Battles - Mirrored
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2007 Ratings: #19 / 644
Year End Rank: #6
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Based on 248 ratings
2007 Ratings: #25
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.

Inglume
91
[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
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 - ‚óŹALLEY•
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.
MusicSucks
88
Very fun album
Who would have guessed getting high pitched aliens to sing over a math rock influenced instrumental sounded so fun
ricardomcr
67
Look, i don't know, I wanted to enjoy it more than I did, I sure gave it a lot of tries.
These guys have the requisite skill, they put a lot of musical knowledge on display, and are certain to have influenced many other acts with this record.
To me, it comes across as a Russell Westbrook triple-double in a 20pt loss, you CAN do it, but what's the point? Whille I admire the artistic relevance and proficiency, I can't connect to it emotionally, it's just really flashy.

GO LISTEN TO: Leyendecker.
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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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