Saturday 12 March 2011

Mirrors - Lights And Offerings

Album review by KevW

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The lengthy gestation period for Mirrors' début may mean they've missed their chance to jump on the synth-pop-revival bandwagon. It's a shame, because they do this kind of thing better than most.

The expected reference points are all in place. The opening bars of 'Lights And Offerings' might as well be Kraftwerk. We also have glimpses of OMD, Depeche Mode and, hell, even A-Ha. What they lack in originality they make up for in that more valuable commodity – good tunes. Highlights include 'Into The Heart', 'Somewhere Strange', 'Searching The Wilderness' 'Hide And Seek' and the pulsating 'Ways To An End'.

The comparisons to Hurts must grate slightly, however they're not far off the mark. Both plunder similar ground, press shots show both bands with sharp 80s suits and not a hair out of place, let alone any hint of a smile. Mirrors seem far less contrived though. Making the kind of music they want to make, rather than the music they think will make them. It's not all plain sailing, a couple of tracks can be filed under 'filler', but on the whole 'Lights And Offerings' is a thoroughly enjoyable and accomplished début.

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