?Mute Deviation?, by Evenings, works like the underscore to a bad experience and sounds like a slow passive-aggressive build up to mental illness. I don?t know how chic mental problems are nowadays, but there is something about a record that can act like a devil perched on your shoulder who moans about money problems and annoying people. Then again there?s something about any record that can bring on emotions, bad or good. So in that sense, ?Mute Deviation? succeeds with its minimal shifty-eyed synth rumbling where others would simply bring about boredom.
Both tracks work very similarly, starting off slow and glitchy, and intensifying towards the end. While the lack of variation is at times cumbersome and wanting, it works for these two tracks, and makes for a more atmospheric experience, albeit an atmosphere of bad vibes. It sounds like the background noise in Eraserhead, only if there was a movie made out of this album, it would probably be centered on year three of a crystal meth addiction.
While I would not see myself continually listening to ?Mute Deviation?, it is charming in its own way. It?s like going back to middle school and arguing with adults, or for later in life not arguing with anyone and simply stewing in your basement making weird noises with keyboards. 7/10 -- Andrew Sadowski (19 December, 2007)