Battles - Mirrored
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2007 Ratings: #25 / 668
Year End Rank: #6
User Score
Based on 287 ratings
2007 Ratings: #20
Liked by 6 people
May 22, 2007 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pitchfork

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.

80
NME

‘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.

KIDWITHGUNs
84
SOLID!

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.

VIBES - ●ALLEY•
Inglume
77
[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
Toasterqueen12
77
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.
Plats
95
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
RakkSmells
91
Somehow despite this album being mostly instrumental, it kept me engaged with its strangely fun and experimental sound with the incredible performances to back it up. Every song on this album feels like it'll be a normal math rock song but either it has a structure that goes against any real formula or stretches itself out for 7-8 minutes and constantly throws in new sounds and aesthetics to justify its run time, and that's one thing I really enjoy about this album. You're always wondering ... 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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