Meaning of the title
It's a word that represents the music on the record. In some ways the approach to the album was a throwback. Like you said, not a lot of things are in quotation marks. It's not a pastiche. But at the same time, it's not pure. Certain elements are country rock or folk rock; but even though you don't hear it, these songs were written in a time when hip-hop, drum-and-bass, all manner of musical hybrids exist. Whatever imprint that's left on me, it's part of the music. So I think of Mutations as a positive word, not something that represents abnormality of an aberration.
DeCurtis, Anthony, 'Q&A', Rolling Stone magazine, Date???