AOTY 2019

Modern Mirror

Drab Majesty - Modern Mirror
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #131 / 605
User Score
Based on 135 ratings
2019 Ratings: #333
July 12, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Never before have the band felt so complete and realized in causality of their sound than on Modern Mirror.

90
God Is in the TV

It is infectious in such a good way. Modern Mirror will no doubt be landing high or on top of many end of year “best of” lists.

90
Spill Magazine

The album is so solid in its writing, musicianship, production, and presentation, that hardly a fault can be found.

80
AllMusic

Rather than simply conjuring the work of their influences, Drab Majesty have crafted an album that works on its own merits, with songs that you may want to revisit just as much as your favorite vintage post-punk classic track.

75
The 405

With warmer textures and leanings into new wave, Drab Majesty is helping bring goth back into the mainstream one hyper-critical dark wave banger at a time.

70
Loud and Quiet

While Modern Mirror’s social commentary lacks bite, it remains a world away from the empty ’80s nostalgia in vogue – Drab Majesty’s neon-soaked soundscapes do at least feel fully realised and lived in.

70
Spectrum Culture

Modern Mirror matches the fantasies (or memories) one might have of synth-pop and new wave from the ‘80s, and yet it sustains repeated listening while still sounding fresh.

70
PopMatters

It is a very good Drab Majesty album. More importantly, it is a very good album, too.

laz456
75
Incredibly fun album. This kind of dark, synthesized dream pop rules and I'll admit I'm a total sucker for it. But Drab Majesty does this sound justice.
Plats
80
Drab Majesty seems to have that gothic fix I wanted on "Modern Mirror". It's a slickly-produced darkwave album with all that 80's flair you'd expect and it works wonderfully, with great writing and catchy melodies throughout. Now, more goth please!

Fav Tracks: The Other Side, Out of Sequence, Noise of the Void, Long Division

Least Fav Track: A Dialogue

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dearsongs
70
An appropriately titled band which definitively would fit right in with that early/mid 80's sound, although I hear touches of some modern music as well (esp the more synth pop songs like Long Division). 'Deb DeMure' certainly has the voice for this style. This is good overall, but I don't really care for 'Oxytocin' that much, and although the tone is set on 'A Dialogue', the song actually doesn't do much for me as an opener. This isn't really where my tastes are at the moment, but this is a ... read more
KengojiUltamYT
83
Drab Majesty is back with their third album. Drab Majesty is a modern new wave duo with a small but decent following. This new project “Modern Mirror” is full of ethereal gothic new wave bangers that go in weird directions but stay in their lane.

These songs don’t leave the formula fully but they don’t stay in the either. The repeated mantra on “A Dialogue” leads to a thick washed out ending. “Oxytocin” is like a Methyl Ethel song if Jake Webb ... read more
TheBravesDH
75
I learned about these guys last year when I saw them open for Deafheaven (weird choice for tour mates) . I don't think anyone knew or could've expected what they were going to be. I have to give them props for coming out in full leather and wigs to play in mid-July in the Texas heat. That is dedication.
I'm a sucker for some synths and some new wave, so I find a lot to enjoy here. It's a bit derivative and brings little new to the table, so I don't know how much I'll honestly return to it. I ... read more
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Track List

  1. A Dialogue
  2. The Other Side
  3. Ellipsis
  4. Noise of the Void
  5. Dolls in the Dark
  6. Oxytocin
  7. Long Division
  8. Out of Sequence
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