Mirrorwriting - Jamie Woon
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  • Summary: The debut full-length album for the British R&B singer who graduated from the same infamous Brit School as Adele and Amy Winehouse was produced with Will Bevan (aka Burial) and Royce Wood, Jr.
  • Record Label: Verve
  • Genre(s): Electronic, R&B, Downtempo, Contemporary R&B, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. May 25, 2011
    80
    With it's at times blissfully understated cool Mirrorwriting confirms Woon as a man capable of a making truly remarkable music, the sort of music that makes it clear what a miraculous triviality it is to turn on a record and let it spin.
  2. Apr 25, 2011
    80
    There are enough moments on here to convince that Woon is a very special talent.
  3. Woon's work is unashamedly bucolic (he writes songs about going for a walk) and beat-literate (he's worked with Burial), and his tremulous, medieval folk singer voice makes it perfectly bearable.
  4. Apr 25, 2011
    70
    Soulful and bluesy in a way that still acknowledges the existence of the various strains of cutting-edge electronic music emanating from the UK, Mirrorwriting is one of 2011's most assured and confident debuts.
  5. Dec 19, 2011
    70
    Mirrorwriting is an encouraging first offering which should neatly fill the spacious, indie R&B gap until the XX's next record comes along, but if it could have sustained the quality of its opening six tracks, it could have been much better.
  6. May 18, 2011
    60
    By the end, you are left wanting more extreme flourishes. [May 2011, p.114]
  7. Apr 25, 2011
    40
    This is pop, and as pop, Mirrorwriting showcases a slick but uninventive pastiche of rhythm and soul.

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  1. Jun 20, 2013
    9
    I read Hackskeptic's review and although his review is outstanding in structure, I totally disagree with the score. Mirrorwriting is very good produced, well recorded and sounds outstanding on a balanced audio installation. You can enjoy of many details. I listened to this album over and over again and skipped only and always the last track Waterfront. I guess this has been added by accident to the album.The remaining tracks are excellent. Expand
  2. Jul 5, 2011
    5
    The expected infiltration of dubstep into mainstream music has took a while, but 2011 has seen a marked increase in pop acts turning to atmospheric alternative beats to showcase their music. Jamie Woon is a traditional R&B singer who has turned to contemporary developmental shifts, the same way Kenny Thomas used Acid Jazz in the early 90s, and Craig David, who was heavily influenced by UK garage at the turn of the century. Woon's debut collection is a relative disappointment in that it kicks off with an outstanding single ("Night Air"), and then drifts along with wishy washy compositions that become tepid musical fashion statements and lack any lasting relevance. The attention to detail that's given to designing, manipulating and engineering this production simply can't overcome the severe lack of memorable tunes, resulting in a melee of indistinguishable creations. Woon is a decent enough singer, but too often his silky input becomes cold and unemotional, drained by competition with the shapes that surround him.
    One superb single and eleven inconsequential slabs of filler; one soon realises that "Mirrorwriting" is all show and little substance. It's not awful, just fashionable and very, very flat.
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