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Mugison, ‘Mugiboogie’ (Ipecac)

Mugison has often been stamped as the Icelandic Beck, but on his fourth album, he edges onto John Lennon’s turf. The irreverent electro rocker, no stranger to smirking puns and helter-skelter noise, marks a straighter course with Mugiboogie‘s ramshackle rock and Plastic Ono Band snarls. “Jesus Is a Good Name to Moan” nips the acid core of Abbey Road‘s “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” and there’s something in the way he moves through the razor-lined ballad “George Harrison.” Though he inexplicably apes Slayer once again (“I’m Alright”), the tempered ingenuity is an encouraging turn.