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Gotye — Puzzle With A Piece Missing
Album: Like Drawing Blood
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7

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Total ratings: 1923









Released: 2004
Length: 5:32
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Tiny pieces come to me every day
Still I wait
Things are falling into place
But so much time goes to waste

I stretch and shift
These parts won't fit
I can chop and change all I like
Rearranging this won't make it right

All doors are open.
All the doors are open.
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I love this whole albrum.
Big tune, bless
I think Bill should play this every day till he gets it out of his system. 
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Fantastic clarity of recording on this - breathing space for each instrument to be heard. Not sure of the technical term but you can hear every note on a good stereo system. Especially the bass which is often muffled but on this track it is a clear as you are standing beside the bass player.
 

It is well produced. There is a tendency these days to compress and fill the sound space to maximum the average volume to make a song 'stand out'.  This one is very sparse. Judicious use of echo and reverb. So good.
 SpinyNorma wrote:
Got me going for a minute there, Bill; thought I was going to get a bit of Bauhaus squeezed into my ears...
 

Yep, at low volume I always fall for it.
Horn sample from Grover Washington, Jr. Soul Box album.
 millab00 wrote:
Was a 6 now a 3 sad :( 
 
Your life story?
could have sworn this was thievery corporation
 TerrorGovernor wrote:


Are you six or seven
I'm almost 8; why you slam me?
 

No...not again 
Bob Moses vibe
 cocheatwave wrote:
good shit
 
A rather verbose effort to describe whether the music is of positive energy fecal or negative. Nicely put.
good shit
 TerrorGovernor wrote:


Are you six or seven
 
With a comment like that, I would probably double that age. That would seem to fit.
Got me going for a minute there, Bill; thought I was going to get a bit of Bauhaus squeezed into my ears...
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Fantastic clarity of recording on this - breathing space for each instrument to be heard. Not sure of the technical term but you can hear every note on a good stereo system. Especially the bass which is often muffled but on this track it is a clear as you are standing beside the bass player.
 

Especially now with the FLAC option.  Many thanks Bill & Rebecca.
RP made me buy the vinyl.  This LP had tracks I never heard in real time
I really really want to like his music but just can't.  I appreciate his artistry but I want to move onto the next song.  
 boltonblue242 wrote:
Very cool how this song's intro began over the applause of the prior live song... my friend is even better than she raved... and oh how she raved, but I always assume women are being too dramatic about stuff.  This station, she should have jumped up and down about... plus who doesn't like women jumping up and down.  What was that show that had the start of hot chicks bouncing on a trampoline?  That was good stuff!
 

Are you six or seven
 boltonblue242 wrote:
Very cool how this song's intro began over the applause of the prior live song... my friend is even better than she raved... and oh how she raved, but I always assume women are being too dramatic about stuff.  This station, she should have jumped up and down about... plus who doesn't like women jumping up and down.  What was that show that had the start of hot chicks bouncing on a trampoline?  That was good stuff!

 
really?
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Fantastic clarity of recording on this - breathing space for each instrument to be heard. Not sure of the technical term but you can hear every note on a good stereo system. Especially the bass which is often muffled but on this track it is a clear as you are standing beside the bass player.

 
"Timbre" is a good word for that, I think.
Very cool how this song's intro began over the applause of the prior live song... my friend is even better than she raved... and oh how she raved, but I always assume women are being too dramatic about stuff.  This station, she should have jumped up and down about... plus who doesn't like women jumping up and down.  What was that show that had the start of hot chicks bouncing on a trampoline?  That was good stuff!
Fantastic clarity of recording on this - breathing space for each instrument to be heard. Not sure of the technical term but you can hear every note on a good stereo system. Especially the bass which is often muffled but on this track it is a clear as you are standing beside the bass player.
 buddy wrote:
Is Gotye still a thing?

 
He's actually quite good if you gave it a chance. Obviously you know "Somebody that I used to Know", so it's time to grow up and move on from top 40 radio and explore other songs on an album. 
I'm a bit of a fan of this guy.  This is a great track, which brings back "Private Life" by the Pretenders and Grace Jones to my ears.
I like his work, even the signed artwork for the "album cover" is by him   cool man!
time keeps on slippin' slippin' slipping, in to the future.............
 buddy wrote:
Is Gotye still a thing?

 
umm yes yes it/he is
Is Gotye still a thing?
Stands the test of time for me, still love it.

" Gotye," is basically a kid named, " Walter," who recorded this album in his parents garage, and played every instrument himself. 
 unclehud wrote:

Chuckle, chuckle.  I can identify.

By the way, now that the rest of the world has caught up with Bill and Rebecca's loyal flock, I really don't want to hear anything about this guy "selling out for the big money."

 
I don't think he sold out at all.

My impression of how things shook down was that he just kept plugging away, doing what he thought made great songs, and finally the rest of the world was like "yeah, that is a great song", and he was like, "wait THAT one... you picked THAT one?  I almost threw that one away, it really wasn't my favorite." {#Stupid}

IMO any of the tracks Bill plays off of this album blow Somebody That I Used To Know right out of the water.  But hey, a good hook, and an angst break-up theme usually does well, so what do I know.
 Jelani wrote:
I swear, every time I hear this intro I think I'm going to hear "Deathwish" by the Police.
Even though I like this tune, I hate the disappointment of not hearing what I think it is.
 
It sound more like the opening of "Murder by Numbers" by the Police. In fact, I'd bet my lunch that's where Gotye lifted the sample that makes up the primary drum beat for this track.
I have not heard this song in a while, nice. I always love the lyrics on this song, sounds like my/human life.
Could not have come after a more perfect song than Beautiful Way, and Way to go there, BillG in Paradise; how sly and masterful indeed...
Slowly inching up... 5 - 6---- 7
Excellent chillout song..
 jhorton wrote:
This song makes everyone in my trailer park step back from the pipe and look intelligent for a second.
 
Chuckle, chuckle.  I can identify.

By the way, now that the rest of the world has caught up with Bill and Rebecca's loyal flock, I really don't want to hear anything about this guy "selling out for the big money."
Was a 6 now a 3 sad :( 
 Poacher wrote:
Bought this cd from listening to this track here. The album is great all the way through - an interesting mix of nicely produced and very different tracks. 

I also emailed Mr Gotye and we e-chatted a bit and it transpires he is a really nice bloke. 

 

Don't think you would be able to get ahold of him now days-too busy
The worst thing I've heard on here. Dire.
 stevesaw wrote:
I really like the sparseness in this song - one of those "stop what you're doing and listen" songs.
 
Exactly
Crankin' it up ! 
I really like the sparseness in this song - one of those "stop what you're doing and listen" songs.
Super DOPE!  And this is why I still come back to RP 7 years later. :)  
 Forest267 wrote:
I'm hearing "What'cha Want" by the Beastie Boys...

 



That's what I thought too
This song makes everyone in my trailer park step back from the pipe and look intelligent for a second.
 Poacher wrote:
New album out tomorrow. . . 19th August. 
 
. . . and it seems to have gone ballistic. . . well done Wally/Gotye. A splendid example of a musician working hard, believing in himself and reaping the rewards. Well deserved. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotye
What this song needs to lift into the ether (I already gave it an 8) is more than one verse of lyrics. The repeating the same one multiple times just comes off as lazy.

(Pet peeve of mine. Other egregious examples are REM's "the one I love." and NIN's "Hurt".)
They will be on SNL next week.
I'm hearing "What'cha Want" by the Beastie Boys...

New album out tomorrow. . . 19th August. 

Perfect sounds.... Sitting by the pool drinking cold brews. Thank you!!
 derekd wrote:
Thought was Thievery Corp at first.
 
Same here until the vocals kicked in. 8 from the Nottingham jury.

 Kimberly8 wrote:
Gotye has a new song out and more stuff to come!! Find him quickly. You will not be disappointed.
 

We need to get him over here in the states.  He keeps touring around that island over there.
 mrdak wrote:
Dis is pretty good shit!

 

yep, and shit ain't bad
Gotye has a new song out and more stuff to come!! Find him quickly. You will not be disappointed.
Bought this cd from listening to this track here. The album is great all the way through - an interesting mix of nicely produced and very different tracks. 

I also emailed Mr Gotye and we e-chatted a bit and it transpires he is a really nice bloke. 

Keep us posted. Was on fence as it was. 

 socalhol wrote:
I just got this album — not sure about it yet.  Love the 4 songs played on RP, the rest will have to give a few more listens....  {#Music}
 

 socalhol wrote:
I just got this album — not sure about it yet.  Love the 4 songs played on RP, the rest will have to give a few more listens....  {#Music}
 


I just got this album — not sure about it yet.  Love the 4 songs played on RP, the rest will have to give a few more listens....  {#Music}
Thought was Thievery Corp at first.
Enjoying this.  Never heard it b4.
{#Arrow} 9
Dis is pretty good shit!

3 {#Arrow} 2



7 {#Arrow} 8

SONG JUST MAKES ME HAVE AN EARLY EVENING CHILL.  AHHHH.
Can't get enough of this guy! Got his discs for Christmas!!! Awesome..a 10 and beyond!!!     {#Drummer}
Sounds like Thievery Corporation featuring Beck, except not as appealing as either.

 Jelani wrote:
I swear, every time I hear this intro I think I'm going to hear "Deathwish" by the Police.
Even though I like this tune, I hate the disappointment of not hearing what I think it is.

 

I just did the same thing!  Well, if you're going to copy, copy from the best!
 Jelani wrote:

I swear, every time I hear this intro I think I'm going to hear "Deathwish" by the Police.
Even though I like this tune, I hate the disappointment of not hearing what I think it is.


 
For the first couple of seconds, I thought this was Don Henley's "Boys of Summer".  I almost panicked.  I am not at all disappointed that it wasn't was I thought it was.  :)

 matt! wrote:

Just got round to getting the album, it does not disappoint. Great stuff.

Also, this week there's a free track of his on iTunes. 


 
I agree! This is a wonderful album. Add it to the long list of "albums I purchased because of RP."

About iTunes—
iTunes UK must have different tracks than iTunes US. Sadly, there are not currently any free Gotye tracks on the US iTunes site. We have something called Jamey Johnson (Country - {#Eyes} ), Carrie Rodriguez (which iTunes listed as Folk but GraceNote listed as Country when I downloaded it, again ), and finally Monte Negro (Cancion de la Semana, Song of the Week, a moderately rocking little Spanish language song that I felt was the best of the lot). I'd give up all 3 and 3 random picks out of my iTunes library for one new Gotye song.  


Just got round to getting the album, it does not disappoint. Great stuff.

Also, this week there's a free track of his on iTunes. 
I swear, every time I hear this intro I think I'm going to hear "Deathwish" by the Police. Even though I like this tune, I hate the disappointment of not hearing what I think it is. :confused:
Ordered this from Gotye's website and then sat by my mailslot for the prescribed 12 postal days until it arrived.... right on time! Really groove to this song. :bounce: Good album. Comes with a funky Ayers Rock stamp on the envelope
another g o t y e masterpiece . . .
prickelpit96 wrote:
Some songs....but not overall IMHO. But there exist some albums with special dub-versions of his songs...
Thank you Prickelpit!!
Naaldekoker wrote:
Would LKJ Fall into the Genre Dub ?
Some songs....but not overall IMHO. But there exist some albums with special dub-versions of his songs...
Would LKJ Fall into the Genre Dub ? andrewimft wrote:
Dub is originally a Jamaican reggae style, a subcategory in reggae that started in the '60's, and the Clash and American or Brit reggae groups like UB40 got it from Jamaican reggae. Dub's characterized by some sound effects, drum effects, vocalizations similar to scat and rap, and lots of echo over a reggae drumbeat and sometimes much more reggae instrumentation. Used to be you'd hear a whole afternoon once a week of just dub reggae on your favorite public fm radio station.
Groovy chill! Love it! Thanks for the genre lesson as well. :dance: Too bad iTunes doesn't carry this artist.
burdell wrote:
This is a dub song. (Yes, the Police were influenced by dub as well) I think the first dub song I heard was from the Clash. And probably my favorite all time dub band is Black Uhuru. If you like this sound there is an entire genre of music out there for you.
Dub is originally a Jamaican reggae style, a subcategory in reggae that started in the '60's, and the Clash and American or Brit reggae groups like UB40 got it from Jamaican reggae. Dub's characterized by some sound effects, drum effects, vocalizations similar to scat and rap, and lots of echo over a reggae drumbeat and sometimes much more reggae instrumentation. Used to be you'd hear a whole afternoon once a week of just dub reggae on your favorite public fm radio station.
boober wrote:
I find this guy very interesting.I love "Your heart's a mess".
That was really good. This is a bit cheesy. not more than 6.
I find this guy very interesting.I love "Your heart's a mess".
"Wanna hear the most annoying song in the world?"
iTuner wrote:
Bill's channeling my iPod today. Or maybe my iPod channels RP?
Mine channels RP -- at least my "RP Favorites" playlist, which has 177 songs and counting, does. Most are discoveries from here, which is why I'm "Gr8ful4RP."
:rolleyes: Good lounge song until he started singing...but I do love a few of his songs.
I wasn't a big fan of the rest of the album, the best songs are definitely "Puzzle With A Piece Missing" and "Heart's A Mess." This one is Thievery Corp.-ish, pretty good.
Jelani wrote:
Ok, who's ripping off The Police?
Sounds a little like King Crimson to me, 'cept for the brass.......
Gotye's good :meditate:
Very mellow....very radio 2 at night with stuart maconie (uk station, maconie wrote a fantastic tale of northern life called Cider with Roadies!!) a very articulate dj /writer. :dance:
Bill's channeling my iPod today. Or maybe my iPod channels RP?
fresh air from australia, good for all!!
This is a dub song. (Yes, the Police were influenced by dub as well) I think the first dub song I heard was from the Clash. And probably my favorite all time dub band is Black Uhuru. If you like this sound there is an entire genre of music out there for you.
muy buena cancion
I was about to rebut Jelani's "Police rip-off" comment, but suddenly I'm hearing "Walking On The Moon."
Deathwish is the song I'm thinking of..... anyone else?
Ok, who's ripping off The Police?
Bill... THANKS! :notworthy: I'm so happy you let us discover new music all the time. There is so much stuff that fits my taste. Makes my days at work much more enjoyable . How do you find out about all these great artists?
Darkmatter wrote:
Chalk up another great musical discovery, thanks to RP. Dang, FM radio sucks so hard right now, I would never have heard it otherwise.
ya got that right!
mapomo wrote:
Not a bad song, but it reminds me too much ten years ago dub style...
I know exactly what you mean... But in my case those memories are fine.
Not a bad song, but it reminds me too much ten years ago dub style...
Pretty good song, played way too often, IMHO.
After finding the link on the Gotye site and getting the album for about $14 us, this has become my new favorite. My vote for best album of '07.
Chalk up another great musical discovery, thanks to RP. Dang, FM radio sucks so hard right now, I would never have heard it otherwise.
Great song...great album...
The title of the song always loves to happen to me when puzzling w/ my daughter. :eek:
Bill, I'm starting to think you love this song as much as I do...
Before the horns come in echoing a long lost specials song, the first few notes have me preparing to hear a long lost michael stanley track. mind you these are simple observations, not complaints...
I'm really liking this song. 7 -> 8
MylenerHead wrote:
Please quit playing Gotye until the price of his CD falls. $36 is too high for me baby.
You can buy it from their website for much less than that. gotye.com
So very Beck-like. And that's terrif, of course. 7
ein superalbum !!! gekauft
MylenerHead wrote:
Please quit playing Gotye until the price of his CD falls. $36 is too high for me baby.
:sunny: half price here! via amazon too, so rp still gets their cut
Dig them horns!
:yes: Voice is becoming quite recognizable. 8. For now.
horstman wrote:
Sounds like Steve Miller Band on Quaaludes.

Raechel wrote:
Can't get enough of "heart's a mess" and enjoyed this one too.
you got it! :cool:
Bought this album because of RP, can't get enough of it. Pretty much every track is awesome, particularly this one.
it's good :jump:
Like it...