Thursday, January 28, 2010

Review - Broken Bells - "Broken Bells"



Unless you indie kids have been living under a rock, you know that beloved singer/guitar of The Shins James Mercer has been working with Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) on a new project called Broken Bells.

Needless to say, this collaboration was bound to be good.

James Mercer's voice needed to break out of that light rock box and into this experimental one.

The album, which releases in early March, features their single "The High Road", blogged to death and amazing. The track has so much character just in the first 30 seconds. I was very pleased when I first heard it.

And the album holds that track up.

I've heard many mixed views of this album, and I understand why. You cannot accept the album on first listen. It comes to you around the 3rd time around, when you release that it is brilliant. It is summer night music, something to sit and eat sushi to when you are all alone with no friends. It makes you feel cool.

Key tracks are Citizen, The Mall and Misery, and Mongrel Heart.

9/10

"The High Life" is available now for download and 7" vinyl purchase, and the self-titled album releases March 9th.

That is all.

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