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Editors’ Notes

Buckle your seatbelt for this one: Battles' 2007 debut is a puzzle box of daunting complexity—and it all unfolds at a breakneck pace. While founder Tyondai Braxton's heavily effected vocals do come into play here, Mirrored is largely an instrumental record, but its instruments play like an orchestra of machinery. On tracks like "Atlas" and "Tonto,” John Stanier builds tempos like a malfunctioning drum machine, while the rest of the band switch from frenzied to barely there. This is the sound of rock music happily collapsing in on itself.

Customer Reviews

Strange but gripping

You'll probably buy this because you like "Atlas," but it only really scratches the surface of the styles Battles uses. Some of it can be quirky, but it's a quintessential example of what can be done when the electric guitar is just a means to an end - not necessarily the only instrument that really matters. Some tracks have a rhythmic energy you can't get from either electronic or rock music by themselves - "Tonto" or "Tij" are good examples of that. The album mainly loses steam when vocalist Tyondai Braxton seems to be indulging himself, such as with "Ddiamondd" or "Bad Trails." But that's more a virtue of the band trying to explore rather than falling short in ability, and arguably they're listenable in the right mood. I'm looking forward to the group's next album - I can see them producing a five-star if they use this album as a starting point for a more danceable second LP rather than the culmination of all their EPs.

Just too Awesome

I absoloutely love this album! The first time I heard Atlas was on a video game and I was instantly captivated. I love how the music makes you want to hear more! Mirrored is awesome!

Original,Confounding, and Enlightening

Totally unique sound, engaging groove, and subliminal energy that draws you in totally. It's the sort of album that demands your attention, so filled with fetching sounds and changes is it. Without a doubt, a standout album of our age.

Biography

Formed: 2002 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Crafting challenging yet engaging experimental rock that builds on its members' legacies, Battles features drummer John Stanier of Helmet and Tomahawk, guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress, and guitarist David Konopka of Lynx. Avant solo musician Tyondai Braxton joined the group for its early recordings, including the Tras and EP C EPs, which were both released in June 2004 on Cold Sweat and Monitor, respectively. The B EP followed on Dim Mak in September 2004....
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