BECK Released His Bluesy Longplayer ‘MUTATIONS’ 20 Years Ago Today…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

3 November 2018

Artist: BECK

Album: MUTATIONS – his third LP

Released: 3 November 1998 – 20 years ago today

ROLLING STONE wrote: “On ‘Mutations’ – recorded in two weeks last spring – Beck stops talking down to his tuneful side. Compared with the funk collage of 1996’s ‘Odelay’ or the raw anti-folk of 1994’s ‘One Foot in the Grave’, this is an album of comfort songs. Assisted by Nigel Godrich (who co-produced Radiohead‘s ‘OK Computer’), Beck finally gives his melodies, some of them, like ‘Cancelled Check’ and ‘Static’ as old as his first demo tapes, the full studio treatment, letting them seep into pellucid Sixties folk-pop arrangements… ‘Mutations’ brims with death, decay and decrepitude. But in its own peculiar way, it’s also his prettiest record to date… Like the blues singer he once wanted to be, he broods, moans and frets – but there’s joy in the music.” Full review here – Score: 4/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: When Beck goes bluesy, country and croony he creates a yearning dreamland where you want to wander around, just on your own, to relax and
to moon. ‘Mutations‘ is a highly fitting soundtrack to alleviate your twilight moments.

Top Tracks: Nobody’s Fault But My Own / We Live Again / Tropicalia / Bottle Of Blues / Static

MUTATIONS in full…

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BECK: Website – Facebook – All Albums


First class musical chameleon

(photo: FB Beck))

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