccessible, but within seconds, the bass, drums, sampling and rapping kick in with a song catchier than SARS. I challenge you not to love that chorus! "Steal My Body Home" couldn't be more laid back if it tried as is 'Blackhole'. Both going for a more eastern style with sitars and a slow, mesmerising vocal, that you allow you to lie back and feel one with the world.
This album doesn't give you a chance to get bored. I wouldn't recommend this album to someone who has never heard Beck before, since it is pretty heavy going (For those, I recommend 'Odelay' instead), but if you are a Beck fan and don't own this album, then shame on you!
Stand-out tracks : Beercan, Loser, Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997
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5.0 out of 5 stars Winner, 2 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Mellow Gold [VINYL] (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. As his grandfather did with aesthetic art, Beck has an uncanny knack of making masterpieces from samples that most would discard. The song itself is a gem. Changing the mood again with morbid lyrics and a twisted sound, the last thing you're expecting next is 'Soul Suckin' Jerk'. The second 'rap' song on the album, this dark number balances gently on the line of genius/pretentious wank. Being one of the highlights of the album, in my opinion, I think you can guess which side of the line I think Beck's on. If 'Whiskeyclone' was an example of alchemy, then this is alchemy gone mad! Two heavily distorted vocal lines scream across a tribal drum beat and some interesting samples. This song used to be the one that I skipped whenever listening to this album, but give them time! They may be unlike anything you've ever heard before, but both songs as worth the persistence and you'll be rewarded with your hard work with what I believe to be the album's greatest song, 'Beercan'. Starting with a heavily effected vocal sample, you'd be reasonable to assume another inaccessible, but within seconds, the bass, drums, sampling and rapping kick in with a song catchier than SARS. I challenge you not to love that chorus! "Steal My Body Home" couldn't be more laid back if it tried as is 'Blackhole'. Both going for a more eastern style with sitars and a slow, mesmerising vocal, that you allow you to lie back and feel one with the world.
This album doesn't give you a chance to get bored. I wouldn't recommend this album to someone who has never heard Beck before, since it is pretty heavy going (For those, I recommend 'Odelay' instead), but if you are a Beck fan and don't own this album, then shame on you!
Stand-out tracks : Beercan, Loser, Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars err Perfect?, 22 Mar 2001
This review is from: Mellow Gold (Audio CD)
Good grief man! If you don't own this you are a fool! You all know 'Loser' it's been played on the radio for about 8 billion years! Every track on this recording is outstanding from 'Soul suckin jerk' to 'Nitemare hippy girl' country stylings around a rock theme? Since buying this albulm, the track 'Beercan' has become the soundtrack of my life. Seldom has an artist such as Beck been available for you lucky people. Buy this, failing that: get 'Midnight Vultures' by the same artist or as I like to call it 'Mellow gold II' Why are you still reading? Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic, 20 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Mellow Gold (Audio CD)
I bought this album on ' tape ' way back in the '90s and played it repeatedly for weeks on end . Nearly 20 years on i bought it on CD and it seems as fresh now as it did then if not moreso . An excellent piece of work !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good album!, 14 Dec 2010
This review is from: Mellow Gold (Audio CD)
I'd only heard Devils Haircut (From the album Odelay) before this album. I wasn't dissapointed by it. A bit different but very cool!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE BECK, 21 Nov 2008
This review is from: Mellow Gold (Audio CD)
I love everything Beck does as i love his voice and creativity.
I find the album Mellow Gold to be a regular fave and always listen more to his old stuff for its natural raw creative genius quality.
I was blown away the day i found Beck and ever since then have been a devoted admirer since 1997+
Though since he got married he seems to have grown up a little too much!!!
Love 2 Beck xXx
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ''SHOPPING MALLS COMIN OUTTA DA WALLS'', 18 Mar 2007
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I HAVE OWNED THIS LITTLE BEAUT SINCE IT WAS RELEASED BACK IN 94 AND ALL I CAN SAY IS IT IS STILL AN ABSOLUTE SLICE OF BRILLIANCE..

FROM THE OUTSET BECK SEEMS TO PLACE YOU IN AN AMERICA THAT IS NOT POLISHED , NOT GLOSSY AND NOT A PERFECT ULTRA BRIGHT WHITE TOOTHED SLICK HAIRED SUN TANNED LAND FULL OF THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.

THE GENIUS OF THE MAN IS IN THE RAWNESS OF THE ALBUM ON TRACKS SUCH AS ''PAY NO MIND'' AND THIS JUST GIVES THE WHOLE ALBUM AN EDGE THAT IS STILL TIMELESS.

LET ME NOT FORGET ABOUT THE LYRICS THAT SEEM TO SPEAK TO ME IN A WAY THAT NO OTHER ARTIST HAS MANAGED SINCE.

ALL BECKS ALBUMS HAVE BEEN CLASS OVER THE YEARS AND YOU CAN HEAR THE MUSICAL PROGRESSION THRU TIME.

A TRUE RINGMASTER OF MANY STYLES OF MUSIC INCLUDING ELECTRO, COUNTRY, BLUES AND MANY MANY MORE.

IF YOU WANT SOMETHING OFF THE BEATEN TRACK OR JUST GREAT SONGS BECK IS YA MAN

BETTER GO COZ IM CHOKING LIKE A ONE MAN DUST BALL !!!!!
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars change your way of listening, 2 Dec 1999
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I agree with the above. Truly monumentous. The nineties scorched earth policy made flesh.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Remembered it being better!, 29 April 2010
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Thought i liked BECK but after re-buying this as an upgrade from cassette tape and listening to it once in the hope of reliving my younger years i realised that it is not really all that good! The only decent track is loser, the rest seem to me to be a bit of a jumble of sound and i like to think i have a broad range of music taste! Apart from rock and roll, i cant stand that!
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