AOTY 2021

Mutator

Alan Vega - Mutator
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #271 / 672
User Score
Based on 49 ratings
Liked by 1 person
April 23, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sacred Bones / Label
Post-Industrial / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH
Brash, poetic, and romantically obtuse, even from the grave Alan Vega is as challenging as he is charming.
100
Record Collector

This towering set was recorded after 1995's Dujang Prang, Vega on raging form against its dense, brutal maelstroms of circuit carnage, streets sounds, mangled hip-hop beats and contrasting celestial starbusts ... Still timelessly relevant and utterly magnificent.

80
The Arts Desk
This album makes it clear that Vega’s spirit continued to shine brightly after the Suicide years and leaves the listener in no doubt as to why Vega was and remains such an influence for so many synth-wielding outsiders.
80
Loud and Quiet

On Mutator, Vega’s jet-black sensibility thrills from beyond the grave.

80
FLOOD Magazine

Sometimes art is a masterpiece not despite the state in which the departed left it, but because of it. Through the efforts of Lamere and Artaud, Vega’s Mutator falls into that category.

80
Clash
‘Mutator’ is not an epitaph or vault-scraping footnote; it is a painful reminder that New York lost one of its important critical voices when Vega passed away in 2016.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Mutator proves that Vega was capable of moments of excellence, even without his Suicide co-pilot Martin Rev.

70
AllMusic

Easily as good as the music that he released when it was recorded, Mutator is an enticing first dive into the Vega vault that will whet fans' appetites for more.

60
Mojo
Samurai is a cheesy teen ballad similar to those written by David Lynch and Angelo Badlamenti, where Vega gives us bulletins on the Magi and unsolved murders. It's typically unsettling and helps give the album some welcome structure.
60
NME
Although it undoubtedly remains in step with the ‘90s music that Vega inspired, with its shoegazing atmospheres and darktronic menace – it feels a little adrift and out of context.
60
Spectrum Culture

Mutator is Alan Vega at his most inimitable, but not really his best. Far more than just crumbs from an icon’s table, but not the hoped-for lost masterpiece

TheCarioca
62
Trinity - 2/5
Fist - 3/5
Muscles - 3/5
Samurai - 3/5
Filthy - 3/5
Nike Soldier - 4/5
Psalm - 4/5
Breath - 3/5
Vegemite
75
User crítics sucks.
NTTR
51
Alan Vega - Mutator

Genre: Post Industrial
Country: US

Final Verdict: 51% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 354th / 375

Highlight: Muscles

Made me think of:
Xiu Xiu
Cabaret Voltaire
Asred7dreften
45
bad execution
ShoegazeJake
100
This fucking bangs. What are you virgins talking about? RIP to a legend, it’s an honor to be able to hear this work.
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Added on: February 24, 2021