Making Mirrors

Grace Robinson
15 September, 2011
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Making Mirrors

Universal Music Australia,


An eclectic mix of sound, style and genre


A little bit over the top at times



Making Mirrors – Melbourne musician Gotye’s third studio album – has received a rapturous response from listeners since its release in August this year.

The 15-track album is am introspective look at relationships and all that it entails; the highs, the lows and very little in-between.

What I like about this album is that it seems to carve out a genre of its own; it’s a thrill to listen to the tracks and not know what to expect from one title to the next. The album is an audio fusion of mainstream pop, indie, orchestral and frenzied sound experimentation. Some of it can sound a little cheesy and over-the-top at times but that’s part of its charm. There’s something here for everyone, of all tastes.

Somebody I Used to Know is an anthemic take on the aftermath of a breakup. It pinpoints an experience common to most, with simple lyrics and a heavy chorus. All the ingredients needed for those who can relate and want to rock out.

State of the Art takes a kooky turn with vocal-transforming effects and a slightly warped melody. But somehow it works, even if a good old sing along isn’t exactly feasible!

Generating a bit of ’60s buzz is Easy Way Out with its Beatle-esque boppy beats and lyrics, a stark contrast to the twisted, slightly paranoid Don’t Worry, We’ll Be Watching You.

There’s a lot to take from the album; Gotye creates music with a multi-lingual precision. The mix is frenetic but its balance is inexplicably genius.

Making Mirrors is a hybrid genre that has the promise of bringing artistic experimentation to mainstream soundwaves; definitely worth a listen.

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