Broken Bells

Broken Bells - Broken Bells
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2010 Ratings: #426 / 879
User Score
Based on 119 ratings
2010 Ratings: #187
March 9, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Drowned in Sound

As musical collaborations go, the one embarked upon by James Mercer, mercurial singer/songwriter with esteemed Portlanders The Shins, and Brian Burton, better known as producer extraordinaire Danger Mouse, has to go down as one of the most unlikely. While perhaps not in the sublime bracket of ridiculousness inhabited by Burt Bacharach's mutual love-in with Elvis Costello and Dr Dre that reared 2005's ill-advised At This Time or Bing Crosby and David Bowie uttering Christmas carols to one another, it certainly set the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons late last year when Mercer announced Broken Bells was a fully projected work in progress and an album would be imminent.

There are a few highlights scattered throughout, but the majority of this album is rather bland.
lots of good sounding stuff on here, nothing amazing. a couple awkward drum machine beats or out of place organs. the chorus on the ghost inside sounds so much like the strokes
Surprisingly Catchy and danceable for something that could have easily treaded into the avant guard. More approachable than the shins, but equally as deep and moving. Has a bit of that x factor that keeps me coming back.
Decente e Inofensivo
It sounds great and the hooks are amazing. Nothing groundbreaking though.
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Track List

  1. The High Road
  2. Vaporize
  3. Your Head Is On Fire
  4. The Ghost Inside
  5. Sailing To Nowhere
  6. Trap Doors
  7. Citizen
  8. October
  9. Mongrel Heart
  10. The Mall and Misery
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