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listen10. Black (feat. Norah Jones) 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 17, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B004E0Z4XK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Some five years in the making, the conception of Rome actually dates back even further, to the 2004 meeting of Brian Burton a/k/a Danger Mouse and Italian composer/arranger Daniele Luppi. Burton was emerging from the aftermath of the media storm around his Grey Album and beginning work on Gorillaz now multi-platinum and Grammy winning Demon Days. Luppi was amassing acclaim for his album An Italian Story, which paid tribute to the cinematic sounds that shaped his childhood, while writing music for the screen (Sex In The City, Nine, etc.) and soon thereafter contributing arrangements to Burton projects including Gnarls Barkley, Dark Night of the Soul and Broken Bells.


United in their shared passion for classic Italian film music, Burton and Luppi have created a record like no other: Intense songwriting periods both together and apart and travels to Rome during which Luppi reunited for the first time in decades original musicians from the scores of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West including the legendary Marc 4 backing band and Alessandro Alessandroni's 'I Cantori Moderni' choir laid the groundwork. Recording took place in Rome's cavernous Forum Studios formerly Ortophonic Studios, founded, amongst others, by the great Ennio Morricone -- employing vintage equipment, for which Burton and Luppi would pay with bottles of wine, and making every effort to replicate the recording practices of the 1960s/70s golden age, recording live to tape, with no electronics, computers or 21st-century effects.


Crucial to the completion of Rome has been the enlistment of two lead vocalists who not only do justice to but complete the three songs each written for a man and a woman. While on tour with Gnarls Barkley, Burton met Jack White and a year later, White recorded his contributions The Rose With The Broken Neck, Two Against One and The World in Nashville. White s counterpart, in a revelatory turn, is Norah Jones, who flew to Burton s L.A. studio from New York to sing on Season's Trees, Black and Problem Queen.

With acclaimed director and photographer Chris Milk brought in as "Visual Director", half a decade of hard work and unstinting perfectionism would draw to a close as the album and package were completed.


From Rome's opening with soprano Edda Dell'Orso's dramatic voice (the same haunting vocal presence from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 44 years ago) gracing Theme of Rome to the closing strains of The World, Rome -- for all its cinematic qualities -- is not the soundtrack to an imaginary movie, but rather a complex, nuanced pop record rife with counterpoints of intensity and darkness as well as uplift and light. (Luppi calls it "a small window on human life, touching on love, death, happiness, desperation, and the visceral connection of a man and a woman".) It's an ambitious work with a uniquely modern sound achieved through traditional, vintage means. It is, above all, a fully realized album, perfectly formed and hauntingly beautiful.


Welcome to Rome.

Customer Reviews

Strings, vocals, drums, sound great.
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I then went on to listen to the CD and loved what I heard from the preview clips.
Anthony D
I love Norah Jones and Jack White is amazing.
Amy

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Scott Daly on May 17, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Lush, mellow and sexy as all get-out, this curious pairing of American producer Danger Mouse (he of Gnarls Barkley and Broken Bells) and Italian composer Daniele Luppi (he of Sex and the City) could have been tedious. But Mr. Mouse's track record of mesmerizing collaborations -- no matter how out-there the premise -- remains peerless, as this tribute to iconic Italian film music drips with '60s cool. The material is original; the project was five years in the making. But Ennio Morricone's influence (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West) is robust. In order to replicate the retro sound, Danger Mouse and Luppi recorded as if it were 50 years ago, which means no computer trickery. They also brought in musicians who worked with Morricone on those classic spaghetti-Western scores. And to give it all a little commercial polish (but still retain that hip sheen), Jack White and Norah Jones were brought in to contribute vocals, each one steamier than the next. Jack White plays a sorta gunslinger, especially on The World, which sounds like dusty dueling music. And Jones is pure femme fatale, luring people into her tricky web on many scrumptious rides. This is a true masterpiece and I can already say it will be overlooked by many but trust me and get this one now!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 17, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is an album I have waited for with eager anticipation ever since I heard it was in the making. One of my favourite producers Danger Mouse collaborating with Italian composer Daniele Luppi on an album of theatrical Spagetti movie soundscapes, and the vocals of Jack White and Norah Jones. How could it possibly fail?

Well, it doesn't. The sweeping "Theme Of "Rome"" (laced with operatic flourishes and delicately tapped percussion) opens the album, followed by the gently shuffling "The Rose With A Broken Neck" with White's vocals layered in upper and lower register. White appears again on "Two Against One" (in a spoken/sung performance), and closing cut "The World".

The pace of the album rarely strays above a midtempo shuffle, and every song is brief. Jones appears on the sultry "Season's Trees", the dark "Black" (with cascading guitar sounds and an intro remniscent of The Eagles' "Hotel California"), and the gently swinging "Problem Queen".

Other standouts are the Bluesy "Roman Blue", the ghostly "The Gambling Priest", and the incredibly beautiful "Morning Fog" (with quivery organ, haunting harmonies and a delightful keyboard solo).

It's nothing earth shattering, just deeply affecting and beautiful, and sometimes, that is enough.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Henshel VINE VOICE on June 7, 2011
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Not what I was expecting, but lovely and dreamy. A few tracks had a western feel, but for the most part, it really reminded me of late 90's Air- which I love, so that worked out for me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erik J. Malvick VINE VOICE on November 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
My wife and I discovered this album out of our love for Norah Jones, Jack White, and Danger Mouse's production work for the Gorillaz and Black Keyes.

The concept of the album, a soundtrack to an Italian spaghetti western that doesn't exist, is intriguing when you consider the artists involved. It seems like a strange combo, but given the reputations of each artist, you don't have to strain too hard to imagine it working.

This album is awesome. I'm not sure I've been impressed by an album as much as I've been with this one in a while. The music is beautiful, the voices are grand, and the instrumentation is almost perfect. The only problem is that I don't think the music sounded as much like a soundtrack to a Man With No Name movie as the premise leads you to believe. Rome is more unique than that, and I think it actually makes for a better album. I wanted a full-fledged spaghetti western type soundtrack and received something better.

What do I mean? The first track makes for a fantastic western type theme, but that tone and style are subtle through the rest of the album. There are times when the music and songs seem like they would belong in more of a 70's James Bond type movie than a western, with the exception of the lyrics. Ultimately, this album sounds like something that you'd have from a Quentin Tarantino western, and that is just perfect.

The play of Jack White and Norah Jones in complementary tracks here and there is grand. I only wish there were more tracks with their voices. It is amazing at how well their voices complement each other. It's only too bad they don't duet at all. I could see it working in this instance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Twilight Zone on October 31, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Has a nice David Axelrod flavor to it, featuring funky grooves, a lush orchestra and fine vocal performances from Norah Jones and Jack White. If you find yourself liking this album, but don't know who the 1960s/1970s artist David Axelrod is, look him up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tuatara on July 18, 2011
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After constantly listening to the Burton/Mercer Broken Bells album for the past year, now comes Burton's Rome collaboration which I'll be constantly hearing for the next year!! What a beautiful record! The combination of vocal tracks and the lush instrumentals is flawless. Luppi, Jones and White add greatly to the final product. Ennio Morricone has always been one of my favorite composers and this 'soundtrack' really captures the feel of his music. Finally a suggestion for Norah Jones. You might want to consider doing an entire album with Brian Burton producing and Burton/Luppi writing the songs! Its certainly an album I would buy!
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