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Brian Burton—a.k.a. Danger Mouse—has been behind the mixing board of some of the biggest musical transformations in recent history, including milestone recordings by Cee Lo Green, Beck, Norah Jones, and The Black Keys (to name a few). Burton’s collaboration with Shins frontman James Mercer—first heard on 2010’s eponymous Broken Bells—evokes a rich emotional depth from the Midas-touch producer. The duo’s second studio offering, After the Disco, sublimely dovetails Mercer’s bittersweet melodic instinct and Burton’s future-soul production, balancing space-age Studio 54 grooves like “The Changing Lights” and “After the Disco” with shadowy ballads like “The Angel and the Fool” and “Leave It Alone.” With both the strobe-lit rush of the dance floor and reflexive after-hours reticence, After the Disco is an album that lingers in the imagination.

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Imagine eating your favorite food. Then add in drinking your favorite beer. Finally, top it off with the best dessert you've ever had. Now multiply the deliciousness of that meal by 1 trillion. That experience is how your ears will be feeling when listening to this album.


Groovay + Bee Gees-esque. I'm digging the new Broken Bells!

James Mercer can do no wrong.

I’m a bit biased, but Mercer’s lyrics and adept songwriting shine through even in this short sample. Listen closely to the melodic verse, and ignore the fact that the title line is overdone a bit. It’s really good, and I don’t mind a little Gibb from Mercer. There are worse things to bring back from the dead; at least the homage is identifiable. Can’t wait to hear more of this!


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 until...
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