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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B004S526PK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6. My Machines (Featuring Gary Numan)
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8. Sweetie & Shag (Featuring Kazu Makino)
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11. White Electric
12. Sundome (Featuring Yamantaka Eye)

Editorial Reviews

It is true that Gloss Drop is a bewitching, entrancing album that defies both categorization and easy analysis. Just as Mirrored was a massive leap on from the early EPs that first got them noticed, this is truly another seismic shift, propelling them once more into uncharted territory. It is a sheer sense of fun, unpredictability and inventiveness that sets Battles apart from every other contemporary group. Drummer John Stanier sums this up succinctly: ''I don't think challenging, new music has to be super serious all the time. That's really boring to me and pushing boundaries should not be boring.'' While other acts are content to deal in revivalism or stasis, Battles are still looking for far-off boundaries to study and then demolish, searching for new and exotic styles to mesh together. Stanier concludes: ''When we're writing songs, no one in this group has ever said 'Wait, we've gone too far. This isn't a Battles song.' Because what is a Battles song? We don't know. All I know is that there are no parameters and no boundaries. That is the whole point and has been since day one.''

Customer Reviews

"Gloss Drop" is stronger overall.
M. Buisman
This album is truly addictive, ever since I first put it on I keep on listening to it, up to 4 times per night.
A. Schouten
These guys are good and they know it, and watching them play is awesome to say the least.
Dan Bergevin

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Buisman on June 20, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Battles' musical style is such that losing a member means losing all the songs he played on, which was shown at their show in the Melkweg not too long ago. No Atlas or Tonto were played, but it was still easily one of the best concerts of the year so far. The departure of Tyondai Braxton left some, including me, wondering what would become of the Battles sound. "Gloss Drop" provides the answer, and a surprising one. Some elements are still intact; John Stanier's drumming is still some of the best in the alternative music scene. It takes about a minute in opener `Africastle' but the pounding is relentless and tight, like it was on "Mirrored" but it does not dominate the album.

What has changed is the overall mood. "Mirrored" could be dark and brooding at times, "Gloss Drop" is at times almost upbeat. This is in part because of the high pitched keyboards, which Ian Williams has more space for now. It even has melodies! The drumming and beats are almost more towards hiphop where the funky beats have replaced the really weird solid beats on "Mirrored".

Dave Konopko still provides the rumbling background sound with bass and lowtuned guitar.
Braxton was the singer but has been replaced with a score of guest vocalists. How do they do this live you ask? Well, two screens show images of the singer singing the vocals, and this can be manipulated. The brilliant `Ice Cream' vocals are provided by Chilean/German Matias Aguayo, and even Gary Numan shows up in the drum-heavy `My Machines'.

It is unfair to compare "Mirrored" with "Gloss Drop". The moods of the album are different, mostly because of the changing musical dynamics. "Gloss Drop" is stronger overall.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ibanezarus on June 10, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Fell in love with the different layers of Mirrored, with each song being kinda like a flaky pastry. Know what I mean? You peel it back and there's another tasty layer. Well Gloss Drop is more like a Gobstopper. Still has those tasty layers, but it's a totally different food altogether. I agree about cruising to this during the summer with the windows down and volume up. Good stuff guys.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By s.t. on June 7, 2011
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Without former vocalist Tyondai Braxton around, 'Gloss Drop' of course feels a bit less "songy" than 'Mirrored.' But, really, who lists that quality among reasons to listen to Battles releases? Regardless, this is quite an infectious sugary rush of beats here, much more joyously kinetic than their pre-Mirrored material, and a number of guests vocalists stop by once in a while to change things up. All in all, "Gloss Drop" is an effortlessly enjoyable record that's a lot of fun to blast on some decent speakers. Current standout tracks: Ice Cream, Inch Worm, My Machines, and Sundown.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. McCloskey on July 10, 2011
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Dare I say Yes-like? King Crimson-like? With a kettle drum in certain tracks for a tropical flavor, like the pineapple wedge on the rim of a cool tall refreshing sweet progressive music drink. Get it and drink it up. Exclamation point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 10, 2011
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I didn't want to like this. I didn't know anything about Battles but this pile of pink string in the shape of ice cream just called out to me. I put it on in the record store, and though I was set against electronic music with no singing--at least on the first track--but it is infectious. I've heard people say it has no soul, but it sure is fun. I read about the math that went into it, but for me it's the most innovative stuff dance tunes I've heard in a while. People said Mirrors with old singer Braxton is better. I tried Mirrors. In my opinion, this one's a lot better. I returned Mirrors and got this one. An MP3 wasn't good enough. I had to go vinyl on this and blast it. Electronic music is the music of this decade, but of all the stuff so far this sounds like it took more virtuosity than usual and for me has a lot of heart, if not soul. Glad I picked it up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z. Strankman on August 5, 2011
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this album is full of ever changing styles and structures that make it absolutly, positively, fun to listen to. The craft of songwriting is on full display here, and these guys are complete masters of their respective instruments. thats the fun part for me, listening to the way the songs sound like they may have been crafted on a computer, only to realize they are played on standard guitars, keys, and a freakin beast of a drum set. John Stanier is doing things on this album that in my opinion, he didnt get to do on Mirorred. The syncopation here is breathtaking. The fills, the heavy metronome beats, to the frenetic off time changes he pulls off somehow, make me convinced that hes one of the best drummers working right now. I will go on record saying that i like Gloss Drop more then their debut LP, because it seems more eclectic, musically. The guest vocalists, the bumpier yet contained song structures, really work for me.yes, Mirrored was a groundbreaking album for many reasons, and while i found it to be totally unique and interesting, i just couldnt get into whatever they were trying to do with that one. I think the cartoon/chimpmunk vocals of Braxton were a big part of that. a lot of people thought it was genious, i thought it was kind of annoying most of the time. like fingernails on the chalkboard annoying. but Drop is different. the vocals complete the music, they are a part of it instead of being soooo out there and unique they stole the show, and not in a good way imo. bottom line, Battles have made a very impressive record here. the best of 2011 so far, hands down.
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