AOTY 2020
Battles - Mirrored
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2007 Ratings: #25 / 671
Year End Rank: #6
User Score
Based on 312 ratings
2007 Ratings: #21
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Mirrored is a breathtaking aesthetic left-turn that sounds less like rock circa 2007 than rock circa 2097, a world where Marshall stacks and micro-processing go hand in hand.


‘Mirrored’ is the sort of album that the sharp rock kids will be citing as an inspiration in the pages of NME in a decade’s time. It’s a glimpse through a prism into a myriad of rock futures, and all of them look like a blast.

[SJO Counter: 26]

This one felt really good in my tummy! :)

I find a lot of enjoyment when listening to Battles, but I never really gave their debut album the chance or attention. Now that I’m more comfortable with diving into people’s discographies, I think it’s fair for me to say that Mirrored is exceptional!

This very instrumentally driven record is very creative and engaging with its execution, and it doesn’t take me out of its album experience! The more surreal, ... read more
Another day of me trying to get into music that isn't rap (math rock is looking like the best option).

There were some fun tracks on this record with weird yet enjoyable sounds and vocals such as in race :in and atlas. Overall though this record wasn't really for me :(

Best tracks: race :in, atlas, ddiamondd

Worst track: leyendecker

You don't know what a "banger" is until you've heard tracks like; "Atlas" or "Tonto" or especially "Tij".

This album is like the murder who's already caught you, and is now carefully contemplating where to leave your remains. No one really talks about the eerie aesthetic, it might just be me. But I feel quite anxious to get to the next moment of the record.

Number 26:

Battles. Battles is Good. Battles makes me feel like I’m the future riding a roller coaster past all the landmarks of the 29th Century. Song like Ddiamondd and Race: Out are just so much fun. Not as good as Gloss Drop, but still, Battles.
I was beyond excited to listen to "Mirrored" when I heard "Atlas" and it pretty much met my expectations and then some! This record is experimental rock played to the most fun and music theory-laden extremes. I was always ecstatic to see what happened next in the record, whether it be the brief detours or the colossal tracks that remain some of the best math rock bangers in recent memory. Overall, "Mirrored" is a catchy and captivating record that I'll definitely ... read more
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Track List

  1. Race - (In)
  2. Atlas
  3. Ddiamondd
  4. Tonto
  5. Leyendecker
  6. Rainbow
  7. Bad Trails
  8. Prismism
  9. Snare Hangar
  10. Tij
  11. Race - (Out)
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