Review Summary: An overall solid album, "Making Mirrors" is easily my favorite Gotye album.
Oh Gotye, if only Australia wouldn't have hogged you all these years......
Wouter "Wally" De Backer (AKA: Gotye) is (for the most part) a pretty well known solo artist by this point. He currently has three albums out: Boardface (2003), Like Drawing Blood (2006), and his newest album and gateway into the "popular" in America, Making Mirrors (2011). The release of "Making Mirrors" also saw the release of the Grammy Award wining single of 2012 "Somebody That I Used to Know", which more than likely you've heard on the radio quite a lot. Now you may be thinking "He's pobably another pop act who's not worth my time".
Oh, and how wrong you are.
First off, if there's one thing I would have to point out about "Making Mirrors", it would have to be the diversity of the album. One minute you could be listening to the heavy Beatles influence shone through "Easy Way Out", and then the other you could be listening to the great electronic song that is "State of the Art". Another pro to the album is the overall creativity to it. Gotye wasn't afraid to cross the line that most artist stay behind, the "label" line. And let me tell you, it payed off.
That being said, there are some cons to this good album. In my opinion, "Save Me", and "Don't Worry, We'll Be Watching You" are the two worst songs on the album in that they just slow down the overall flow of the album. One of these songs should have been replaced with the bonus track "Dig Your Own Hole" and in turn, been made the bonus track.
To sum it up:
If Gotye decided at the very beginning of the recording of this album that he wanted something truly diverse, easy to listen to, and overall solid, then he sure did succeed in what he set out to do.
- Diversity (can't stress that enough)
- Good song structure
- Easy to listen to
- Some of the tracks didn't really fit
I'd like to end this review saying that if you haven't checked out any of Gotye's other stuff, you defiantly should. You won't be disappointed.