About this product
|Record Label:||Universal Republic|
|Genre:||Rock & Pop|
1. Making Mirrors
2. Easy Way Out
3. Somebody That I Used to Know
4. Eyes Wide Open
5. Smoke and Mirrors
6. I Feel Better
7. In Your Light
8. State of the Art
9. We'll Be Watching You Don't Worry
10. Giving Me a Chance
11. Save Me
|Playing Time:||42 min.|
|Producer:||Wally De Backer|
Audio Mixer: Francois Tetaz.Stepping out from behind the piano/drums of Melbourne indie pop three-piece the Basics for the third time, Belgian-Australian multi-instrumentalist Wally De Backer, aka Gotye's first solo record in five years, Making Mirrors, reveals a love of the '80s pop scene, which extends far beyond the usual influences of the current nu-synth brigade. The hugely experimental follow-up to 2006's Like Drawing Blood doesn't discriminate against other decades, as evident on the impossibly uplifting '60s retro soul of "I Feel Better," the '70s West Coast harmonies of the ethereal lullaby-like closer "Bronte," the '90s Beck-esque scuzzy garage rock of "Easy Way Out," and the 2000s hushed, claustrophobic dubstep of "Don't Worry, We'll Be Watching You." But seemingly unaffected by the constant comparisons with the likes of Sting and Peter Gabriel, it's the era of early new wave, dub, and worldbeat which defines its 12 tracks. Unexpected chart-topper "Somebody That I Used to Know," a collaboration with New Zealand vocalist Kimbra, is an oddball break-up song whose stuttering rhythms, reggae hooks, and hushed vocals sound like the Police as remixed by the XX, "Smoke and Mirrors" echoes the avant-garde pop of Gabriel's So, with its pounding tribal drums, orchestral flourishes, and new age melodies, while there are also nods to George Michael's "Faith" on the acoustic gospel-pop of "In Your Light"; the impassioned Aussie rock of Midnight Oil on the ecologically themed "Eyes Wide Open," and electro pioneer Thomas Dolby on the strange, vocodered vocals, spoken word samples, and skank guitars of the trippy "State of the Art." Familiar they may be, but some credit has to go to De Backer for managing to weave these eclectic retro sounds into a cohesive affair, which proves that along with recent efforts by Art vs. Science and Architecture in Helsinki, Australia is fast becoming one of the biggest purveyors of quality experimental pop. ~ Jon O'Brien
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- flawless716May 4, 2014by
Making Mirrors is an enjoyable CD
I bought this due to the one song on it.."Somebody that I use to Know" and the customer reviews I had read . This is a decent CD and I would recommend it. I also liked the cd cover/art work...it was different and I always appreciate when the song lyrics are enclosed.
- nanakuehnNov 28, 2012by
Great album from top to bottom!
Connected with Gotye's music with 'Somebody That I Used to Know', and found many songs I like better on the album. Saw him in concert, and was blown away.
- magictruffle13Oct 21, 2012by
Far more than "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Everyone keeps spouting about "Somebody That I Used To Know" (which btw if you like this song, check out Kimbra, the girl who sings with him; she is great!) but that is nowhere near the best song on this soundtrack.<br><br>"State of the Art," probably my favorite on the CD, is both interesting and a bit creepy (although the creepiest is definitely "Don't Worry, We'll Be Watching You." Music video gave me the creeps!).<br><br>"Save Me" is a very inspiring song and has my boyfriend singing every time.<br><br>Now if you want a truly beautiful song, look at "Bronte". The video for "Bronte" had an artistic mix between the Gorillaz and Princess Mononoke. It brought tears to my eyes; it is simply gorgeous.<br><br>And if you can get the CD with the bonus tracks, I would highly recommend it. "Dig Your Own Hole" is a very catchy and likeable song. I'm listening to it right now!<br><br>As I said previously, this CD far exceeds "Somebody That I Used To Know" when it should be praised for the other songs on it. It is honestly worth buying.Read full review
- jimmydoll319Oct 11, 2012by
I love "Somebody That I Used to Know", so I purchased. It is in a different type CD Case, which almost worried me that I had gotten something wrong. In fact, it is easier to store more CDs in the same area as the plastic case.<br>The CD itself is very different, but enjoyable.
- imisstokyoJul 6, 2012by
You will see many other great work than Somebody...
I love it! It is full of his great music. As Gotye says, his work is not only "Somebody that I used to know", but so much more.