Mellow Gold (1994) Both dopey and insinuating, Beck's full-length debut Mellow Gold is total novelty pop, a cheeky mix of Ray Stevens, Falco, and the Beastie Boys. His… Beck Rock
Music Review

Mellow Gold (1994)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Beck; Genre: Rock

Both dopey and insinuating, Beck's full-length debut Mellow Gold is total novelty pop, a cheeky mix of Ray Stevens, Falco, and the Beastie Boys. His hit single, ''Loser'' — with its acoustic slide hook, loping hip-hop beat, and antifolkie aura — might have been dreamed up by a cynical ex-hippie exec to play over the closing credits of Reality Bites. And ''Beercan,'' a white-boy rap with bong loads of studio noodling, proves the winning formula isn't just a fluke. B

Originally posted Mar 25, 1994 Published in issue #215 Mar 25, 1994 Order article reprints