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Meyrin Fields (EP)
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
After listening to this quaint little EP, I feel like their first album, self-titled Broken Bells, was more of a compromise between the unique styles of James Mercer and Danger Mouse than it was a synergy of sound. Don't get me wrong, that album was clearly a 5 star masterpiece! I say this only because now, considering their more recent work, it appears to me that they are stepping forward not as two individual artists who happened to create a compilation together, but as a single, coherent band. This EP marks a step forward for this band. It sounds more like an initial project than a sophomore effort because, in its own right, it is so raw. The album drifts farther into the world of electronics and synthesizers than anything Mercer has done in the past. Missing is the pop-folk rock underpinnings. Many fans of The Shins may find this EP lacking for that reason. But if you find yourself disappointed with this EP, I challenge you to listen to it again, with fresh ears, because it should be appreciated in its own right as an independent work of art.

If your looking for something more like The Shins, check out James Mercer and fellow Shins members' first band, Flake Music. They released one full length CD in 1997 called When You Land Here, It's Time to Return, which can be found right here on Amazon, used, at a reasonable rate. Flake Music is amazing too. If you are an avid Shins fan, and you haven't heard their early work produced under the alias Flake Music, it is a must that you check it out. Flake Music also produced several singles and EPs in the mid to late 90's, but they are very hard to find.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2011
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
In March of last year, James Mercer, the lead singer of The Shins, and Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) of Gnarls Barkley fame, teamed up to form Broken Bells. The result was one of the best albums of 2010 with captivating singles like "The Ghost Inside" and "The High Road" leading the way. Now, almost exactly a year later, the duo is back with four additional songs, two previously unreleased and the other two only released digitally.

EPs of this length are typically nothing more than a collection of tracks deemed to be unfit for inclusion on a previously released or upcoming full-length album. However, in the case of "Meyrin Fields," that is not the case. Although the overall sound and feel of the EP is similar to that of their self-titled debut, there is still a resonant progression; a glimpse of things to come.

"Meyrin Fields" may not quite satisfy fans who have been hungry for more since the first time they heard Broken Bells' debut, but it does serve the purpose of confirming this side project for two talented artists has not yet reached its completion.

Opening with the title track, "Meyrin Fields," a track originally released as a B-side to "The Ghost Inside," the combined influence of both band members is still just as easily heard as it was on Broken Bells' debut.

The quick, electronic beat with a blend of clean and distorted sounds can easily be compared to Danger Mouse's other projects, but as soon as Mercer's trademark vocals enter the mix, the resulting sound is undeniably their own.

The following track, "Windows," begins with a beat that sounds like it could have been ripped out of a spy movie, but a self-harmonized Mercer, frequently showing off his impressive range, takes the song in a different direction. The unusually unpolished track has a bit more of a funk feel to it than much of Broken Bells' debut which is our first glimpse of a move from their electronic pop sound with smooth edges.

"An Easy Life," the third track on the EP, was previously released with the iTunes version of their debut so the track serves as less of a progression than "Windows," but it will likely be a favorite of this EP for many fans.

With a bit of a tropical theme to the beat, Danger Mouse takes the relaxed mood of the track and adds his own electronic spin.

Mercer's vocals are given more sonic treatment on this track as well which may become the norm if the duo continue to release material, but only time will tell.

"Meyrin Fields" closes with "Heartless Empire" which sounds more like The Shins than anything else Broken Bells have done up until this point, but the distorted backing instrumentation keeps "Hearless Empire" from falling too far into The Shins' standard formula.

A consistent fuzz that only lets up for the final note of the song is unique among any of Burton or Mercer's past projects. With members of The Shins in question and Cee Lo Green doing just fine on his own without Danger Mouse, it's possible Broken Bells could become far more than just a side-project for either member.

"Meyrin Fields" is not as extraordinary as Broken Bells' debut, but if the EP serves to start the band's experimental shift before a new full-length album, then listeners have much to look forward to in the years to come.

Similar Artists: The Shins, The Gorillaz
Track Suggestion: "An Easy Life"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2013
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This EP complements Broken Bells' first album. I recommend it as an "add-on" to your Broken Bells palate. Two more words were required to complete this review, but you got a whole sentence!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2013
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I loved the first Broken Bells album and this one did not disappoint. the only down side is this one only has 4 songs on it which just makes me want them to release a third album asap ;)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2011
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Broken Bells' debut album was a bit of a slow burner for me, on first listen I thought it was okay but after a few listens I realised it wasn't just 'okay' it was bloody brilliant. Meyrin Fields was instantly that good to my ears, each song is brilliant and I agree with the reviews that suggest that these 4 songs sound more like a cohesive band rather than a couple of distinctive individuals colliding musically. these songs are so good that i was almost tempted to deduct a star for the short running time, it's under 15 minutes and feels like it's over before it has begun.
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on April 26, 2014
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Broken Bells in my opinion are the bridge between art house psychedelic rock and radio pop. They have the accessibility of U2 but are poetic much like Mercer's other band The Shins. Some day they will break through the mainstream and this EP will be much sought after, all the songs are great in their own right, but the title track is something else, its badass. It has a kind of intensity and urgency that most songs don't, it's a pump up song, it will inspire you to succeed, it will make you want to kick some ass.
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on December 31, 2012
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I really liked the Broken Bells album and this EP is a few more songs of goodness from them. Pick it up to complement your collection.
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on November 27, 2012
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Looking for more Broken Bells? This has a few songs that were not on their album. Songs are up the same alley as the rest of the Broken Bells songs. Awesome addition!
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on August 24, 2014
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Your group has blown me away!! I'm 54 years old and I play your music everywhere I go. My friend's enjoy your music now, also. Thanks Drew Wilson
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on August 7, 2014
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First album much better. This one not terrible, but I know why these songs did not make the original album.
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