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Published: Friday, April 20, 2012
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2012 15:04
Those who spend a lot of time on social networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube would be familiar with the viral hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Australian alternative singer Gotye (pronounced go-tee-ay) featuring New Zealand pop singer Kimbra, which was released in November 2011.
When the video hit YouTube, it became a huge sensation due to the emotional intensity of the song and the surrealist environment of the music video. As of February 2011, the video has well over 78 billion views.
So how does the album “Making Mirrors” compare to the title single on the album, and how will it affect Gotye’s popularity here in the United States?
The album makes a sharp contrast with the lead single, and as such may be hit or miss with American audiences who crave crazy dance beats and catchy pop hooks.
Gotye and Kimbra are successful back in their respective home countries, but were not very well known in America until “Somebody I Used to Know” went viral online.
The album “Making Mirrors” is likely to be praised by people who enjoy a healthy dose of variety, and experimentation with real and computerized instruments with slow melodic songs such as “State of the Art,” about how computers are taking over everything.
The songs with the potential to become as successful as “Somebody That I Used to Know” start with “I Feel Better,” which has an old-school upbeat Motown feel about improvement in life.
Second in line comes “Eyes Wide Open” with its somewhat trippy but also relaxing feel about a couple who would do anything for one another.
The third song, “Save Me,” is great because it has a calm and thought-provoking feel that many folks can relate too that would make an excellent track for meditation.
The only true stinker on the album is the song “Smoke and Mirrors” because it sounds very flat, long, and too simple compared to all of the other tracks.
The remainder of the album lies as a roller coaster of emotions ranging from anger to a sweet reminiscing of childhood memories in the single “Bronte.”
Many who enjoy diversity and deep thinking to music will like “Making Mirrors.” Those looking for more songs like “Somebody That I Used to Know” should look elsewhere.