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ABOUT MAKING MIRRORS
Ask Belgian-born Gotye about his new album Making Mirrors (Fairfax Recordings / Universal Republic), out this winter, and he'll speak not of songs, but of sounds. Listen to Making Mirrors and you'll be drawn in by the details, transported to a world where every moment matters.
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Samples N Records
  • ASIN: B0007L6NT4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By andyc on May 19, 2007
Melbourne, Australia is becoming a hotbed of this type of art, what with the Avalanches and Wally/Gauthier "Gotye" de Bakker. The aim is to produce lush, witty, captivating music by clever editing of huge numbers of multilayered samples. Gotye not only succeeds brilliantly, but also affectionately pastiches a huge range of different genres over the tracks of this album. "Boardface" is extremely good, but sometimes, the pastiches are perhaps a little too close to identifiable source tracks, which can get distracting. "What Do You Want?", for example, is dangerously close in part to Goldfrapp's "Human". Styles range through hypnotic ambient ("The only thing I know"), trip-hop a la Massive Attack, cod-reggae ("Out of my Mind"), and "Here in this Place" is what happens when Roxy Music's "Avalon" collides with Latin Quarter's "America for Beginners", and the result is drenched in po-faced irony.

The whole album is great, but the sequel "Like Drawing Blood" is more polished, more confident, and stands more independently of its influences.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A fellow with a keyboard on July 17, 2012
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I almost gasped when I learned that there was a guy on hit radio who writes and composes his own music. Then I definitely gasped when I learned he makes experimental music.

Gotye (the stage name of Wally De Backer) crams in a little bit of everything: Turkish drums, West African thumb pianos, a bass line constructed from samples of an instrument called the Winton Musical Fence. It's an actual fence in the Australian outback. He pours these sounds into songs that run from buzzy garage funk to psychedelic neo-exotica to electro Motown. The result, as Rolling Stone put it: "ingenious, oddly touching, refreshingly emphatic bedroom pop. Think Beck with less irony, and more, um, fence."

I can't tell you how thrilling/relieving/weird it is that such a musician has broken into the dance-pop-glitz infested modern hit music scene. I thoroughly endorse Gotye for that reason alone.

Musically, though, I don't think he's quite there yet. It's as interesting as Beck's music, but it doesn't hang together as well as Beck's music. Gotye himself admits he's "less of a musician, more of a tinkerer." I love his tinkering, but I want to see him grow into more of a musician.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Naples Pet Sitter on July 31, 2012
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LOVE GOYTE - this album completes my collection of all his printed work - company was top notch - had no issues rec-ing. Great album - thrilled to have found in USA!!!!
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