Mirrored

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 180 Ratings

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  • Summary: The unique New York four-piece math-rock outfit (that includes members of Helmet and Don Caballero) follows a string of three acclaimed 2004 EPs with this debut full-length, which adds (heavily processed) vocals into their mix of live and programmed instrumentation for the first time.

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Atlas
People won't be people When they hear this sound That's been glowing in the dark at the edge of town People won't be people No, the people won't be... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. This is not just an album that can be appreciated by fans of the avant-garde, pop and rock alike but a genuine fuck you to the people claiming modern music has nowhere left to go.
  2. Mirrored is a breathtaking aesthetic left-turn that sounds less like rock circa 2007 than rock circa 2097, a world where Marshall stacks and micro-processing go hand in hand.
  3. Urb
    90
    Every song on the 52-minute masterpiece builds and bridges until everything self-destructs and the only thing left to do is dance. [May 2007, p.92]
  4. Spin
    80
    Rock that's both fist-pumping and forward-looking. [Jun 2007, p.90]
  5. Where before they gave the distinct feel of a quick side-project for a bunch of talented musicians who were currently in other bands, on Mirrored it's clear that their hearts and souls are in every one of these songs.
  6. It's easy enough just to drift off and let these tracks gently massage your eardrums like a hover of trained hummingbirds. But if you choose to look beneath the surface, each track audibly vibrates with ideas.
  7. Elaborate time signatures and clever tape manipulations abound, and there's some fun trying to guess which instruments are synthesized and which are authentic, but Mirrored suffers from being too bright and spirited.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 110
  2. Negative: 17 out of 110
  1. JohnT
    May 27, 2007
    10
    Maybe the best album of 2007.
  2. nico-
    Jul 26, 2007
    10
    We must all come together and stop using the word 'math rock' its almost as bad as blog and blogosphere. good music...terrible name We must all come together and stop using the word 'math rock' its almost as bad as blog and blogosphere. good music...terrible name for the type of music. terrible. Expand
  3. David
    Dec 5, 2008
    10
    One of the very best albums of 2007, this one needs several listens to yield its treasures. Hard to describe the sound, but it's truly great.
  4. DavidF.
    Dec 27, 2007
    9
    Best bizarro release of the year.
  5. Jun 13, 2015
    8
    Mirrored is an album with a unique style and sound design. It revisits prog-rock renewing it by mixing its elements with math-rock, funk and aMirrored is an album with a unique style and sound design. It revisits prog-rock renewing it by mixing its elements with math-rock, funk and a post-punk attitude. Industrial pulses, post-modern laments, tinny beats and alienating vocals are what makes this record peculiar and interesting. Sometimes the research of absurd sounds outweighs composition and this makes some episodes of the album a little bit nauseating. Expand
  6. AlanK.
    Jul 18, 2007
    6
    I have to agree with another poster that this is one of the most overrated albums of the year. Maybe listeners are so desperate for something I have to agree with another poster that this is one of the most overrated albums of the year. Maybe listeners are so desperate for something unusual they give accolades to anything that is (even if it isn't that good). Battles have a unique chemistry and aesthetic, and their ability to explore seems almost infinite. But their tremendous potential is only partially realized on Mirrored. They must learn to infuse more humanity and more direct emotional zeal into their intriguing structures before they can realize the truly great album Mirrored isn't. Expand
  7. ThomG
    May 21, 2007
    0
    It is pretty much flawless, expressing the type of music any computer could create. Too bad there isn't any soul in the album. It is pretty much flawless, expressing the type of music any computer could create. Too bad there isn't any soul in the album. Don't be expecting any life to jump from the plastic of this compact. Expand

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