Mutations

Beck - Mutations
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1998 Ratings: #22 / 107
User Score
Based on 226 ratings
1998 Ratings: #126
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dearsongs
NR

Nigel Godrich produced, one year on from OK Computer. Stands next to Odelay on its own right. Not as off the wall, more just knocking it out of the park indie country/folk songs. Great vocal melodies on here, esp love We Live Again and Dead Melodies. Tropicalia is a without a doubt a great tune, but it feels like the label was like "uh, we need a song for the masses".

HoodieBraden
70

A surprisingly solid follow-up to the remarkable Odelay. Mutations is far from my favorite output from Beck, however, there are a handful of tracks here that I continuously find myself returning to (Cold Brains, Nobody's Fault But My Own, Dead Melodies, etc.). Despite its high rating, I never see anyone talking about this album when discussing Beck. It may be a little underrated!

Strong 7/10

Notorious_Man
78

Don't expect Mutations to be a follow-up to Odelay, because it's really not. It's more so following up the trilogy of independent folk albums he released before he got big both stylistically and conceptually. Mutations is very much subtle and quaint compared to the explosive nature of Odelay and I do have an affinity for this side of Beck. Whilst Sea Change is much somber compared to this record, I think that's where he perfected the folkier side of sound. Nevertheless, Mutations serves as an ... read more

Deft
85

BECK BEST TO WORST (IN 10 SENTENCES OR LESS)

Mutations is a great Beck album. The weirdo geek country tunes on here are jigsawed a lot better into a cohesive album compared to Mellow Gold. I might be alone on this but there might be a bit of David Bowie influence on this joint with tracks like O Maria and Bottle of Blues despite not being in the typical Bowie wheelhouse in lyrics and tone. There’s a lot of twists and turns too despite being limited to a few genres such as Tropicalia ... read more

5

Favourites: N/A

wiloptics
50

Beck starts out Mutations with the psych-folk Cold Brains, which sounds almost like early 2000s Flaming Lips. It's a lovely opener with some space-y synths and bittersweet guitar riffs. Unfortunately, the rest of the album doesn't really deviate much from this sound.

This album is mostly occasionally experimental or psychedelic country-folk, which isn't a bad idea on paper, but when so many tracks all have the same somber riffs and slow tempos, it really just all blurs together without many ... read more

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Track List

1Cold Brains
3:41
71
2Nobody's Fault But My Own
5:02
84
3Lazy Flies
3:43
66
4Canceled Check
3:14
72
5We Live Again
3:03
78
6Tropicalia
3:20
90
7Dead Melodies
2:35
72
8Bottle Of Blues
4:54
86
9O Maria
3:59
84
10Sing It Again
4:18
65
11Static
4:21
82
12Diamond Bollocks
6:00
Hidden Track
95
Total Length: 48 minutes

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