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Gloss Drop

6 Jun 2011

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 6 Jun 2011
  • Label: Warp Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Warp Records Limited
  • Total Length: 53:50
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  • ASIN: B0051VW3VC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,041 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. T. Brunetti on 7 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
Firstly, I'll note the loss of Braxton. Since the release of Mirrored, Braxton released his solo album and from listening to that it was clear where his influences were on Mirrored. He was clearly influential in their sound, and even though he was the lesser known of the four (with the exception of Konopka - previously of the not-known-enough Lynx), his absence is notable.
It might be in part that he was a 3rd person to play instruments, which lends to their layered sound. But it's also apparent that he is an experienced (and excellent, as seen on Central Market) composer and multi-instrumentalist.

Aside from Braxton, Battles have coped very well and while this album took a little while to get accustomed to, it really is an excellent album. The non-vocal tracks have lines and melodies that centralise the tracks and stop them from being an exercise in how to create interesting poly-rhythms (something that Williams is not always able to do: a good example of his work being What Burns from the Don Cab back catalogue. A Bad one being the follow up..) but have no catchiness that makes you want to return.

The choice of vocalists are excellent too, all of which are probably considered quite out of the box thinking. Numan is a wonderful choice, making one of the stand out tracks in a conventional pop sense. Yamantaka Eye on the other hand gives an awful vocal which seems to push the band into a corner as to what to do with it, and so they come up with a bizarre sounding reggae/dancehall through a meatgrinder thing... which should've been a b-side to a song that no-one would buy. It ends the album in a way that is just horrible. Just wrong.

Matias Aguayo on the other hand is a choice that maybe only the world music fans would've pricked up their ears for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By XL on 8 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic follow up to Mirrored. It's different in many ways, but for somebody that has only listened to the debut or the EPs this would still be instantly recognisable as Battles, as many of the key structural elements are still there, including of course John Stanier's marvelous drumming. I cannot comment on Braxton's departure since it is impossible to tell what would have been different with him on it, but this work is certainly on a par with Mirrored if not slightly better.

Talking in terms of Pitchfork's scale, I'd say this is a solid 9 (so ignore their very stupid review) and Bon Iver's follow up is about a 6 max (idem), just to put my taste into some perspective. In any case, try before you buy and watch them live if you have the chance.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Quinn on 23 Jun 2011
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This album has knocked my socks off. It's brilliantly inventive and upbeat. It puts a spring into my step and makes me punch the air with joy. And you can't argue with that.

Though a massive fan of Warp, this is my first Battles purchase, the previous work I never bothered with mainly because I never liked their big track Atlas, and as that annoyed the hell out of me I presumed the rest wasn't my cup of tea either.

This is a different beast. But a beautiful beast.

A future classic.
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