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Album 4 of 500: Beck – Mellow Gold

February 22, 2010

BAND: BECK
ALBUM: MELLOW GOLD
LABEL: DGC RECORDS/BONGLOAD
RELEASE DATE: MAR 1994

Lyric insanity.  Mr. Hansen came out of nowhere with the slacker anthem, “Loser.” Dubbed to a one hit wonder, Beck proved critics wrong record after record.  Mellow Gold was launched in 1994, grunge when becoming stale and the mass alt scene needed a new hero.  The album was recorded in the 23 year old’s living room on an 8 track  that feature songs about toliets over flowing in cities, working in fast food, alcohol and lame hippie girls.  Each song takes you on this bizarre journey, through the pysche of a mad poet or a really stoned slacker, perhaps both.  In “Whiskeyclone Hotel 1997” Beck lyrics are outstanding for example: “She can talk to squirrels/coming back from the convalescent home/staring at sports cars/crying,”  What is great about that lyric is one can relate to it.  Oh look, there’s that crazy lady that stands at the side of the road and screams. “Truckdrivin’ Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)” opens with a fight between what many believe, roommates who call each drunk and lousy pukes. “Soul Suckin Jerk” tells a story about a kid who burns his fried chicken uniform in chicken fat and ran through a mini mall in his underwear.  The Loser EP has a better version called “Soul Suckin Jerk [reject]”. The end of the record after “Blackhole” ends, about 30 seconds later we are parted with odd space like noises.  This album is perfect, pure genius, its funny, brilliant and made for adults who still talk to their childhood stuff animals.  Only if Beck would revisit this bad acid trip known as Mellow Gold.

A personal note regarding the album:  This is my number ONE favorite album of all time. I will probably work on this one even after I publish it.

RM CRESSER © 2010 500 Rad Records

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