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Boardface [Import]

Gotye Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Gotye - Someone I Used to Know


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Ask Belgian-born Gotye about his new album Making Mirrors (Fairfax Recordings / Universal Republic), out this winter, and he'll speak not of songs, but of sounds. Listen to Making Mirrors and you'll be drawn in by the details, transported to a world where every moment matters.
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  • Audio CD (5 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B0001RVQ28
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Out Here In The Cold
2. True To You
3. Only Thing I Know
4. Wonder Why You Want Her
5. What Do You Want?
6. Out Of My Mind
7. Here In This Place
8. Waiting For You
9. Loath To Refuse
10. Noir Excursion
11. Baby

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Gotye's sound is a melting pot of samples from sources far and wide, mixed with wally's home recorded sounds to form original songs that are as much influenced by the '80's british electro of depeche mode and mock-lounge pop of roxy music, as the scratchy sounds of old noir soundtracks and majestic orchestras of luminaries john barry and henry mancini. The cut'n'paste approach of hip-hop djs figures prominently in the arrangements, inspired especially by the musicality of san francisco's finest sample-composers, Dj shadow and Cut Chemist. The results are songs that both reference and incorporate styles and sounds of the past, while showcasing wally's unique songwriting in a broad web of sonic environments.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moody, passionate album 18 April 2012
By LizzieT
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A sublime collection of songs full of darkness and passion. Quite different from the later albums, but meticulously crafted as always by Wally de Backer.
Great lyrics, amazing variety of moods, sounds and rhythyms ranging from electronic to middle eastern percussion, reggae and smokey jazz. Great vocals by Michaela Alexander and Christine Auriant as well as Wally himself.
The romantic Here In This Place melts my spine, A Touch of Noir would make a great short film and Baby is simply a superb song. Love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First and genius! 19 Feb 2013
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If like Gotye you will be not suprised ;) Maybe sad, but if you love he's music it could be a plesure.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars always a good listen 22 Dec 2012
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Amazon said that boardface was not available and refunded the money, however, when a cd came, I presumed it was Twirligig and didnt open until yesterday, when I was doing my xmas wrapping, only to find I had a cd of Boardface. Gutted for my husband, I am pleased though
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut, but he gets better... 19 May 2007
By andyc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Melbourne, Australia is becoming a hotbed of this type of art, what with the Avalanches and Wally/Gauthier "Gotye" de Bakker. The aim is to produce lush, witty, captivating music by clever editing of huge numbers of multilayered samples. Gotye not only succeeds brilliantly, but also affectionately pastiches a huge range of different genres over the tracks of this album. "Boardface" is extremely good, but sometimes, the pastiches are perhaps a little too close to identifiable source tracks, which can get distracting. "What Do You Want?", for example, is dangerously close in part to Goldfrapp's "Human". Styles range through hypnotic ambient ("The only thing I know"), trip-hop a la Massive Attack, cod-reggae ("Out of my Mind"), and "Here in this Place" is what happens when Roxy Music's "Avalon" collides with Latin Quarter's "America for Beginners", and the result is drenched in po-faced irony.

The whole album is great, but the sequel "Like Drawing Blood" is more polished, more confident, and stands more independently of its influences.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tinkering 17 July 2012
By A fellow with a keyboard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I almost gasped when I learned that there was a guy on hit radio who writes and composes his own music. Then I definitely gasped when I learned he makes experimental music.

Gotye (the stage name of Wally De Backer) crams in a little bit of everything: Turkish drums, West African thumb pianos, a bass line constructed from samples of an instrument called the Winton Musical Fence. It's an actual fence in the Australian outback. He pours these sounds into songs that run from buzzy garage funk to psychedelic neo-exotica to electro Motown. The result, as Rolling Stone put it: "ingenious, oddly touching, refreshingly emphatic bedroom pop. Think Beck with less irony, and more, um, fence."

I can't tell you how thrilling/relieving/weird it is that such a musician has broken into the dance-pop-glitz infested modern hit music scene. I thoroughly endorse Gotye for that reason alone.

Musically, though, I don't think he's quite there yet. It's as interesting as Beck's music, but it doesn't hang together as well as Beck's music. Gotye himself admits he's "less of a musician, more of a tinkerer." I love his tinkering, but I want to see him grow into more of a musician.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shocked to find in USA! 31 July 2012
By Naples Pet Sitter - Published on Amazon.com
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LOVE GOYTE - this album completes my collection of all his printed work - company was top notch - had no issues rec-ing. Great album - thrilled to have found in USA!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome music 28 Jan 2013
By Lisa Ostrander - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard gotye a while back before he even made it on the radio, fell in love with his music and purchased his album. I was listening to pandora on my "gotye" radio and heard some fantastic songs I didnt know and they were on this album which is not available in the US. I love amazon b/c you can get things that are not easy to find. This is another great album from Gotye, you will not be dissapointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album 5 Dec 2012
By Samantha - Published on Amazon.com
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Gotye is a true artist. He is so much better than most things today. If you know only Somebody That I Used To Know, then you should educate yourself, because NEWSFLASH: He was better songs.
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