Making Mirrors (Universal)

ACL Music Fest Saturday Reviews


Making Mirrors (Universal)

If all you've heard from this Belgian-Australian is "Somebody That I Used to Know," you might be tempted to write him off as that skinny creep who got dumped. Making Mirrors, Gotye's international breakthrough, comes as his third full-length and showcases a risk-taking, self-possessed artist, with mixed results. The sultry "Smoke and Mirrors" is a jazzy, slinky respite from the angst of "Somebody," but then the wrongheaded blue-eyed soul of "I Feel Better" kicks in and the goodwill meter drops again. "State of the Art" finds him fiddling with voice distortion and samples, and it works, although it's unclear how that speaks to the album's theme of introspection and reflection. Gotye takes us out on a sweetly humanizing note with "Bronte," a haunting paean to a family dog. Who wouldn't want to know a sensitive guy like that? (7pm, Barton Springs stage)


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