Wouter “Wally” De Backer (born 21 May 1980), better known by his stage name Gotye (/ˈɡɒtieɪ/GOT-ee-ay), is a Belgian-born Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. The name “Gotye” is a pronunciation respelling of “Gauthier”, the French cognate of his Dutch given name “Wouter” (English “Walter”, hence the nickname “Wally”). Gotye has released three studio albums independently and one album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums. He is a founding member of the Melbourne indie-pop trio The Basics, who have independently released four studio albums and numerous other titles since 2002. His voice has been compared to those of Peter Gabriel and Sting. Gotye’s 2011 single “Somebody That I Used to Know” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making him the fifth Australian-based artist to do so and the second born in Belgium (after The Singing Nun in 1963). He has won five ARIA Awards and received a nomination for an MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act. On 10 February 2013, he won three Grammy Awards at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards Show: Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Somebody That I Used to Know” and Best Alternative Music Album for Making Mirrors. Gotye has said he sometimes feels “less of a musician, more of a tinkerer.” Here are all of Gotye albums ranked.
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3. Boardface (2004)
“Music is a very individual thing and my tastes are all over the place. There’s something very unique about the creativity on this recording from interesting soundscapes to great story telling. Wally hasn’t pushed out a dozen records just for the sake of selling music. But what he has created is some of the best vocals, harmonies, lyrics, arrangements and creativity I’ve heard in decades. All I can say is I hope he’s hard at work in some studio in the world because the music industry needs artists like this.
2. Like Drawing Blood (2006)
“If you love Making Mirrors, you will also love this album. My favorite tracks are Heart’s A Mess, Thanks for Your Time, and Night Drive, but the whole album is great. Gotye played many of these tunes on his 2012 US tour — check out his YouTube channel to see the accompanying videos. This definitely does not sound like a “younger” album — it is just as complete and fully realized as Making Mirrors.”
1. Making Mirrors (2011)
” It slams right into the monster hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” with its insouciant beat that belies the breakup lyric and Gotye’s soaring vocals rushing headlong from hushed to the full voiced chorus, “But you didn’t have to cut me off.” “Eyes Wide Open” throbs with pounding drums and perhaps is an environmentalist song, “But it was like to stop consuming is to stop being human.” “I Feel Better” delights as an emotionally upbeat anthem.