I'd post this as a review but it came out months ago.
Has anyone listened to this Gotye album Making Mirrors? Like really sat down and listened to it? Holy hell it's amazing. Now granted we're all familiar with the ubiquitous worldwide smash "Somebody I Used to Know," but my word, there are so many other potential singles and quality first-rate songs on here. "Easy Way Out," is splashy and danceable, "Eyes Wide Open," has surefire single written all over it, with its huge chorus, driving guitars and epic narrative; "Save Me," is equally as strong as the prior two. As much as he is a modem artist, he is also very much a throwback. "Easy Way Out," sounds like Beck while "I Feel Better," sounds like something The Temptations could have written.
On his more artsy cuts, namely "I Feel Better," and "In Your Light," he uses twinkling arrangements and haunting soundscapes to take pop music to places it doesn't normally go. The music can be a bit chilling, a bit creepy and a bit off-beat, but never once is it disappointing, uninspired or weakly performed.
There's plenty of balladry too, as songs like "Giving Me a Chance," and "Bronte," seem culled directly from the denouement of an art-house film. Making Mirrors does have its hiccups, as "State of the Art," uses a vocoded dub that makes it laughable in places. Truth be told, had he not used vocals and recorded the song as an instrumental it would have been a huge positive. "Don't Worry, We'll Be Watching You," uses the same sentiment as "State of the Art," but pulls it off in a far more triumphant fashion.
Seeing that Making Mirrors has gone 3x platinum in Australia, platinum in Belgium, 2x platinum in Belgium, and gold in Austria, Canada, Germany and the UK, it is clear that he is a worldly superstar, most deserving of his status. Considering that DeBacker wrote, composed, produced and played most of the instruments on Making Mirrors makes the album that much more astounding. Though his sound is definitely quirky, it is also immensely creative and undeniably artistic. The album employs a chunk of horns, tribal beats, and instruments few people can find in guitar stores: a whale cello, a West African thumb piano, a Winton Musical Fence. That in and of itself is why Wally de Backer is arguably one of pop music's most intriguing, challenging and important figures. Unconventional, uncompromising and unabashedly honest, he is the very embodiment of a rock star.