7.18.2011

Album of the Month: July 2011


Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi
Rome
★★★★

I apologize profusely for how late this is, but it's time I got back on track, so here is the super-delayed Album of the Month!
I've loved Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) ever since the Grey Album of 2004, where he mixed Jay-Z's vocals on the Black Album with the instrumentals from Beatles' White Album. He's done a myriad of collaborations since then with his most recent being this, Rome. He and his collaborator, respected Italian composer Daniele Luppi, both shared a love for the music of the spaghetti Westerns of the 60's. Norah Jones and Jack White were called on to provide vocals, and thus the album came to be. What can I say? It's typical Danger Mouse but with a cinematic twist. The music was sophisticated and didn't literally interpret Westerns; it was hinted with the abundant use of violins and the supporting electric guitar. The tracks with Norah and Jack are great, but I only wish the instrumentals were allowed the same star treatment. Only avid listeners will come to appreciate the nuance of these compositions, but nonetheless, I've come to truly enjoy them. It's definitely worth picking up, but you'll need to devote some time to it to really sink in.
Favorite Songs: Roman Blue, Two Against One, The Gambling Priest, The Matador Has Fallen, Problem Queen

Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi- Two Against One feat. Jack White

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