|1. Cold Brains - Beck|
|2. Nobody's Fault But My Own - Beck|
|3. Lazy Flies|
|4. Canceled Check|
|5. We Live Again - Beck|
|7. Dead Melodies|
|8. Bottle of Blues|
|9. O Maria|
|10. Sing It Again - Beck|
|11. Static/Diamond Bollocks (hidden track)|
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!)
The perfect music to sleep to.
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.
Listening to Mutations is a highly gratifying musical experience for me.Read more ›