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2014 sophomore album from the musical partnership comprised of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer (The Shins). The duo's Grammy-nominated debut, Broken Bells, reached the Billboard Top 10 in its release week. Features the first single. "Holding On To Life.".
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  • Audio CD (February 4, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00GH0QOZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Jordan on February 10, 2014
Format: Audio CD
The first moments of After the Disco set the stage. A low, growling series of synths comes into orbit, checking in after Broken Bells’ space voyage that began in 2010 with their eponymous debut album. James Mercer speaks to us about hope and tragedy, love and loss, and bittersweet optimism. Things may be looking down, but "it's a perfect world all the same."

There’s nothing here that you haven’t heard before, and that’s exactly why the band's second studio album shines. The music may be more uptempo this time around, but returning fans will find themselves pleased, if not even more satisfied. The band’s sexy marriage of electronic and acoustic is even more abundant in this collection of tracks. Mercer's mournful stream-of-consciousness vocals and lamenting guitar work and Brian Burton tight, flawless backbeats work in a way that music shouldn't, and that's why this collaboration continues to be so special.

After the Disco comfortably evokes sounds of U2, especially in the opening track. Fitting, then, that Burton (better known as Danger Mouse, one of the many mau5es of excellent music production) would be underway with the production of U2's latest album. But while Bono cries of worries and socially-conscious concerns, "Perfect World" paints an image of hope for tomorrow amidst the worst of the worst. It’s hard to not visualize The Edge clipping through the soaring guitar at the midway point.

"After The Disco" and the later "Control" and are like two sides of the same glittering coin, outright homages to the dance grooves of the mid-seventies. The organs and watery guitars are ripped directly from the cheesiest vinyls from the dance floor, and work very, very well in the capable hands of the duo.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Dash Inc. on February 5, 2014
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You found out about this album because of 'After the Disco' and 'Holding On For Life', right? I don't want to spoil the surprise, but what if I told you those aren't even the best tracks on this record?

If you like the first Broken Bells album, The Shins, or anything Danger Mouse touches, then you're going to feel obligated by law to get a copy of the Broken Bell's new record, 'After the Disco'. Featuring The Shin's talent of James Mercer fused with Danger Mouse's instantly recognizable production, 'After the Disco' feels like a martian that has been studying Earth music for the past three decades abducted a folk/alternative rocker, only to land back on Earth with a new definition of what future rock should sound like, hidden in an album that will catch you totally off guard.

This isn't an album where you have to listen to it a second time to figure out if you like it or not, it's an album will push its way to the top of the stack after the first listen. Every track on this album is unique; you never have a problem trying to figure out when one track ends and another begins. One great thing about Danger Mouse is that he likes to approach projects with the 'less is more' attitude regarding the sound. He doesn't cram tracks with every sound wave he can think of just because it's possible to do that, and the way James Mercer compliments this attribute equals just the absolute perfect mix of cosmic folk and groovy funk in the form of a brilliant record.

It keeps a big grin on your face, your head rocking side to side, and your feet uncontrollably dancing around every track. I can't give away anymore information without ruining your first listen, just take my word for it. Dive into the cosmos and see what happens after the disco.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By joey johnson on March 4, 2014
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These guys have figured it out !!!. Yes, there are still bits of quirky sounds in the songs, but they make a little more sense this time around. Compared to the first CD which had quite a few good moments, this is much smoother, singable, more flowing and all the songs have better arrangements.

This CD has no "skip over it" songs. You can put it in your car's CD player and just let it play. It's all very very good stuff.

James Mercer and Brian Burton are in a literal groove in their writing skills. There are 3 magnificent tunes back to back to back - Holding on For Life, a 70's type Bee Gees-sounding disco number, Leave It Alone, a soft acoustic guitar type song with beautiful harmonies in the chorus, and my personal favorite The Changing Lights, a smooth vibe with a killer chorus that artistically paints a great picture and sets a mood through its meaningful lyrics.

What kept me really tuned in on the first listen was the variety in the songs as a whole and how they cleverly interspersed these different ideas throughout the entire CD. Overall this is just a great display of talent these guys possess. A lot of songwriters will be envious of the ability James and Brian have to craft beautiful music as they have.

When it comes Grammy time, this will probably be about as good as we get !!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 5, 2014
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I love danger mouse, and I love broken bells even more. This album will seriously grow on you, that's Danger Mouses game, the more you listen the more you like. I've listened to this album maybe 10 times already and I can't stop listening. The album starts off by getting you into an upbeat groove for the first two songs, then it goes to the single "holding on for life". It's a good set-up to slow down the pace and enjoy how catchy the song is, it almost reminds me of get lucky a bit. 4 and 5 are both ballad like and slower, but they segway right into my favorite "stonerish" part of the album. Six through eight is a brilliant piece of music, combining many noises and having upbeat and catchy style to it. The end three slow down a bit more again, but instead of being a ballad they keep the catchy and noises of the previous songs. All and all this is a complete album, when you listen to it you know the songs belong to an order. I think they are the best group around right now, if not best they are damn close.
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