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Mutations

BeckAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)

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Beck has traveled light years from being pegged as a reluctant generational spokesperson when “Loser” metamorphosed from a rejected demo to a ubiquitous smash. Instead he wound up crystallizing much of the post-modern ruckus of the ‘90s alternative explosion, but in his own unpredictable manner: Beck's singular career has been one that's seen him utilize all manners ... Read more in Amazon's Beck Store

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  • Audio CD (November 3, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: November 3, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B00000DHYK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cold Brains - Beck
2. Nobody's Fault But My Own - Beck
3. Lazy Flies
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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Beck Hansen's most accessible disc to date all but defies comparison. It's a little Donovon, a little early Bowie and some Beatles' white album tossed in for good measure. But these similarities do not overpower - they wash in and out with the ebb and flow of one genre morphing into another. For Mutations, Beck has put aside the discordant hip-hop of Odelay! and goofy Gen-X snicker-snicker of Mellow Gold. Languid vocals and a hypnotic mood prevail over rich layers of acoustic arrangments, twang, psychedelia, synths, sitars and even bossa nova. Like a travelogue into his subconscious, Mutations tours Beck's psyche, his influences and varying moods. Songs like "Bottle Of Blues" and "Canceled Check" are catchy, hummable ditties, while "Cold Brains," "Nobody's Fault But My Own" and "We Live Again" mesmerize with their introspective meanderings. Seems that America's most adorable geek has grown up. Lest you think he takes himself too seriously, Beck's grotesque imagery and clever musings sting with irony. Somehow, though, he still maintains a sincerity that distinguishes himself from the hipster wannabes out there trying to smirk their way onto a Rolling Stone cover.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck's "fake" album (How Stupid to Call It That!) April 13, 2005
By Sakos
Format:Audio CD
When Mutations came out after Odelay!, critics and fans said it wasn't a "real" Beck album, mostly due to its acoustic nature. What rubbish. This is a fantastic album, showing Beck to be more talented than a lot of people thought with his singing, songwriting, and guitar playing really shining here. And the songs, overall, are awesome. Tropicalia, Bottle of Blues, Nobody's Fault But My Own, Lazy Flies, Cold Brains, and an AWESOME hidden track (Diamond Bollocks) that is a cross between what Beck did on Odelay! and what he would do on Midnite Vultures. Just awesome.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great array of colorful melodies and hot beats November 6, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe the consistency with which Beck shows his ability to manipulate so many types of music. This is a great example. You know how there are those CDs where you listen to a few tracks, but you skip the rest? Well, this is not one of those. This is one where you listen all the way through and love it. Beck's gotta be credited as one of the greatest musicians today. Who else comes up with an album on a yearly basis? And don't say Backstreet Boys, cause that's crap. I'm talkin' about people who write their own music and lyrics, and actually put themselves into it. Beck is obviously influenced by such greats as The Beatles, Bob Dylan and others, and he's not ashamed to show it. If you liked Odelay, this may not be your bag, but if you like Beck, you'll love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mutated solidity (4.5 stars) June 25, 2005
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It is my opinion that the only things Beck needs to make a good album are his harmonica and his crazy lyrics. And this album is proof of that (although the harmonica isn't used often enough); there are no synthesizers, no pounding bass lines, no ear-piercing electric guitar solos. Instead, just acoustic guitars, and the voice of a generation's followed leader. Beck himself warned this release was not going to be alike Mellow Gold or Odelay. That is very true. This is more or less what Beck wished his early, early works (on 'albums' such as Stereopathetic Soulmanure and One Foot In The Grave) had sounded like: polished country/rock tunes. Despite what people will tell you, Mutations is a great, solid album that can be played from beginning to end without urges to skip songs--if you enjoy the softer, acoustic feel of Beck's music that was present in songs like "Ramshackle" and "Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997".

The only song that can be mentioned beside Odelay, "Diamond Bollocks", is hidden at the end of the album, because Beck felt it was inferior to the rest of the tracks (fittingly so). It is a genius, six-minute free-for-all track that is really worth the price of this disc by its lonesome. But as for the rest of the album, just as much praise should be given, if not more. The main singles, "Tropicalia" and "Nobody's Fault But My Own", are both excellent, while it's the likes of "Bottle Of Blues", "Cold Brains" and "Sing It Again" that stand out as (unknown) gems. "Cold Brains" is simple, but catchy enough to get you singing along. "Bottle Of Blues", equally as catchy, swings through twang and extra-strange lyrics for five long minutes. And "Sing It Again" carries its beautiful dreariness into one of Beck's greatest harmonica solos of all-time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beck's Talent Laid Bare August 4, 2005
By Ann
Format:Audio CD
This album was a surprise to me- in the best sense possible. The liner notes were also surprising. Beck plays nearly every instrument on Mutations, which was especially notable to me because of the incredible musicianship demonstrated throughout the album. The best barometer of musicianship can be the 1-minute improvised or semi-improvised solo (on whatever instrument the performer plays) and Mutations has some of the best guitar solos by a mainstream artist in recent memory. "O Maria" and "Sing it, Again" being two excellent examples.

Throughout the album, which is weird and beautiful, usually at the same time, Beck's musicianship, songwriting gifts, and overall mastery of his craft is laid bare. There certainly are a plethora of diverse instruments on the album, some not played by Beck (trombone, sitar, cello, har flute) but they service a format that is very traditional. These are bluesy, country-folk inspired tunes with relatively straightforward and direct melodies. Even "Tropicalia," (ironically, a bossa-nova not tropicalia tune) with its shift in genre and brass section, still flows within the context of the album because of the uniform substance of the melody and lyrics and their predominance in the foreground over the production.

Thelyrics blend characteristic bluesy themes (heartache, sadness- both genuine and tongue-in-cheek) with Beck's singular brand of satirical commentary on a culture he perceives as declining and crass. Sometimes, this occurs at the same time. On "Bottle of Blues," Beck sings "I just found me a bottle of blues/Some strange comfort for a soul to soothe/Ain't it hard, ain't it hard/To want somebody who doesn't want you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beck's Most Underrated Masterpiece
The first time I heard this album I was underwhelmed, to say the least. Nothing really stuck out to me and it just drifted by without much melody or invention. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Lunar Boulevard
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh.
I was hoping for more. This album is like sea change with a faster tempo. Not one of my favorites.
Published 2 months ago by dejaentendu247
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this one?
What an album!
Every tune is gorgeous. I'll be playing this one over and over for some time to come.
Published 4 months ago by R. Slesinski
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good, mostly bad
The first track to this album is okay, but everything else pretty well sucks. It sounds like of bunch of whinny puss music that is indicative of Radio Head with their hit song... Read more
Published 11 months ago by tdma_tester
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical cerebral Beck
Always a fun time with a Beck album to trigger provoking, out of the box thinking. have never heard a bad Beck album
Published 14 months ago by Sunrock
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Good service, great music! do i really need to meet a word requirement?do i really need to meet a word requirement?
Published 17 months ago by Joshua Ronald Cauwels
5.0 out of 5 stars conosciuto grazie a You Tube
un artista giovane molto giovane, ha saputo trovare il modo di fare una musica alternativa e gradevole i suoi video sono bellissimi sembra di camminare per le vie di New York... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Fulvio Testa
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised
I was really surprised at how many good songs are on this album. It definitely has a country-western sound, but it's still unmistakably Beck.
Published 20 months ago by Jake Beale
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck the chameleon
As with "Sea Change", Beck has proven that he can do it all in pop/rock/funk/soul/rap music. I really love the diversity of "Mutations". Read more
Published on September 4, 2010 by G. Randolph
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Beck's ever
This is the best record of Beck, for sure. Only "SEA CHANGE" can compare. Mutations reminds me some "Barrett-like" feelings. Read more
Published on April 14, 2010 by S. Alessandro
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