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After the Disco
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Vinyl LP pressing includes digital download. 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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This album is definitely better than the first Broken Bells album (which I also loved, but didn't love as much as this one. Thank goodness albums are not like children and I can pick a favorite guilt-free).
My favorite track of the album is "The Angel and the Fool".
The theme that runs through the album is the likeness between a fallen angel and an alien from outer space. The songs capture the sense of outer-space, loneliness, and confusion of what it is to love and lose the euphoria of adolescence (which is, in a sense, falling to Earth, and subsequently falling through a vast void).
I am obviously NOT James Mercer and have difficulty coming up with ways to explain my thoughts.
I've listened to this album five times since I bought it a few days ago, and with every listen, I find something new.
Hell, I'm just going to stop writing this review and listen to it again.
I think that it is to James Mercer's and DangerMouse's advantage that they have already established successful music acts in the past. I believe this makes them free to take more chances with song structure, melodies, etc. Of course, with great risk comes great reward and I believe the music world everywhere has been greatly rewarded with this latest album from Broken Bells.
What I love most about this album is the daring and unconventional everything. It's got James Mercer's classic egoless lyrics and restrained, melancholic guitar lines with DangerMouse's perfect compliment of synths. My favorite tracks are "After the Disco" and "Leave it Alone." This is as close to a perfect album as we can get in 2014!
The album starts strong with the depressing-yet-strangely-upbeat song "Perfect World." And while the title track, "After the Disco," will undoubtedly get the most radio play, my favorite song on the album is "No Matter What You're Told," which combines powerful pop vocals, grainy guitar, and brass horns to create a powerful modern song that has its roots in the 60s club scene (I recently heard the song in an episode of Marvel's "Daredevil" on Netflix playing in the background of a bar scene, so it is getting SOME exposure).
A very strong album from Broken Bells. It definitely has some disco influences that especially evident in the construction and bass beat and rhythm of its titular song.
It is at once tragic, sad and contemplative and this album truly goes like a book where each song is a chapter.
It is an interesting musical turn in that is definitely influenced by the bouncy seventies disco beats and melds well with the early to mid-eighties electronic music.
An excellent album.
Songs of note are the singles, Perfect World, After the Disco, Holding on for Life (this is a really excellent song), Leave it Alone and Control.
Glad I bought this one. A really good record that I have listened to non-stop since my purchase!