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4.0 out of 5 stars Going to extraordinary lengths to pay tribute to the sound of Ennio Morricone!
Brian Burton, aka the composer/producer/collaborator extraordinaire Danger Mouse, is about as prolific as they come, helming a constant flow of inspired material since he first came to prominence in 2005 with "Grey Album", his audacious splicing of The Beatles' 'The White Album with Metallica's The Black Album..
Since then he has topped the charts with Gnarls...
Published on 31 May 2011 by casabig

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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe the Hype..
This album should have been mind-blowing; the musicians, studio, producers etc but unfortunately it's amazingly unremarkable. I'm an unashamedly Morricone obsessive and desperately wanted to love this album - the best bits are when Danger Mouse rips off specific chord progressions or melodies. The whole album sounds like Air doing their finest Serge Gainsbourg imitation...
Published on 24 May 2011 by K. EDEN


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4.0 out of 5 stars strangely addictive, 15 Jun 2013
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B. G. Cullen (lancs uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rome (Audio CD)
Jack, Norah, weird combo. But, it works. If u long 4 the Clint Eastwood era westerns this is 4 u. Latre nite, few glasses of something nice, put it on & enjoy....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar, 23 Jan 2013
This review is from: Rome [VINYL] (Vinyl)
It is just really great. utterly atmospheric and all the tracks are excellent in their own right. Well worth a buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelllent Stuff, 26 April 2012
This review is from: Rome (Audio CD)
Very evocative of the Ennio Morricone soundtracks withoutout decending into pale pastiche, a real feat. I am a great fan of those spaghetti western soundtracks, at one Edinburgh Festival Fringe the Cliff Hanger Theatre put on a free show where they had the audience divided into three sections singing part of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly themetune. I went back almost every day for that show.

This album nearly passed me by but having listened to clips from the forthcoming album Little Broken Hearts I cam to check this out and am so pleased that I did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly beautiful., 26 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Rome (MP3 Download)
Rome is certainly an oddity. A short, 35 minute tribute to spaghetti western film score, produced by Danger Mouse of the hip-hop world, guested by guitar legend Jack White and Radio 2's favorite, Norah Jones, their contrasting styles produce a beautiful soundtrack to a film that sadly does not exist.

Alone, the tracks in which White and Jones lend their vocals don't really make sense. Couple them with the sweeping orchestration of the instrumental tracks and suddenly, you begin to see what this album is. One continuous piece of beautiful music.

Yes it is too short, but as such does not get tiresome. I downloaded the album earlier and have listened to it twice already. It's very calming and relaxing, showcasing the remarkable talent of Danger Mouse, a man cruelly often accused of piggybacking his way to success.

Definite download, possibly 2/3 tracks light, hence the four star rating. At it's current reduced price, not a bad purchase at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bella, 2 July 2011
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I bought this album after watching some arti crafti programme. So glad I did, excellent cd, now a firm favourite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new favourite, 1 Aug 2014
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Bought this having heard "Two Against One". Love both Jack White and Norah Jones, neither disappoint. The instrumentals are melodically and relaxing. I can see this being a permanent fixture in the car...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Bad!!, 18 Aug 2014
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Superb album featuring Nora Jones!! Discovered these guys as a sound track to Breaking Bad.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe the Hype.., 24 May 2011
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K. EDEN (lancs, uk) - See all my reviews
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This album should have been mind-blowing; the musicians, studio, producers etc but unfortunately it's amazingly unremarkable. I'm an unashamedly Morricone obsessive and desperately wanted to love this album - the best bits are when Danger Mouse rips off specific chord progressions or melodies. The whole album sounds like Air doing their finest Serge Gainsbourg imitation. The stand-out feature of the album is the bass production.

It's a nice album but it's nowhere near as ace as it could have been.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An album of moments - some great, some not, 4 Nov 2011
This review is from: Rome (Audio CD)
It all seems a little pretentious - fabled uber-producer unites with Italian composer to create a musical film (no actual film accompanies this 'soundtrack') based on the golden age of Westerns. Stars, of both the indie and café scenes, come together to assist in making music evocative of the Ennio Morricone scores of yesteryear.

Well, the latter is certainly true - the instrumentals sound overly-familiar, although that's clearly part of the goal, and familiarity doesn't damper enjoyment of the sweeping melodies that do actually evoke images of the lone Cowboy trekking across the plains. The results don't quite match the hype generated by its five-year conception, but it's beautiful enough to draw the listener in.

Norah Jones redeems herself with perfectly-timed breathy vocal turns on Season's Trees and Black - two of Rome's highlights, the former being the standout. Her sense of rhythm is exceptional - more than can be said for Jack White, whose three tracks are surprisingly no match. White sounds listless, his voice not fitting the atmosphere and unable to create some of its own.

It's certainly not perfect, and some of the early interludes are more engaging listens than their fuller versions - but beautifully crafted it most certainly is, and sometimes that's enough
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent background music (and that's about it), 19 Jun 2011
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I won't be the first to emphasise there's too little meat on this album. To fans of the melodic, soft work of Morricone, Jean-Claude Vannier,... this record sound instantly appealing. Sound-wise it's perfect; harmonies, melodies and orchestrations are perfectly executed and the variation between stylish, slightly cheesy instrumental bits and the occasional vocal parts of Jack White & Norah Jones feels right. However, my initial enthousiasm quickly turned into the feeling this project is a bit of a missed opportunity. Basically it just sounds too well-considered, too much like a hommage or a stylistic exercise, rather than the product of a brilliant composer with a vision.
I'm not saying this project is without any merits though. A bit like the latest couple of Air albums, 'Rome' is full of soft & easy going music, not really rewarding for intense listening, but great for harmless & enjoyable background music.
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