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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)
  • Original Release Date: February 4, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • ASIN: B00GH0QOZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,340 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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I have to admit that I am sort-of a jaded old man in his early 30s who thought that 2005 was the pinnacle year for indie music. I buy a lot of music and have found it harder and harder to find music that just takes me to another plane. The last time I was absolutely wowed by an album was back in 2010 with Avi Buffalo's first release. However, come 4 years later Broken Bells has taken me to that plane and made me feel that sense of magic like I felt going to music festivals in the 2000s.

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!
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