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Mirrored

BattlesAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B000OLHGBQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Race: In
2. Atlas
3. Ddiamondd
4. Tonto
5. Leyendecker
6. Rainbow
7. Bad Trails
8. Prismism
9. Snare Hanger
10. TIJ
11. RACE: OUT

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BATTLES is John Stanier (TOMAHAWK, THE MARK OF CAIN), Ian Williams (Don Caballero) and Dave Konopka (LYNX, TYONDAI BRAXTON). 2006 saw the release of 'EP C/ B EP', a uniquely packaged collection of two previous EP's. The sheer musical breadth of their first three EP's, and the lasting impact of their live shows have left fans in eager anticipation of their full length debut 'Mirrored' does not disappoint. The first single "Atlas" is a verifiable anthem, unrelenting and gigantic, but never surrendering the skewed aesthetic of the band's past. This rhythmic rocker features some freaky vocals, a stomping drum beat & a captivating juggernaut of a groove & has a killer video featuring Battles performing in a giant mirrored cube, spinning through outer space, showcasing their inimitable style. Comes with a Free Poster

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sing this hook June 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
To say Battles has their own distinct sound would be an understatement. Some bands are in their own world. Battles is in their own galaxy. A galaxy ruled by mechanical sounding vocals, deep percussion, keyboards that sound like guitars, and guitars that sound like keyboards. It's not quite the Milky Way. It sounds like Turing Machine filtered through a wormhole or something. Really cool, really freaky stuff. And it's the good kind of freaky, not the "weird for the sake of weird" kind. Well, maybe some of it is weird for weird's sake. But it's enjoyable nonetheless.

At first, I wasn't too keen on this. You need to slowly let it tunnel into your consciousness over the course of a few listens. The longer songs (Atlas, Tonto, Rainbow, Tij) are the highlights here, with the other songs seeming more like science experiments as opposed to fully fleshed out songs, with perhaps a couple of exceptions. But those 4 songs, all clocking in at over 7 minutes, are the ones you'll listen to the most when you're not playing through the whole record.

I've played this album for a lot of my friends and none of them seem to know quite what to make of it. Only one flat out told me they didn't like it, but none went nuts over it either. They seemed equal parts intrigued and confused more then anything else. So take that however you want to. All I know is I keep listening to it and enjoying it. It's different, that's for sure. Not for everybody, but I would definitely keep your eye on these fellows either way. I'll never be one to criticize a band for taking chances and doing something different, and Battles is certainly one of those bands.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PRO SLICELY May 27, 2007
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In these hype-machine times we live in, there's a lot of wolf cries on the "next big thing" in music. Because of this, its easy to let some of the real good things pass by when everything is the next, whatever. Not the case for BATTLES. This album, already garnering plenty of attention, is so vital right now, its making a case for the actual "next big thing", but you've heard that before haven't you. What you might not have heard, all this year anyways, is an album this original.

Following a string of well-received EP's, Battles have survived the hype machine and have come out swinging. Calling their newest full length (on Warp Records), Mirrored, an experimental tour de force, or "math rock", would be selling it far short. Its more than the percussive noodling, and vocal effects set to rhythmic beats. Its how a band can use technology and talent to their best advantage. Battles are really trying to stretch their tech savvy arms here and I don't think they realize just how far they can reach. The idea of creating these wonderful, and catchy sound textures is nothing new, they just have found a new way of presenting it. Think of it as music in the age of ipods and wires without abandoning traditional musicianship and talent. The first single, Atlas, is 70's glam stomper, packaged like T-Rex soundtracking a remake of Logan's Run. Fun, exciting and sometimes head scratching odd, all the parts of Atlas somehow add up with amazing results. Sure the tune and the entire album get major help from former Helmet drummer, John Stanier, but this is far removed from anything from that band. The members all seem to meld with the technology, becoming one with the music itself and less concerned about featuring a standout "player" in the band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is it live....or is it Battles? January 4, 2008
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"Math rock" is usually associated with practical complexity. By this I mean that bands that are identified with the genre generally think about the way in which they can perform complex musical material in a live situation. Battles' "supergroup" pedigree includes math rock monsters such as Don Caballero and Helmet, and as a critical fan of so-called "math rock," they have piqued my curiosity since their first EP. However, I never bought any of their albums.

Then I saw the video for "Atlas," and this curiosity became a fascination. I have long been a fan of King Crimson circa 1980, and it seemed like Battles engages contemporary technology and virtuosity in the same way that Fripp and co. did on "Discipline." I immediately bought "Mirrored," and in the final weeks of 2007, it shot up my personal "album of the year" charts.

What is really fascinating and ultimately satisfying about "Mirrored" is unraveling its tapestry of execution. I love to contemplate "who" is playing "what." This form of listening is particularly stimulating when you have a band full of multinstrumentalists that sample, loop, tap, and generally thrash their way through their work.

As usual, the most publicly accessible song on the album is not necessarily the most representative. I think that "Atlas" is great. The video reflects the energy and experimentalism of the band very well. However, there are songs on the album that show "Atlas" to be the "single" that it is. "Tonto" is a beautiful piece of work, as is "Race: In" and "Tij." "Race: Out" is a fun "whack-a-mole" game of "who is playing what" and "Bad Trails" shows Battles' potential for more atmospheric work. The only work that I could offer any critique for is "Rainbows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
John Stanier for president!
Published 1 month ago by Nathan Van Dyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing the limits of what music can be
Ever since seeing the video for "Atlas," Battles had caught my attention. There is something about the voice of Tyondai Braxton that pulls you in, and when mixed with the musical... Read more
Published on May 15, 2012 by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative but extremely different
This album definitely isn't for everyone (I love it) but I think it should be respected. The artists who recorded are gutsy to say the least and have enough creative foresight to... Read more
Published on October 31, 2011 by steelyphil
4.0 out of 5 stars Battles - Mirrored
When Battles' debut, MIRRORED, comes on with the frenzy of drums of "Race: In" (quickly augmented by a twitchy guitar and some whistling), you know you're in for something new. Read more
Published on May 17, 2011 by scoundrel
1.0 out of 5 stars painfully embarrassing to hear
Given the hype, I tried this disc out - and I do mean I tried, several times, to listen all the way through. Impossible. Read more
Published on August 14, 2010 by Stonelove
4.0 out of 5 stars Well fought
Finally delivering on a long awaited full-length promise, this compactly quirky instrumental metal is an audible feast for progressive headbangers searching for tricky textures to... Read more
Published on April 10, 2010 by IRate
2.0 out of 5 stars Surrender
Post-rock, or in this case the Math-Rock sliver of it, tends to come in two flavors. Either bone dry funk-prog (90 Day Men), or mechanical experiments in dynamics (Slint). Read more
Published on December 22, 2009 by Harsh Texture
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius.
One of the most intelligent and thought provoking albums of this decade. Pure genius. Mirrored is one of the few (sort of) instrumental albums I can listen to and really get... Read more
Published on November 5, 2009 by Jack straton
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange. Familiar. Noisy. Melodic. Robots. Men
I can completely understand why this album is not for everyone. The tunes (and they are tunes) might be too noisy for some. The singer/robot's voice may not appeal to others. Read more
Published on October 1, 2009 by Benjamin Musburger
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 thumbs up
Battles Mirrored album is great through and through. Intense instrumentals backed up occasionally by abstract sounding lyrics. Read more
Published on March 2, 2009 by Michael A. Nyre
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