Friday, March 05, 2010

The High Road

Song: The High Road
Artist: Broken Bells
Album: Broken Bells

Danger Mouse strikes again with a killer collaboration with James Mercer of The Shins. A pseudo-psychedelic folk-ish rock record with light touches of electronica. A semi-ridiculous description that doesn't even really do the record justice... it just happens to have so many elements to it, and yet... doesn't sound disjointed or a genre-hopper... it's really just a batch of killer tunes.

First track and single "The High Road" does a pretty great job at setting up the proceeding, with a light beat, acoustic strumming, and then Mercer's voice riding the melody. Amazing. "Vaporize" sounds very British, a little Charlatans UK, a little Love even, but again... great melody. Other stand-outs include the Strokes meet down-beat Gnarles Barkley "The Ghost Inside," The trippy "Sailing to Nowhere," country-lite sea-shanty "Citizen," and yearning electro-rock of "October."

Been really really digging this record and think we're going to hear a lot about it this year.


The High Road


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