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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.
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  • Record Label: Universal Republic
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic
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Somebody That I Used to Know
Now and then I think of when we were together Like when you said you felt so happy you could die Told myself that you were right for me But felt so... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jan 31, 2012
    90
    Unlike other overhyped albums that have achieved similar fame, Making Mirrors is the real deal.
  2. Feb 1, 2012
    80
    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. Q Magazine
    Mar 16, 2012
    80
    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
    70
    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
    60
    Sadly, this album has as many misses as hits.
  6. Feb 9, 2012
    60
    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: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Mar 25, 2012
    10
    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 veryThis 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. Sep 20, 2012
    10
    One of the most intersting artists pf the last few years. Fortunately, "Making Mirrors" is not just a great-single-with-a-lot-of-fillersOne of the most intersting artists pf the last few years. Fortunately, "Making Mirrors" is not just a great-single-with-a-lot-of-fillers album, but there are great tracks: "Smoke and Mirrors", "Bronte", "State of The Art" and "Save Me". Expand
  3. Oct 13, 2017
    10
    Making Mirrors, is my all-time favourite album. I first listened to Somebody That I Used to Know when I was 11 and I fell in love with it. IMaking Mirrors, is my all-time favourite album. I first listened to Somebody That I Used to Know when I was 11 and I fell in love with it. I later discovered Eyes Wide Open and loved that even more. This album was obviously going to be my next listening step and it has influenced my own music heavily. He has a distinctive sound that could be recognized easily and his usage of forgotten music samples is perfect on this album. Emotional tracks such as Bronte, Giving Me a Chance, Eyes Wide Open and even the title track are some of the best material that Gotye has ever released. State of the Art's eclectic atmospheres make this track one of the best on the album. A combination of a Turkish drum sample, a sample from a Taiwanese traditional song by Frances Yip, a Lowrey Cotillion D575 organ and vocoder controlled vocals: what more could you possibly want in this song. Every single song on this album is a self-contained piece of perfection. This is an ideal album for anybody wanting to start listening to the art pop and indie pop genres and it should be cherished as one of the best albums of 2012. Expand
  4. Feb 1, 2012
    8
    A really effervescent album full of songs that fizzle in your ears. The first half of tracks somehow flows nonchalantly, then it goes into theA 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
    8
    Excellent sounds, beats, and jaw dropping vocals..especially in "I Feel Better". Gotye will soon take over the worldbeat industry if he canExcellent 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
    8
    Gotye lets his more commercially accessible music take the fore this time around. Previous albums were a mixture of texture & style and asGotye 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
    0
    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 andThe 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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