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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the San Francisco garage rock band led by John Dwyer was recorded and mixed by bandmember Chris Woodhouse.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 80
    The Californian five-piece’s 14th album packs everything they’re good at into one concentrated effort: frenetic rock, pulsating psychedelia and buoyant melodies.
  2. Mojo
    Jun 10, 2015
    80
    More confident that last year's transitional Drop, this new line-up's second album together finds Nick Murray's drumming busy and complex, but thrillingly so, lending sophistication to the band;s trademark trash-psych. [Jul 2015, p.91]
  3. Uncut
    May 12, 2015
    80
    Mutilator is very much in the vein of a 2013's career-topping Floating Coffin. [Jun 2015, p.83]
  4. May 26, 2015
    80
    His ninth album as Thee Oh Sees has its fair share of songs that resemble long-lost Nuggets-era gems (Withered Hand and Rogue Planet are particularly bracing). But there is light and shade amid the trademark distortion.
  5. Magnet
    Jun 8, 2015
    80
    Mutilator continues Thee Oh Sees' unprecedented, mind-melting hot streak. [No. 121, p.61]
  6. May 21, 2015
    78
    It sounds different from the old version of the band, but not that different.
  7. 70
    A rather fine rock record indeed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Jun 1, 2015
    9
    I try to stay away from superlative statements. In this world of clickbait, we're barraged by claims that a given album, movie or game is "TheI try to stay away from superlative statements. In this world of clickbait, we're barraged by claims that a given album, movie or game is "The Best Ever", so I feel like those words have been almost entirely sapped of meaning.

    That said, this is already my favorite Oh Sees record of all time. I find it crisper, catchier and more consistent than all of their other albums. For my money, 4 or 5 tracks here are excellent, and the rest are a notch below, but still fun. Really, really, really pleased with this release. I've been listening to it quite a lot (Last.fm says I'm at 35 scrobbles for the past week) and I'm still not tired of it.
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  2. Aug 30, 2018
    8
    Many welcome additions to the Oh Sees catalog. Best tracks are Sticky Hulks, Palace Doctor, Withered Hand, Web, Holy Smokes
  3. Jun 3, 2015
    7
    Thee Oh Sees have prolifically released multiple records over the past few years, each one being an exciting installment of noise rock,Thee Oh Sees have prolifically released multiple records over the past few years, each one being an exciting installment of noise rock, complete with memorable bass and guitar riffs, energetic vocals, and a whole heap of solos. Mutilator Defeated at Last does the exact same thing as their previous records...but boy, it sure does it well. I can't help but be pulled towards this album's immediacy: it is absolutely self-aware. Few rock bands can claim to be so consistent, and Thee Oh Sees have done it again. A bit more creativity and it would have been an 8/10 and a must-listen, but that doesn't stop Mutilator Defeated at Last from being really, really fun to listen to. Expand