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  • Summary: Kimbra guests on the single "Somebody That I Used To Know" from the first album in five years from the Belgian-Australian Wally De Backer as Gotye.
  • Record Label: Universal Republic
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jan 31, 2012
    Unlike other overhyped albums that have achieved similar fame, Making Mirrors is the real deal.
  2. Feb 1, 2012
    Overall, the charms of the album make it more than a knockoff of more established pop brands; it often feels like Making Mirrors bounces their reflections into fresh focus.
  3. Mar 16, 2012
    Quirky nods to power pop, jazz, and even sci-fi dub suggest a restless, Beck-like future. [April 2012, p.107]
  4. Jan 30, 2012
    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.
  5. Feb 13, 2012
    Sadly, this album has as many misses as hits.
  6. Feb 9, 2012
    A maverick worth watching.
  7. The wan vocals and listless melodies conspire to render such eclecticism [on this album] as flavourless as a Cup-a-Soup variety pack.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Mar 25, 2012
    This album is one of the best things of 2012 for me so far, there isn't a song i dislike on the whole CD. Also love how each song is very different from the last... GREAT ALBUM! buy now Expand
  2. Aug 19, 2012
    I found Gotye through his chart smashing single 'Somebody That I Use To Know.' When listening to that song I was relieved, I finally found a chart track that had soul, meanings and full of expressive thoughts. After hearing this song I went on to google for more of his records and found his album 'Making Mirrors' and it was worth the money, best money I have ever spent, period. It has everything you want on an album, a gorgeous introduction followed by a smart and interesting outro, and in-between that pieces of gold chunks filled full of yummy waves and expressive sound chunks. Expand
  3. Feb 28, 2012
    When the opening track, which is only 1 minute long, started, I feared this album wouldn't be as great as I hoped, but it turned out I was wrong. Easy Way Out, Eyes Wide Open and Somebody That I Used to Know are some great indie pop songs that gave me the impression that this was going to be a good album.

    And then the great stuff kicked in. Smoke and Mirrors is a very classy song with a progressive sound and one of my favorites on the album. After 2 songs that take inspiration from soul and George Michael, the album reaches its peak (at least for me), with the groovy, psychedelic State of the Art and the creepy, alienating Don't Worry We'll Be Watching You. From this point, the album builds off with Giving Me a Chance and Save Me, the first one being a soft, sad song and the second being a clear and fun song. Finally the album closes with Bronte, my favorite from the album, for Gotye really sings with his heart and the song is soothing yet sad. Overall a fantastic album, that shows a lot of different styles but never feels too inconsistent. I highly recommend anyone to listen to this album, I think anybody who likes music can find at least one song on this album that fits his/her style.
  4. Feb 1, 2012
    A really effervescent album full of songs that fizzle in your ears. The first half of tracks somehow flows nonchalantly, then it goes into the last half of mature and mellow songs. My favorite tracks: 'Somebody That I Used To Know', 'I Feel Better', 'In Your Light'. Expand
  5. Apr 24, 2013
    Excellent sounds, beats, and jaw dropping vocals..especially in "I Feel Better". Gotye will soon take over the worldbeat industry if he can keep creating albums like these. Expand
  6. Dec 4, 2012
    Gotye lets his more commercially accessible music take the fore this time around. Previous albums were a mixture of texture & style and as such, new fans working backwards through his albums will be surprised by the lonesome trip-hop of Boardface and moody 80's experimentalism of Like Drawing Blood. Both previous albums contained some pop songs that could have had some mainstream success given the chance. But listeners put off by his varying styles might not have reached them. On Making Mirrors Gotye leads with three big catchy songs, all singles marking his intent to grab the listeners attention from the off. He drifts back into his familiar genre hopping and quieter moments for the second half of the album. Starting off I found myself skipping back to the start halfway through and gradually worked my way through to the end. Not that the latter half is weak, in fact once you get over the singles you actually start skipping those to find the less familiar tracks. With the album so front loaded with hits I wonder if it might work better on vinyl you could flip it depending on your mood. Expand
  7. Jun 16, 2012
    The Australian Belgian-born Wouter De Backer became known in the world with the exceptional tube Somebody That I Used to Know, in mid-2011 and more recently with us, necessitating this year outstripped domestic . Third installment of the artist, Gotye Making Mirrors establishes that's not a shooting star: multi-instrumentalist, multi-genre, he demonstrates a mastery of dynamics and delivers a pop-rock expressive, lively and complex. Effective when he plays in left field (fuzzée Easy Way Out, prog State of the Art), it is however agreed when it touches the very soul (I Feel Better). In the end, alas Making Mirrors is a little smoother, but the multitude of angles explored gives personality Expand

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