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Mirrored [CD]

Battles Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (14 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warp
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Race : In 4:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Atlas 7:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Ddiamondd 2:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tonto 7:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Leyendecker 2:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rainbow 8:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bad Trails 5:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Prismism0:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Snare Hangar 1:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Tij 7:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Race : Out 3:290.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Battles may be signed to ultra-cool label Warp, and they may have caught the interest of the hipper-than-thou elements in the music press, but their full-length debut Mirrored is, quite simply, a prog-rock album. From the opening drums leading into the quick-time guitar picking of "Race:In", it’s clear that Oxford-based battles have listened to a fair share of Yes albums in their time. And, like the best progressive rock, Mirrored is almost painfully clever, mixing complex electronic sounds in with their more traditional instrumentation, so just when you think they’re just another noodling jam-band, they go and get all weird. The result is a musical playfulness that’s too often missing in so much of the post-rock scene, and best exemplified on the cartoonish vocals of the rather funky "Atlas", or the frantic clap-along "Ddiamondd". Even their more serious-sounding songs are more fun than anything by Tortoise, Sigur Ros, Mogwai or their ilk--the epic "Tonto" sounds, at times, like two songs playing concurrently and occasionally meeting up for a boogie before eventually loping off into the sunset like its namesake. Most post-rock bands seem content for their audience to nod their heads and scratch their beards; Battles, meanwhile, are determined to make you smile. --Robert Burrow

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't think I'd like it, but I do 8 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on the basis of great reviews but have to say I was not impressed when I first listened to it. However, it has grown on me massively and whilst I would never class myself as a fan of this prog rock sound, I now cannot get enough of it. It's just so different and well put together - you feel as if every musical note / beat / input is significant and well thought through. I highly recommend this album but you may find you have to work on it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just... bonkers! 6 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is Battles' 1st album proceeding a couple of E.P.s and all I can say is it's absolutely nutss! I've read quite a lot about Mirrored and everyone has a different opinion of what kind of music it is or where it should be pidgeonholed. I love it when music critics get confused!
Some people are classing it as `post rock' which would place them alongside bands like Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed. Way off.
Some people have christened it dance music. Eh? Nowhere close.
Some view Mirrored as a `math rock' album. Does anyone know what `Math Rock' is anyway?
Most stick it in the prog rock category, which is a lot closer than the others but still not quite there.
Whatever the opinion of what genre they belong all the professional reviews I've read are gushing over this album. However good it is I don't think it warrants quite so much praise; here's why.

Battles are one of those bands that genuinely defy categorisation and cannot be described under a general term. It's complex fairly cerebral music and incredibly hard to wrap your brain around on the first listen. Battles are drums, guitars, bass, vocals and keyboards; pretty standard rock group elements but what is produced is nothing like you've heard before.

The music is based around very short riffs and loops strung together with fills, runs and bridges many with awkward timings and odd rhythms. It's quite robotic and lacking in soul and the electronic elements; keyboards, samples, and effects emphasise this. The vocals are equally abstract; whistling, bizarre high pitched effects and odd chanting. It's weird stuff, and when all these elements are described it sounds really off putting. Yet it's a strangely compelling listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Math rock master piece 11 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic album, coming on like a bunch of glam rockers trying to disrupt a Can rehearsal. Most math rock gets a bit dry and passionless, all clever time signatures and twee tunes this one however rocks. Atlas is worth the price of admission alone but there are plenty more treats. If you like calculas combined with sweat and noise then this is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I don't normally pitch any reviews here on Amazon but thought for this I should as afer hearing this for the first time I really didn't enjoy it too much, I gave it a 2nd try and it was more bearable but after the 3rd then 4th listen I was hooked. I can't stop listening to it now, in full every time and after each time I listen I just want to listen again. It's different and is much more of a dance record than people seem to think. Very impressed!
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Race:In to Mirrored and never come out. 12 May 2007
By Mr. J. Milton VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
One of the words that you might use when trying to recommend Battles, is "if". IF you are prepared to fall in love with vocals that are swarmed with helium, IF you are prepared to listen to an album an excessive amount of times to let it grow on you, IF you want to know about the future of music, listen to and love Battles.

Math Rock, Post Rock, whatever. This is weird, but there is a very large chance that you will worship this record for the next few years. It could become one of those manifesto's for bands that want to cause a stir in the music industry with inventive, out of control with originality, music.

But what did you expect? With titles like 'Ddiamondd' and 'Leyendecker', you were hardly going to get an album that you could listen and relax to with a cup of coffee at 10 in the evening, were you?

The pure aim of Battle's debut album is to make you think outside of the box. Don't just hear it, think about what you are hearing, think about the exceedingly large amount of work that went into 'Mirrored', imagine making this record. When you do that, you're likely to have got a connection with it, and then just maybe, you will see through everything that could possibly put you off ever listening to it again.

Someone said about 'Mirrored', that it was like a video game, a video game that you are winning! It truly does feel like that, especially in moments like 'Tonto', which has the production levels of a Panda Bear song, and the feel of it gradually grows on you throughout. During the song, you feel like you could be in the 30th century, driving a flying car at unbelievable speeds, feeling like you're in a race and feeling like you're winning.

It's gently done, but 'Mirrored' is like a form of hypnosis.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it...? 27 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is music for itchy feet and itchy brains. It is driven by a relentless krautrockesque riddim. This is clever and precise music and the `math-rock' tag fits with the album's hypnotic feel drawing the listener in as he or she (`he' in my case, forsooth) ponders the `is it rock or is it electronica or is it, Good Lord, both?' question. The vocals are effect heavy and are used, effectively, as an extra layer of instrumentation over quiet-loud-quiet playing that remindeth this punter of noisy and provocative Scottish noise provocateurs Mogwai. File under `Challenging' but cross-reference under `Uplifting' and `Big'. This is a stimulating group. This is a stimulating group.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Energy!
I bought this album because I saw Battles playing Atlas on Jools Holland, and I was blown away by it. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2009 by Mrs
2.0 out of 5 stars too quirky
I brought this on the strength of the reviews.
I love past rock, modern prog rock, Mogwai, Jakob, Explosion in the sky, Sea on fire, vessels, Tool etc etc, however Battles I... Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2009 by Zendude
5.0 out of 5 stars Its good music! sod the genre and you own nothing on math!
I hate people who moan about vocals. I hate people who moan about stupid percussion (high crash playing). I hate people who moan about math rock. Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2008 by A. H. Dovey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little pop album
Don't be fooled by the lack of lyrics, or superficial art/math/post-rock tendencies - this is actually great pop music. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2008 by K. K. Jakubczyk
3.0 out of 5 stars The return of Jazz rock?
Math Rock? Hmm, I'm old enough to remember jazz rock acts like Coloseum, and Brand X, and some of this album reminds me of them. Read more
Published on 24 April 2008 by Lendrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of 2007?
Well, one of them. The main competition being Panda Bear, the National and Sir Richard Bishop. I just wanted to counterbalance the reviews from poor souls who seem to think that... Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2008 by Some call me... photoshop
1.0 out of 5 stars post rock
Did not like this on the first couple of listens,happy with the music its more free form jazz at times which is okay. Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2008 by cath cogan
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious Rubbish
I like "math rock" but this is Just awful. Musically interesting but ruined by alien high-pitched vocals. Completely pretentious. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2008 by L. M. Vaughan
4.0 out of 5 stars A great album
If you're after something a little different from the moribund rubbish promoted by record labels with more money than sense, then this is for you. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2008 by K. Jackson
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