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Broken Bells [VINYL]

Broken Bells Vinyl
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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James Mercer and Brian Burton a/k/a Danger Mouse have completed work on the first album by their new and ongoing band Broken Bells. The album, also titled Broken Bells, is available now on CD, LP and limited edition music box.

The album features 10 melodically seductive and psychologically provocative songs co-written and performed by Mercer and Burton. Titles include "The High ... Read more in Amazon's Broken Bells Store

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  • Vinyl (22 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0031AV73A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance 17 Jun 2010
By B. Yeoh
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.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year so far! 27 April 2010
By ploppy
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3.99 ?! 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
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing. 18 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
Just as the title says, amazing, this album took me on a journey. I would happily sit and listen to James Mercer's voice all day.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different and polished 23 Feb 2010
By M. Dale
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This album isn't something I would have picked out just browsing around, but the description caught my eye so I decided to give it a shot. In a way I'm glad I did, and while it's still not entirely to my tastes it also made me re-think some of the preconceptions I have about indie music.

If I had to classify it I'd place it somewhere between synth-pop and what most people would consider to be 'indie'. Production values are top notch and there are certainly some catchy tracks in there, particularly track 8. Personally I don't think it's a knock-out first album but it's still worth looking into if you think you like one or more of the genres it moves between.

4 stars, because while I might not be bowled over it is very well produced and I can see how others might like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 3 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
The best album I've heard since Doves. Brilliant songwriting, gorgeous production. Can't wait for the next one from Broken Bells.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE album of 2010 20 Dec 2010
By G. Horn
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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*.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Music that can be listened to closely or left to create an ambience in the background. Yet to find someone who doesn't love it.
Published 1 month ago by Damien J. Plant
4.0 out of 5 stars There ain't nothing broke about this album
I can understand the criticism leveled at this album.

Throughout there is a persistent feeling of playing it safe. Read more
Published 11 months ago by amoscow74
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied
Great CD, delivered on time. I've had no problems with it but maybe I would have liked to find a digipack version of the same item at the same price
Published 12 months ago by Silvia Guarino
4.0 out of 5 stars Give It Time
I love this album, but it definitely demands at least four or five listens before you can properly appreciate it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by BoatDrinks
4.0 out of 5 stars Broken bells isn't The Shins.
This a Broken Bells album, band composed of Brian Burton ( Danger Mouse) and James Mercer, the lead vocalist and guitarist for the indie rock band The Shins. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2012 by Gumer Gonzalez
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
Quite dull, grey indie pop music, despite the presence of the (vastly overrated) Danger Mouse. The impression of diminishing returns from James Mercer is unavoidable: the first... Read more
Published on 24 May 2012 by Ted Maul
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
A marriage made in heaven, when Dangermouse and the front man from The Shins got together? Kind of.. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2011 by Mr. M. L. Hawes
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting diversion for Burton and Mercer
I was really looking forward to the release of the first album by Broken Bells, as I'm a huge fan of both James Mercer and Danger Mouse (Brian Burton). Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2011 by Mr. Geek
4.0 out of 5 stars Close your eyes and enjoy the Shins.
It's hard to listen to this album and regard it as anything else than a (rather good) Shins album. Dangermouse/Brian Burton's production lends itself well to Mercer's simple... Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2010 by D. Macphee
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