AOTY 2018

Broken Bells

Broken Bells - Broken Bells
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2010 Ratings: #432 / 847
User Score
Based on 77 ratings
2010 Ratings: #135
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.

Falls apart after The Ghost Inside.
Definitely frontloaded, but overall a very strong album. The album falls somewhere in the vein of indie electropop, and James Mercer's voice suits this sound surprisingly well; it also gives him room for more experimentation than he has with The Shins. For a relatively low-key and subtle album, it's very infectious.
" What amounts to a dream anymore " Broken Bell
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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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