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Broken Bells

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Broken Bells are James Mercer of the Shins and Danger Mouse (Brian Burton), who is half of Gnarls Barkley and the producer on albums by Gorillaz, the Black Keys, Beck and others. Mercer’s dreamy melodies and memorable hooks meld organically with Danger’s Mouse spacey soundscapes and elastic tempos. Burton sets Mercer’s soothing, melancholic voice against dynamic beats and lush backdrops that add power and punch to these carefully structured songs. “Vaporize” begins like a classic Shins tune before morphing into an organ-driven groove. “The Ghost Inside” features Mercer singing in a strained yet pleasing falsetto over a funky, skittering synth beat. There are straight-forward gems such as “The High Road” and “Trap Doors” as well as atmospheric beauties like the gurgling “Your Head Is On Fire”, the tense and wiry “Citizen”, and the ingeniously constructed “Sailing to Nowhere”. Flush with surprises and brilliant sonic touches, Broken Bells is an inspired collaboration that should please fans of the Shins and Danger Mouse alike.

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Love it!

An excellent album, joining the talents of Shins frontman James Mercer and Dangermouse with his fresh production. It's a grower with every song revealing more on each listen. There are touches of Air, Beck and a whole host of others. Definitely give it a go.

promising combo

Indie music with a pop centre, creative and intelligent and a good start for a very promising combination of talents.

WOW

Downloaded The High Road as the single of the week and couldn't stop listening to it, Now i don't normally go to the albums the single of the week comes from but loved it so much i thought i'd give it a go... WOW its fantastic and i cant stop playing it.... if you like the single your sure to love the album.

Biography

Formed: 2008 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Though Broken Bells featured two of the bigger names in indie and alternative music — the Shins' singer/guitarist James Mercer and producer/multi-instrumentalist Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse — the duo managed to keep their project secret for a relatively long time. The pair were inspired to collaborate when they met at 2004's Roskilde music festival in Denmark, where they discovered they were fans of each other's work. However, they didn't start writing and recording together as a band...
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