Their sophomore album offers a fuller sound, courtesy of the band's exploration of new sonic territories and of the illustrious Italian composer Daniele Luppi, best known for his work with Danger Mouse and his string arrangements on Gnarls Barkley's "St. Elsewhere" and John Legend's "Once Again". Luppi ultimately captured a more complex sound, dipping into various styles, and pushing the band to expand their portrayal and visions of modern day society, with life-sized lyrical truths and bigger than life melodic hooks.
Strings. French horn. Tuba. The second album by New York-based indie rockers Robbers on High Street features all the classic elements that are supposed to make second albums so terrible. All that's missing, really, is a children's choir. In this case, however, the group has balanced its studio ambition with just the right amount of real world restraint, coming up with a disc that actually improves on the first while maintaining the trio's wry quirks. Produced by Italian composer Daniele Luppi--best known for his string arrangements on Gnarls Barkley's St. Elsewhere
and John Legend's Once Again
-- the disc once again finds the trio mining its record collection for inspiration and coming up with an album that pays rich tribute to everything from high tension British guitar rock in "The Fatalist" to wobbly soft-focus indie pop in "Your Phantom Walks the Hall." --Aidin Vaziri