Mellow Goldby Beck
From its kaleidoscopic array of junk-culture musical styles to its assured, surrealistic wordplay, Beck's debut album, Mellow Gold, is a stunner. Throughout the record, Beck plays as if there are no divisions between musical genres, freely blending rock, rap, folk, psychedelia, and country. Although his inspired sense of humor occasionally/i>/a>… See more details below
From its kaleidoscopic array of junk-culture musical styles to its assured, surrealistic wordplay, Beck's debut album, Mellow Gold, is a stunner. Throughout the record, Beck plays as if there are no divisions between musical genres, freely blending rock, rap, folk, psychedelia, and country. Although his inspired sense of humor occasionally plays like he's a smirking, irony-addled hipster, his music is never kitschy, and his wordplay is constantly inspired. Since Mellow Gold was pieced together from home-recorded tapes, it lacks a coherent production, functioning more as a stylistic sampler: there are the stoner raps of "Loser" and "Beercan," the urban folk of "Pay No Mind (Snoozer)," the mock-industrial onslaught of "Mutherfuker," the garagey "Fuckin' With My Head (Mountain Dew Rock)," the trancy acoustic "Blackhole," and the gently sardonic folk-rock of "Nitemare Hippy Girl." It's a dizzying demonstration of musical skills, yet it's all tied together by a simple yet clever sense of songcraft and a truly original lyrical viewpoint, one that's basic yet as colorful as free verse. By blending boundaries so thoroughly and intoxicatingly, Mellow Gold established a new vein of alternative rock, one that was fueled by ideas instead of attitude.
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- Geffen Records
Performance CreditsBeck Primary Artist
Mike Boito Organ
Petra Haden Violin
David Harte Drums
Rob Zabrecky Bass
Technical CreditsBeck Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Tom Rothrock Producer,Engineer
Rob Schnapf Producer,Engineer
Karl Stephenson Producer
Robert Fisher Art Direction
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The definitive Beck album, Mellow Gold combines the best of his early folk sound A Western Harvest Moon/Golden Feelings/One Foot in the Grave/ with the electronic sound he has developed more and more. A breakthrough album that will someday become a classic.
although i enjoyed the other albums of his, this one bit the dust. his creativity was lacking in the areas that it usually thrives. I hope that beck will make up the difference in an upcoming album if possible ,because i still se myself as a fan of beck, and would hate to see myself quit listening.
As the beggining of his integration with the mainstream, Mellow Gold is where any music fan should start with Beck. The songs on this album retain the uncomromised catchiness of his unreleased albums, with the extremely awsome accesabilty of his later efforts. This is definitely Beck's turning point and anyone with any self dignity should be packin' this cd in thier collection alongside Odelay and Mutations
Mellow Gold is proof that anyone with a four track and a sense of humor can record a ground-breaking album. There is no question that Beck is an extremely talented song writer, but the real lure of this album is it's lo-fi homegrown sound, and Beck's abiltity to blend folk, rock, rap and country together seamlessly. Although the second half does slow down a little bit, the listener will never tire of listening to the sardonic, cryptic lyrics.
Beck's 1994 debut, Mellow Gold, is a stunner not just because of the songs themselves, but the ideas and aesthetic he employs throughout. Beck freely blends rock, rap, folk, country, industrial, garage, and numerous others into a delicious lo-fi whole. His lyrics are free associative but have sustained wit and humore in his imagery that keep them not just listenable but bursting with ideas. Just a cursory listen to Mellow Gold justifies its place as one of the pioneers of the 90's alternative revolution.