• Record Label: Verve
  • Release Date: Jan 31, 2012
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

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  1. 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 UKThe 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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  2. 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 byI 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
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70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jun 21, 2012
    70
    Undoubtedly Mirrorwriting loses a certain amount of steam in its second half – "Waterfront" is a genuinely disappointing and anticlimactic closer – but this is much more forgiveable in light of the sheer strength and intelligence of much of the rest of the record.
  2. 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.
  3. May 31, 2011
    60
    A quietly accomplished record, just not the one people were expecting. [Jun 2011, p.125]