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Album Review

Assembled from a mountain of bargain-bin samples, Belgian-Australian maverick Gotye's second solo album, Like Drawing Blood, is an impressively eclectic cut-and-paste affair that suggests "the next Sting/Peter Gabriel" labels are doing him a slight disservice. Produced by Franc Tetaz (Architecture in Helsinki), the follow-up to 2003's Boardface undeniably still tips its cap to the two juggernauts of '80s world-pop, particularly on the reverb-drenched dub of "Puzzle with a Piece Missing" and the melodic AOR of "Night Drive," the latter of which ends in a clattering Phil Collins-style drum solo. But Gotye's musical brain is far too hyperactive and intelligent to simply focus his efforts on one particular type of pastiche, and elsewhere, he makes convincing forays into foot-stomping Northern soul on "Learnalilgivinanlovin," claustrophobic trip-hop on the Harry Belafonte-sampling "Hearts a Mess," and lolloping electro-funk of "Thanks for Your Time" (perhaps the best song to be inspired by the frustrations of call centers), while also venturing onto the postwar dancefloor with the instrumental Gallic waltz of "Seven Hours with a Backseat Driver" and the strutting tango of "Coming Back." However, the running times of its 11 tracks are all over the place, with the atmospheric gothic indie pop of "The Only Thing I Know" failing to sustain its early momentum over seven meandering minutes, while at the other end of the scale, the intriguing orchestral melancholy of 38-second closer "Worn Out Blues" is over before it's even begun. A little more control in the editing suite might have helped, then, but Like Drawing Blood is still an engaging and diverse affair that should see Gotye begin to shake off the constant comparisons. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

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Gotye are scientists of music

Oh.My. This album is amazing. Gotye have managed to create a kalidescope of sound that draws you in and makes you lose rational thought. Every single song on this album is inventive and different, so much that i was longing for the safety of predictibility but i shook off my fear and dove in deeper to the truly astounding world that Gotye have created.The rhythm on this album is phenomanal, tripping over its self in a groovy and savy way in tracks like The Only Way and Hearts A Mess. It then turns sharp in Thanks For your Time. This album is best listened to when you are delirious with exhaustion on roadtrip at 5 in the morning. It opened my eyes. The standout track is A Distincitive Sound. Just listen to it.


Gotye's second album packs the impact of most album's second song - except this one runs for close to an hour. A must have! We need to rewrite the record books with this song - Gotye's (Wally's) talent in bringing together an album which will appeal to everyone from mum to the kids in the backseat surpasses any drummer inclusing Mr Grohl in its brilliance!


Alright album but im confused as to why it sudenly became so popular??


Born: 21 May 1980 in Bruges, Belgium

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Gotye (pronounced "go-ti-yay" or "Gauthier") is the alias of Australian electronic pop trickster Wally de Backer. Born in Belgium and raised in Melbourne, de Backer began making music in his bedroom as a teen, and for several years fronted the rock band Downstares. After the group dissolved, he gravitated toward cut-and-paste electronic music, and in 2003 issued the first Gotye album, Boardface. Like Drawing Blood followed two years later, notching the cult hit "Learnalilgivinanlovin" and earning...
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