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.