Broken Bells

Broken Bells

by Broken Bells


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James Mercer and Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) want Broken Bells to be seen, and heard, as an honest-to-goodness band, not a side-project dalliance. It's a little tricky to do that when first listening to their self-titled debut album, since they're such distinctive talents. Mercer's vocals and melodies will almost certainly evoke the Shins to some degree or another, but he and Burton steer clear of bright pop in favor of winding melodies and mellow atmospheres. "The High Road" melds slick electronic percussion and a searching, minor-key melody that echoes the duo's previous work without rehashing it. Toward the end, Broken Bells break out of their reflective mood with "The Mall & the Misery," which closes the album with crisp chamber pop.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/2010
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886975586523
catalogNumber: 755865

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Broken Bells   Primary Artist
Ronald Clark   Strings
Yvette Devereaux   Strings
Kirstin Fife   Strings
Stefanie Fife   Strings
Peter Kent   Strings
Jim McMillen   Trombone
Ira Nepus   Trombone
John Wittenberg   Strings
Michele Nardone   Strings
Carolyn Osborn   Strings
Peggy Baldwin   Strings
Johana Krejci   Strings
Calabria McChesney   Strings
Adriana Zoppo   Strings
Steven Williams   Trombone
Miriam Mayer   Strings
Margot Aldcroft   Strings
Jennifer Walton   Strings
Ruth Bruegger   Strings
James Mercer   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Danger Mouse   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Drums,Group Member
Philip Vaiman   Strings
Neel Hammond   Strings
Alwyn Wright   Strings
Ilona Geller   Strings
Jessica van Velzen   Strings
Alisha Bauer   Strings
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Strings
Christopher J. Tedesco   Strings,Trumpet

Technical Credits

Jeff Antebi   Artist Development
James Mercer   Composer
Danger Mouse   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Daniele Luppi   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Brian Burton   Composer
Todd Monfalcone   Engineer
Kennie Takahashi   Programming,Engineer
Jacob Escobedo   Artwork,Layout

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Broken Bells 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
mister_kevin More than 1 year ago
Combine Gorillaz with Shins in your inner ear and you have a close approximation of the sound. Danger Mouse captures that downbeat trip-hop sound rife with 60's-70's fuzzy logic. You can hear a warm analog glow throughout this record that conjures a feeling of early Beatles production, particularly on the drums and bass. Across the top you have James Mercer's knack for writing clever melodies that sink under your skin and you surprise yourself when you sing along after a few listens. It's mostly downtempo so I found it to be good roadtrip music on a recent SF-to-Seattle hell drive. My nerves were frazzled but I needed some inspiration. This is a perfect fit for those moments. I have a feeling that this will be as timeless as many other classic trip-hop records from the likes of massive attack and portishead. There's just always a place for this kind of sound.
jazzy110 More than 1 year ago
When I heard "The High Road" on the radio it was a must have. The CD wasn't even available yet. When I received the CD I was afraid it would be like so many, love one or two songs. The variety is incredible, I can listen to the entire CD all day at work, and again on my way home in the car. The "Ghost Inside" is a really fun melody, I catch myself clapping along. I'm not terribly fond of the lyrics, some are haunting but again, the melodies and voices are wonderful! Great job Broken Bells.
Somedayyoumay More than 1 year ago
In clamoring for new Shins material, I came across this album/project that the lead singer James Mercer put together with Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse). I've been listening to the first availalble track "The High Road" and it is fantastic, haunting and addicting. I have trouble getting Shins songs out of my head for several months at a time, and the cool, funky vibe the Danger Mouse lays down on this makes it even more addicting. Can't wait for the full album to come out in March. I'll be all over that.
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srw7813 More than 1 year ago
They have a similar style to Muse, which I love, but their own style also comes through. Their music is very inspiring, emotional and soulful -- I play it when I'm working on a manuscript or making jewelry (I have my own jewelry company). It stimulates my creativity. The beat just makes you want to move with the music, even if you're sitting down. There isn't any song on the CD that's a dud. I love all of them. I can't wait for Broken Bells to come out with another CD. I also saw the video clip of their concert in Austin, TX an few days ago -- fantastic! I wish they were coming to my area.