Mirrored

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Mirrored
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Studio album by Battles
Released May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14)
Recorded 2006
Genre Math rock, experimental rock
Length 51:52
Label Warp
Battles chronology
EP C/B EP
(2006)
Mirrored
(2007)
Tonto+
(2007)

Mirrored is the debut studio album by American experimental rock band Battles. It was released on May 14, 2007 in the United Kingdom, and on May 22, 2007 in the United States. Mirrored marked the first album in which the band incorporated prominent vocals and lyrics into their songs, as previous extended plays by the band had been completely instrumental, with the exception of occasional beatboxing and wordless vocals on certain tracks. The first single from the album, "Atlas", was released in the United Kingdom on April 2, 2007. Mirrored was released to wide critical acclaim and appeared on year-end best album lists from several publications, including Time, NME, The Guardian, and Pitchfork Media.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 86/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club B[3]
Blender 4/5 stars[4]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[5]
MSN Music B−[6]
NME 8/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 9.1/10[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 4/5 stars[10]
Uncut 4/5 stars[11]

Critical response to Mirrored was positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 86, indicating "universal acclaim", based on 31 reviews.[1] online music magazine Pitchfork Media later placed Mirrored at number 105 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[12] The single "Atlas" was ranked at number 42 on Pitchfork's top 500 tracks of the 2000s list.[13] In October 2011, NME placed "Atlas" at number 54 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[14]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Battles. 

No. Title Length
1. "Race : In"   4:50
2. "Atlas"   7:07
3. "Ddiamondd"   2:33
4. "Tonto"   7:43
5. "Leyendecker"   2:48
6. "Rainbow"   8:11
7. "Bad Trails"   5:18
8. "Prismism"   0:52
9. "Snare Hangar"   1:58
10. "Tij"   7:03
11. "Race : Out"   3:29

Personnel[edit]

Battles
Additional personnel
  • Mike Viele – assistant engineering
  • Seth Manchester – assistant engineering
  • Jeff Lipton – mastering
  • Jessica Thompson – mastering
  • Dave Konopka – art direction and design
  • Timothy Saccenti – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Mirrored by Battles". Metacritic. Retrieved March 19, 2009. 
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Mirrored – Battles". AllMusic. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ Battaglia, Andy (May 22, 2007). "Battles: Mirrored". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Battles: Mirrored". Blender (59): 104. June 2007. 
  5. ^ Hughes, Tom (May 10, 2007). "Battles, Mirrored". The Guardian. London. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 2007). "Consumer Guide". MSN Music. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ Pattison, Louis (May 16, 2007). "Battles: Mirrored". NME. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ Harvell, Jess (May 15, 2007). "Battles: Mirrored". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ Hoard, Christian (June 11, 2007). "Mirrored". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 16, 2007. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ Hogan, Marc (June 2007). "Battles: Mirrored". Spin. 23 (6): 90. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Battles: Mirrored". Uncut (121): 87. June 2007. 
  12. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200–151". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  13. ^ Pitchfork staff (August 20, 2009). "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 50–21". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  14. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". NME. Retrieved February 10, 2016. 

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