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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the electronic producer who worked on Kanye West's Yeezus, FKA twigs' LP1, Björk's Vulnicura and Kelela's Hallucinogen EP.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
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  1. Dec 18, 2015
    90
    The record’s lack of organization and resistance to stasis work against its accessibility. Those willing to mine such a dense work will be rewarded in a visceral sense, but may be left groping in the darkness for a specific, externally-fabricated meaning. Either way, the abstractness and wandering abandon of Mutant define not only the album, but Alejandro Ghersi’s approach to music.
  2. Nov 20, 2015
    90
    Fast pacing and fragmentary delivery show how Mutant’s tracks operate as experiments in obsessive dysmorphia, taking flaws and magnifying them to scale drama, affect, and beauty out of digital refuse. Exhilarating moments are found next to tracks that only feature impact tail-ends, panned and swirled around a headspace to suspend spatiality further.
  3. Nov 18, 2015
    84
    Mutant is an album of contrasts, and Ghersi has an uncanny ability to let extremes interact with each other to create something new.
  4. Nov 18, 2015
    80
    Whereas Xen had the odd, satisfyingly familiar beat pattern, Mutant is even more punk. It dives headlong into an emotional abyss and proceeds with a rhyme or reason that's up to listeners to determine.
  5. Nov 19, 2015
    80
    Distressing, transcendental and beautiful, it’s a journey so remarkable it could excuse a hundred false starts.
  6. 70
    The downside of the now-ness, the resistance against static definition, is lack of resolution. Mutant is hard to listen to, sometimes in a salutary way and sometimes not.
  7. Nov 20, 2015
    60
    Aside from the brutal norm its twenty, overwhelming tracks follow, Mutant is also capable of digging up gold.

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  1. Jan 19, 2016
    10
    Maybe it's hard listen to entire album the first time, but that stunning atmosphere that Mutant makes by itself makes it so addictive.
    Arca
    Maybe it's hard listen to entire album the first time, but that stunning atmosphere that Mutant makes by itself makes it so addictive.
    Arca never disappoints!!
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  2. Feb 25, 2018
    10
    Not sure this or ''Arca'' is his best album to date. It is amazing how music can touch human feelings. I don't have say anything bad about this album.
  3. Dec 12, 2015
    9
    The sophomore album by Arca, Mutant presents us with a much more aggressive sound in comparison to his debut, the soft and subtle Xen. MutantThe sophomore album by Arca, Mutant presents us with a much more aggressive sound in comparison to his debut, the soft and subtle Xen. Mutant showcases an effective and joyful combination of sounds that don't stick to convenience. They flow freely and steadily to take the listener to the edge of their seat. Using unearthly production and distant, almost alien vocal samples, the album really shows how much Arca has grown since his debut and his versatility to create impressive pieces. Expand
  4. Nov 23, 2015
    8
    Arca can seriously do no wrong. He is so innovative and on this album, he uses some familiar sounds from his debut album, but manages toArca can seriously do no wrong. He is so innovative and on this album, he uses some familiar sounds from his debut album, but manages to morph them into something new. He is truly a genius and has an incredible talent for creating new soundscapes that our modern world has yet to experience. Expand
  5. Dec 3, 2015
    7
    Those looking for sounds similar to Arca's production on Kanye West's Yeezus or FKA Twigs' Lp1 will be surprised when listening to hisThose looking for sounds similar to Arca's production on Kanye West's Yeezus or FKA Twigs' Lp1 will be surprised when listening to his sophomore album. The word "conventional" is nowhere in this album's vocabulary. Take the song "Mutant", for example. The skittering beats and hard-hitting sub-bass at times make it sound like breathing- as if the song was a story of a creation coming to life. To mutate, in a biological sense, means to alter the genetic sequence of an organism. In regards to Arca's music, this is precisely the case as he twists and contorts contemporary music, effectively ruining its genetic code and consequently forming an entirely new being. I at once had a hard time understanding how one can name a song that has no lyrics. Listening the Mutant is hard at times because several songs feel structureless, like a thrown-together hodgepodge. But other songs, such as "Alive", "Mutant", "Vanity", "Sinner", and **** seem to convey thoughts that cannot be expressed in words. Thus, listening to the tracks and reading the titles is the best way to begin understanding the meaning and inspiration. Creating ideas and provoking thought without words is a feat accomplished by a short list of skilled electronic musicians, a list that Arca can join proudly and, with future releases, climb to the top of. Expand
  6. Feb 29, 2016
    7
    while it's hard to find meaning in the beautiful and unique soundscapes, Mutant cements Arca as one of the most forward thinking figures inwhile it's hard to find meaning in the beautiful and unique soundscapes, Mutant cements Arca as one of the most forward thinking figures in electronic music Expand
  7. May 6, 2019
    4
    This is just a bunch of effects all together and thats all. This is really boring.