Mellow Gold

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Mellow Gold
Studio album by Beck
Released March 1, 1994
Recorded 1993
Genre Alternative rock, neo-psychedelia, anti-folk, lo-fi, experimental rock,[1] noise rock, alternative country, alternative hip hop
Length 47:36
Label DGC
Producer Beck Hansen, Tom Rothrock, Rob Schnapf, Carl Stephenson
Beck chronology
Stereopathetic Soulmanure
(1994)
Mellow Gold
(1994)
One Foot in the Grave
(1994)
Singles from Mellow Gold
  1. "Loser (Originally non-album single)"
    Released: March 8, 1993
  2. "Pay No Mind (Snoozer)"
    Released: April 1994
  3. "Beercan"
    Released: 1994

Mellow Gold is the third studio album by American alternative rock musician Beck, and also his major label debut. Mellow Gold was released on March 1, 1994, following the surprise success of "Loser". Informed by the irreverent Gen X slacker and punk-influenced anti-folk styles of his earlier independent work, critics noted the album's hybrid of styles and ironic, witty lyrics. The decidedly anti-commercial attitude of Mellow Gold became an unexpected commercial success and went platinum.

In an effort to get the album into stores such as Wal-Mart and Kmart, which do not stock albums with a "parental advisory sticker", a clean version of the album was released. Nonetheless, Wal-Mart carried the explicit version of the album, though the move is believed to have been an unintentional oversight.

Mellow Gold reached #13 in the United States and #41 in the United Kingdom. As of July 2008, Mellow Gold has sold 1.2 million copies in the US.[2]

Reception[edit]

Mellow Gold received general acclaim from music critics. AllMusic and Rolling Stone gave it five out of five stars (the latter originally giving it only three and a half.)

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
Robert Christgau A[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[5]

Guitar World magazine ranked Mellow Gold at number four in the "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Beck, except where noted.

  1. "Loser" (Beck, Carl Stephenson) – 3:55
  2. "Pay No Mind (Snoozer)" – 3:15
  3. "Fuckin with My Head (Mountain Dew Rock)" – 3:41
  4. "Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997" – 3:28
  5. "Soul Suckin Jerk" (Beck, Stephenson) – 3:57
  6. "Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)" – 2:55
  7. "Sweet Sunshine" (Beck, Stephenson) – 4:14
  8. "Beercan" (Beck, Stephenson) – 4:00
  9. "Steal My Body Home" – 5:34
  10. "Nitemare Hippy Girl" – 2:55
  11. "Mutherfuker" – 2:04
  12. "Blackhole" – 7:33
    • Includes the hidden track "Analog Odyssey".

Samples credits

"Loser" by Beck

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"Loser"

"Fuckin' with My Head (Mountain Dew Rock)"

"Soul Suckin Jerk"

  • "The Big Beat" by Billy Squier

"Sweet Sunshine"

"Beercan"

Personnel[edit]

  • Beck – vocals, guitars, bass, harmonica, percussion, producer
  • Mike Boito – organ (track 8)
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Tom Rothrock – producer, mixing
  • Rob Schnapf – producer, mixing
  • Karl Stephenson – producer, beats, sampling, sitar (track 1)
  • Petra Haden – violin (track 12)
  • David Harte – drums (tracks 2, 10, 11)
  • Rob Zabrecky – bass (track 12)
  • Robert Fisher – art direction, design
  • Ross Harris – photography
  • Mike O'Connor – drums
Additional personnel
  • DJ Smash – turntables

Charts[edit]

Charts (1994) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7] 25
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[8] 18
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[9] 81
German Albums (Official Top 100)[10] 41
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 23
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[8] 18
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 15
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 33
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 41
US Billboard 200[15] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Review: Mellow Gold". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ask Billboard". Billboard. 2008-07-18. Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Steven Thomas. Beck: Mellow Gold > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  4. ^ Aaron, Charles (25 March 1994). "Mellow Gold Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan (ed.); Hoard, Christian (ed.) (2004). The new Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). p. 55. 
  6. ^ "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994". GuitarWorld.com. July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Beck – Mellow Gold" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Beck – Mellow Gold". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "Beck – Mellow Gold" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  10. ^ "Beck – Mellow Gold". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  11. ^ "Beck – Mellow Gold". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  12. ^ "Beck – Mellow Gold". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  13. ^ "Beck – Mellow Gold". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  14. ^ "Beck | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  15. ^ "Beck Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Beck. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 12, 2014.

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