Gotye
Like Drawing Blood


4.5
superb

Review

by beznet USER (1 Reviews)
January 9th, 2012 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gotye is one of those rare artists that keeps you craving more and more throughout the whole album.

Ok so this is my first ever review of an album ever and damn did I pick a stellar artist. Its amazing to think that one guy, Wouter De Back, could produce such a diverse album on his own. There really is no particular genre to classify this album in. It jumps all over the place, from reggae to jazz fusion. There's even at times I feel as though I feel like I'm listening to a musical, his voice has one of those distinctly clear sounds to it.

So considering this album jumps all over the place as far as styles and genres go, it's super hard to sum this up completely in a few sentences. I think my favorite aspect about this guy is that the song isn't consistent throughout as far as the instruments and styles he uses goes. "The Only Way" really highlights this point, you don't get that taste of variance until the last half but it definitely takes you for a different kind of ride. Most of the album consists of Wouter using his voice in a really mellow manner, trying to chill his listeners, but damn when you get to "learnalilgivinanlovin" he brings all of his energy out and adds a whole new layer of style to this album. Ironically, my favorite track on the whole album, "A Distinctive Sound", is one without any vocals from Wouter. I can't really describe "A Distinctive Sound", maybe it is why he titled it so. He used a lot of voice samples to add to this song, and the one sample to completely added to this song was at 2:46 (groovy as hell). My ONLY complaint with this whole album was "Night Drive", I felt like I was listening to a 90's love song. I actually don't even listen to the words of lyrics (it's just not my thing), I enjoy seeing how the sound of a voice can compliment a song. I gave "Night Drive" a second chance thinking that maybe the lyrics were extremely well thought out, but they seemed pretty bland and generic to a typical emotional song.

One word to describe this? Unique. Three words? Very, very unique. If you want a whole new music experience you need to listen to it from beginning to end. It's quite a treat.


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Horsehammer
January 9th 2012


550 Comments


i might actually try this

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 9th 2012


32292 Comments


Ok so this is my first ever review of an album ever and damn did I pick a stellar artist.


How many times have I seen this intro today?

Captain North
January 9th 2012


6793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Night Drive is one of my favourite gotye songs

Vooligan
January 9th 2012


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Was listening to Thanks For Your Time on repeat today. So catchy.

PuddlesPuddles
January 9th 2012


4798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Don't see why the hype with this guy

profoundword
January 9th 2012


239 Comments


^agreed

Scoot
January 10th 2012


20208 Comments


that cover is eeeeeeverywhere

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0ctahedronzz
January 10th 2012


184 Comments


It's hard to pin this guy's genre, definitely.

bakkermaarten007
January 11th 2012


5285 Comments


This guy's from my country. They played his song 'Somebody that I used to know' to death on the radio.
A very good artist definitely but there's some part of me that refuses to listen through his whole
album now that everyone is jumping on it. I've known him since 2006.

Edit: oh , the review is about his first album lol. 'Heart's a mess' is what made me discover him.

nash1311
August 16th 2012


1959 Comments


This is leaps and bounds better than Boardface

nash1311
August 16th 2012


1959 Comments


Idk but he keeps getting better so Idc where he's from

nash1311
August 16th 2012


1959 Comments


I knew this. Doesn't matter. It is nowhere near best track on that album

nash1311
August 16th 2012


1959 Comments


I already knew pothead

TheMilQ
September 28th 2012


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Making Mirrors sucks compared to this masterpiece!

omnipanzer
September 28th 2012


21826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed and Mixed Blood is even better imo.

TheMilQ
October 31st 2012


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just freaking love it

CK
May 1st 2013


6104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy fuck, this album is amazing. Making Mirrors isn't all that bad either, but holy shit this

YakNips
June 4th 2013


19988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

holy shit this [2]

VaxXi
May 2nd 2015


4418 Comments


Hearts a Mess is beautiful

ArsMoriendi
July 7th 2016


31570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow, this was actually fantastic... might be a 4.5 upon further listens.



I'm actually surprised.

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