Or
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.

More Options
Broken Bells (Amazon Exclusive Version)
 
See larger image
 

Broken Bells (Amazon Exclusive Version)

8 Mar. 2010 | Format: MP3

£7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
Buy the CD album for £4.49 and get the MP3 version for FREE. Does not apply to gift orders.
Provided by Amazon EU Sąrl. See Terms and Conditions for important information about costs that may apply for the MP3 version in case of returns and cancellations. Complete your purchase of the CD album to save the MP3 version to your Amazon music library.
Song Title
Time
Popularity  
30
1
3:52
30
2
3:29
30
3
3:02
30
4
3:18
30
5
3:46
30
6
3:19
30
7
4:29
30
8
3:38
30
9
4:23
30
10
4:07
30
11
2:56
Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.co.uk (UK).
  

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 Mar. 2010
  • Release Date: 8 Mar. 2010
  • Label: Columbia
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 40:19
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B003AU2PAA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,443 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Yeoh on 17 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Being more or less unfamiliar to the prior works of the artists, I came to this album fresh.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a gently engaging collection of melodic songs. The album is deceptively complex. At first listen, it sounds nice enough, but repeat listenings reveal subtleties in the both the music and vocals.

I might have dismissed this as accessible, unchallenging indie, but there is more to this album than meets the eye (ear?).

Not one to love, but I like it plenty.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ploppy on 27 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
Why such mixed reviews? This is a MASTERPIECE; that sounds more impressive with every listen. Love the Shins, especially Wincing The Night Away but this album goes the extra mile. Mercer's voice is subtle yet distictive,the production is superb. Santagold-esque sounds in "The Ghost inside" one of the stand out tracks for me as is "Your Head Is On Fire", "Trap Doors" and the Mall & Misery". Like the Shins, stick with this album it is pure quality with a wonderful array of sounds and styles that leave you hooked.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Automagicalness on 6 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
£3.99 is a extra large hot chocolate with cream. £3.99 is a small fast food meal? or £3.99 is an album you will keep coming back to possibly like me on Sunday mornings with heaps of college work and a mug of tea.

Great Album
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlie-CJ HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Broken Bells is an American rock music band based around Brian Burton and James Mercer. These two are the creative force in Broken Bells, although they are joined by a full band on tour. Following the success of this album, the good news is that Mercer and Burton have said they will record a follow-up. I'm not quite sure how to describe the band, almost a bit like a slowed down version of YES, but this time you can understand the lyrics. Can't really say whether I have a favourite 'song' on Broken Bells, as all the tracks are of similar quality really, having a similar tempo and feel, making it a very consistent and cohesive album.

The sound is very synthesiser-rock, quite gentle and almost hypnotic, with perhaps a folksie feel as well. For techno-rock one does think of British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark [OMD], and I have to say I rate them higher than Broken Bells when at their best. So if you like this album I would check OMD's albums out as well, with probably 'Universal' and 'Architecture & Morality' being as good a starting point as any. However, if like me you already have all of OMD's CDs then why not take a punt with this band. Listen to the Broken Bells MP3 samplers first though to see if you like their overall sound. Chances are you will - and hopefully, like OMD, their music will only get better in the follow up albums. Easily 4*.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Horn on 20 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I really don't understand the negative reviews - each to their own, and all that (as James Mercer sings on the impossibly good 'The High Road') but whatever your musical preference there's no denying that this is one of the great albums of 2010...for me, it tops the list.
Any praise of Broken Bells is bound to lead to a comparison with The National and Arcade Fire, both of whom would seem to be many people's choice for album of the year (with High Violet and The Suburbs, respectively) - and deservedly so, both these albums are indeed very, very good - but as I say, to each their own: personally, I find High Violet a little tiresome and predictable; I much prefer The Suburbs, but even then I don't find it particularly inspiring on any level.
If you're a fan of The Shins, as has already been suggested here, you'll no doubt like this album...but believe me, it's so much more than just another Shins record. It's beautifully crafted - the writing, vocals, instrumentation, and production is excellent - but more than that, it brings a smile to my face every time I press 'play' on my stereo and for that reason alone it deserves my title of album of the year.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shaya TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I was pleasantly surprised by this album, I first thought it was going to be a sort of instrumental by the sound of the title (Tubular Bells kind of thing) Then on reading the description it was nothing like I expected at all, I had never heard of James Mercer or Brian Burton before.
The introduction to the first track 'The High Road' sounded like a child was playing at first, all disjointed but turned out to be rather good so I listened to the rest of it while getting on with the housework and enjoyed it thoroughly, I now listen to it most of the time. To me they sound a little like a cross between John Lennon/Beatles and 60s pop with a bit of Techno thrown in.
As usual with an album I find there are one or two tracks I don't like very much but out of the 10 tracks 7 are worth listening to in my opinion, the opening track The High Road, being one of them.
This makes me think of the summer and lazy days laying in the sun in the park.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Wright VINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
"Broken Bells" cleverly mixes indie guitar music with electronic sounds. It is a great, relaxing album to sit and listen to all the way through or to have on as background music. The standout tracks for me are "The High Road," "Vaporize," and "The Ghost Inside." The rest of the songs do blend together bit I don't really see that as a problem as it is a very chilled out CD.

At just under 38 minutes Broken Bells don't outstay their welcome and I have found myself pressing repeat even though I wouldn't ordinarily choose to listen to this type of music. Whilst it remains to be seen whether this duo will continue to make music together, I will be keeping an ear out if they do.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for similar items by category