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Mutations

Beck Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
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4. Canceled Check
5. We Live Again - Beck
6. Tropicalia
7. Dead Melodies
8. Bottle of Blues
9. O Maria
10. Sing It Again - Beck
11. Static/Diamond Bollocks (hidden track)

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On his 1996 breakthrough album Odelay, Beck Hansen surprised a sleepy music community by blending funk, rock, rap, alternative, and electronica in ways that were both startlingly innovative and irresistibly catchy. Mutations is equally attention-grabbing but not in the gangbusters-pimp-rock-meets-indie-geek style you might expect. Reflective and plaintive, the album reveals Beck's more sentimental side with an eclectic collection of acoustic-based songs that will sound familiar to anyone who cherishes his indie-rock effort One Foot in the Grave. And don't think just because Beck's gone soft, he's gotten boring. From one song to the next, the chameleonic guru strums pensively, shimmies to a bossa nova rhythm, swirls on a psychedelic cloud, plucks Baroque strains from a harpsichord, and weeps countrified tears into a rusty tin bucket. On Mutations, Beck proves that an undistorted guitar and a bit of creativity can easily sound as exciting as two turntables and a microphone. --Jon Wiederhorn

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5.0 out of 5 stars Influences mutated...in a great way May 17 2004
By T.A.
Format:Audio CD
I read someone else's review--"music to go to sleep to." What an underhanded comment! I think the reviewer meant it well, but I can't agree. The aptly titled MUTATIONS is a collection of songs, each showcasing a different genre of traditional euro-american music (or personal influence), altered or mutated by Beck here in the modern day. Many think this is his least cohesive effort, but I believe it is a collection of very different songs, all held together by a truly giffted performer. Call it a collage--an attempt by Beck to introduce you to each of his musical influences (with a little of that patented "Beck" twist). One thing missing from this mellow output that we saw on STEREOPATHETIC and ONE FOOT--the production quality of this CD is excellent. I almost miss the raw quality of his earlier "folk" sounding recordings. Evrything here is clean and polished. And once again, he astonishes me with incredibly insightful lyrics. Ther are a few weak tracks on this CD, but the good ones are by far his best recordings to date ("Cancelled Check," "Bottle O Blues," "Diamond Bollocks," "Tropicalia," "Nobody's Fault But My Own"). Songs that can make you laugh, then cry in the same breath. Truly amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING CREATIVITY COMPARABLE TO THE BEATLES Feb. 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
Most wouldn't call this one Beck's best album, but it's my personal favourite by Beck. The songs are generally laid-back although there's too much going on in them (and they're just too good) to be considered background music or easy listening. "Nobody's Fault But My Own" in particular is one of Beck's best, most moving songs (at least for someone who can relate to it). It's sooo dreamy, with exotic instruments such as sitar enhancing the mood.
Above all, this is an art album, Beck's forte, and Beck's typically off-the-wall imagery goes hand in hand with his pastiche of crazy sounds and styles. I won't gush about every song, but they're all great. Even the Bossa Nova "Tropicalia," my least favourite, is irrepressible.
Beck's lyrics are ambiguous enough to leave the songs open to wide interpretation, yet they're still so moving, like the delicate "Dead Melodies." Also worth noting is the unlisted bonus cut (whatever it's called). It's almost a conglomeration of everything he's done in the past. The only song that rocks on MUTATIONS, it rocks in a quintessential alt-rock fashion. At the same time, it's loaded with all kinds of musical noises including a Butthole Surfers' style "birdy interlude" and more transformations than you can wrap your mind around with one listen . . . (note to self: Beck is a genius!)
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing, twisted, luminous sonic journey Oct. 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Mutations is the epitome of a great album. From beginning to end, it flows with one haunting song after another, an ideal example of an album not to download and randomly assemble. Its strength is in its power as one cohesive musical experience, connected by a sad-eyed mood present in the production and the songs themselves. The tone evokes the kind of desolate beauty one might find in junkyards or the squalor after a tornado. The sonic plushness ironically heightens the bleakness. Beck incorporates a variety of diverse instruments, including trombone, harpsichord, banjo, and sitar, which allow the songs' 'dead melodies' to resonate. "Tropicolia"'s deep subversiveness is intensified by the cheesy sounding horn section, a commentator that perfectly assesses this tourist trip to a landfill.
The production would have no meaning if it weren't built on phenomenal songwriting. As a lyricist, Beck is highly capable of writing silly lyrics- as one listen to the chorus of "Nicotine and Gravy" from his later Midnight Vultures album affirms. But in Mutations, Beck allows interesting truths to bloom. "Treated you like a rusty blade, a throwaway from an open grave; cut you loose from a chain gang and let you go" he sings on "Nobody's Fault But My Own," arguably the best song on the album. Beck has never sounded so vulnerable and lyrically on-top of things. He's also one of the few artists who writes wholly unique music. His melodes are distinctly Beck. The tragic prettiness of "Dead Melodies" and the bridge of "We Live Again" climax Beck's songwriting ingenuousness and originality. They send chills don't your spine because you've never heard anything like them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mellow Side of Beck June 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
As I've stated in my review for "Mellow Gold," I got turned onto the music of Beck Hansen from the "Loser" video back in '94. Then I bought "Odelay," which if you read my review for that CD, you know I like the overall "groove" of that CD. Like a lot of people, I purchased "Mutations" the day it came out in the stores, expecting "Odelay, Continued." What I heard upon my first listen was different yes, but it was also good. The tracks on here showcase Beck's "mellow" ("Gold" not included) side, and they do so with sincerity. You can really tell that Beck did these songs with feeling along with his trademark musical/lyrical genius. From the retro-sounding, "air-conditioned sun" of "Tropicalia" to "Sing It Again," which is reminiscent of a Willie Nelson piece (I read in some magazine article that Beck actually wrote the song with Willie in mind as the singer) and everywhere in between, the music here is deep and meaningful. Choice cuts are the aforementioned "Tropicalia," "Lazy Flies," (Am I the only one that thinks this song would fit perfectly into a selection of later Beatles songs?) "Cancelled Check," "We Live Again," and the secret track after "Static." (This one hints that Beck hasn't gotten TOO mellow here). If you want a Beck-fueled party, stick with "Odelay" or "Midnite Vultures," which are both good CDs. If you want some simple, deep, atmospheric music that will calm your soul, check out "Mutations" and mellow out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not his Best Piece of Work...
Not Beck's best album. Sounds too much like the Beatles, the Mama's and the Papa's, etc. However, there are a few songs on there that sound more original, i.e. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Dirk-David Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck minus overproduction = Beautiful Music
Why didn't he get here sooner? Odelay and Mellow Gold are good albums but could have been much better had he ditched the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink, additive heavy production. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by M. Westlake
4.0 out of 5 stars "Some strange comfort For a soul to soothe"
Length - 49:12
Conventional has never been in Beck's vocabulary, and I'm so glad it's not. You could talk about all the influences you want, but Mutations is a complete... Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2004 by Blackberries
5.0 out of 5 stars Mutating to the 5 stars
This is Becks best work. It may not be his catchiest or most popular but musically, it stands above the rest of his stuff. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The mellow side of Beck.
Beck puts a lot of emotion into his music, tuning down the fast pace of his other songs. New fans might not like this album as much. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003 by "the_accolade"
5.0 out of 5 stars Ole,Ole Ole to Beck
Before this album,I was impressed with Beck's music.But I never bought it(with the exception of the LOSER single of course). Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2003 by DEAN M. Dent
5.0 out of 5 stars the b-sides to Odelay
Mutations picks up were odelay ends . even though vultures was released after odelay.Again another great cd.if u liked odelay get this cd before sea change or midnite vultures. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by M. Michel
5.0 out of 5 stars beck's low key follow up to odelay
beck's odelay album that had came before this is really, really hard to follow up on. beck of course knew this too. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2003 by mellowgold
4.0 out of 5 stars Great effort
Unfairly overlooked by many because of its complete change from "Odelay", this album showcases the real Beck more accurately: instead of stream-of-consciousness... Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2003 by Kurt Lennon
5.0 out of 5 stars Bexellent!!
This album is so incredibly beautiful; each track consisting of well played music set to wonderful melodies and slick production. Read more
Published on June 15 2003 by "bigheadmodano"
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