Loser (Music - Beck) What's that eardrum-grabbing mesh of hip-hop drums, slide guitar, and whiny hook you're beginning to hear on the radio? It's "Loser," by 23-year-old L.A. singer-songwriter… Loser (Music - Beck) What's that eardrum-grabbing mesh of hip-hop drums, slide guitar, and whiny hook you're beginning to hear on the radio? It's "Loser," by 23-year-old L.A. singer-songwriter… Beck Rock
Music Review

Loser (1994)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Beck; Genre: Rock

What's that eardrum-grabbing mesh of hip-hop drums, slide guitar, and whiny hook you're beginning to hear on the radio? It's ''Loser,'' by 23-year-old L.A. singer-songwriter Beck. First released last summer on a tiny Hollywood label, the undeniably addictive ''Loser'' threw Beck (full name: Beck Hansen) into an unlikely bidding war, with Geffen's DGC label winning out. The result is the national release of the song, and four others, on the five-song CD Loser (DGC). Like its charmingly grating title song, the rest of ''Loser'' is essentially a white-guy take on the pothead hippie-rap of Cypress Hill, Arrested Development, and the Jungle Brothers. The added attraction is sheer mystique: Sounding like a slacker rattling around in a basement opium den, Beck is a stoner folkie one song, a white rapper railing against dead-end jobs the next. (Those fuzzy cover photos don't help, either.) ''I don't know what the f--- is going on,'' he slurs at record's end. Perhaps his first full album, Mellow Gold, due in March, will help us figure that out, too. B+

Originally posted Feb 11, 1994 Published in issue #209 Feb 11, 1994 Order article reprints
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