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  • Audio CD (16 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B004E0Z4XK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Some five years in the making, the conception of Rome actually dates back even further, to the 2004 meeting of Brian Burton a/k/a Danger Mouse and Italian composer/arranger Daniele Luppi. Burton was emerging from the aftermath of the media storm around his Grey Album and beginning work on Gorillaz now multi-platinum and Grammy winning Demon Days. Luppi was amassing acclaim for his album An Italian Story, which paid tribute to the cinematic sounds that shaped his childhood, while writing music for the screen (Sex In The City, Nine, etc.) and soon thereafter contributing arrangements to Burton projects including Gnarls Barkley, Dark Night of the Soul and Broken Bells.

United in their shared passion for classic Italian film music, Burton and Luppi have created a record like no other: Intense songwriting periods both together and apart and travels to Rome during which Luppi reunited for the first time in decades original musicians from the scores of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West including the legendary Marc 4 backing band and Alessandro Alessandroni's 'I Cantori Moderni' choir laid the groundwork. Recording took place in Rome's cavernous Forum Studios formerly Ortophonic Studios, founded, amongst others, by the great Ennio Morricone -- employing vintage equipment, for which Burton and Luppi would pay with bottles of wine, and making every effort to replicate the recording practices of the 1960s/70s golden age, recording live to tape, with no electronics, computers or 21st-century effects.

Crucial to the completion of Rome has been the enlistment of two lead vocalists who not only do justice to but complete the three songs each written for a man and a woman. While on tour with Gnarls Barkley, Burton met Jack White and a year later, White recorded his contributions The Rose With The Broken Neck, Two Against One and The World in Nashville. White s counterpart, in a revelatory turn, is Norah Jones, who flew to Burton s L.A. studio from New York to sing on Season's Trees, Black and Problem Queen.

With acclaimed director and photographer Chris Milk brought in as "Visual Director", half a decade of hard work and unstinting perfectionism would draw to a close as the album and package were completed.

From Rome's opening with soprano Edda Dell'Orso's dramatic voice (the same haunting vocal presence from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 44 years ago) gracing Theme of Rome to the closing strains of The World, Rome -- for all its cinematic qualities -- is not the soundtrack to an imaginary movie, but rather a complex, nuanced pop record rife with counterpoints of intensity and darkness as well as uplift and light. (Luppi calls it "a small window on human life, touching on love, death, happiness, desperation, and the visceral connection of a man and a woman".) It's an ambitious work with a uniquely modern sound achieved through traditional, vintage means. It is, above all, a fully realized album, perfectly formed and hauntingly beautiful.

Welcome to Rome.

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Never one to stand stylistically still for more than the length of a studio session, the only real thread tying Brian 'Danger Mouse' Burton's career together is his unending striving to reach the outer limits of contemporary pop. Offering the world game-changing bootleg hip hop, the best Gorillaz album yet and effortless hitmakers Gnarls Barkley weren't his only outlets, though. The Los Angeles super-producer was concurrently hard at work with this five-year labour of love, alongside Italian composer Daniele Luppi, Burton's arranger on several past projects.

Entitled Rome after the album's city of inception, it could equally be named Spaghetti Western Soundtracks Updated, such is the influence of those evocative sounds. Neither of the duo have attempted to hide such links, either: not only did they decamp to studios formerly used by Ennio Morricone, but Luppi pulled off something of a coup in reuniting the original players from Once Upon a Time in the West and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Far from merely retreading the past, mercifully, the fiercely analogue results take on a sophisticated dimension of their own.

Two recurring guest vocalists characterise Rome, with yin and yang effect. Whatever you make of the man, Jack White has already proved himself a versatile performer way beyond The White Stripes' four-legged blues shuffle. And he adds another string to that particular bow with several earnestly fragile lead vocals never better than on the delicate The Rose With the Broken Neck.

MOR popstress Norah Jones is a less-expected inclusion, despite previously marking her card as a part-time left-leaner by lending moderately sultry tones to work by Mike Patton. There is no such unlikely experimentalist form here, sadly. Where White adds a ghostly otherworldliness perfectly suiting the atmosphere, Jones's contributions are relatively nondescript. This is particularly clear on Black, the irony not lost that the track is the polar opposite of her male co-lead in every regard. Take a finger to your fast-forward button, however, and without Jones' handful of mediocre performances, Rome breezes past with all the tinkling, indefinable intent of a lost Michel Gondry film score.

--Adam Kennedy

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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 Barkley and worked with the illustrious likes of Damon Albarn, Mark Linkous, Beck, David Lynch and, most recently, U2, all seemingly without breaking a sweat. However, his latest work has definitely been a labour of love, and an entirely self-funded one at that (hopefully the paycheck from Bono will help redress the deficit).
"Rome" is Burton's loyal and luscious tribute to the works of spaghetti western composers such as Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai and Luis Bacalov, whose music he first encountered as a film student. He has sampled snippets of their soundtracks along the way on Gnarls Barkley tracks, but here he gets to indulge that passion on what he is happy to own as a vanity project, complete with its own "visual director".
His co-conspirator, the dapper Italian film and TV composer Daniele Luppi, was practically weaned on those soundtracks. The pair bonded over this shared infatuation when they first met and Luppi has subsequently worked on arrangements for most of Burton's projects, including last year's "Dark Night Of The Soul".
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A short and sweet production which, at thirty-five minutes, doesn't seem at first glance to deserve all the hype surrounding it. However, the artistry that has gone into producing this album, a very modern homage to the best spaghetti-western soundtracks, makes it well worth buying. Norah Jones and Jack White provide throaty, sensual vocals for about half of the tracks, but the real stars here are the instruments. The album is sustained by beautiful strings, soft percussion and gently chirruping electronic additions that compliment the orchestra rather than reducing it to techno rubbish. Despite some very slick production the music retains a rawness which is a pleasure to listen to. This is clearly a labour of love, and after two listens I remain completely bowled over by it.
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I came across this album after Googling to find out what the song was in the new TV trailer for Emmerdale. I don't watch the soap but found the music in the trailer to be so haunting and mesmerising. The track is 'Black' with vocals by Norah Jones and after downloading this I decided to listen to the rest of the tracks on You Tube. They are all equally good, many of them instrumentals that are relaxing, haunting and atmospheric. I've now downloaded the whole album which although quite short at approx. 35mins, doesn't give you time to get bored with the music like a lot of other albums do. I can see me listening to this a lot as I lounge around the pool on holiday!
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Bought this after tracking down the song on it that featured on the trailer for the emmerdale funfair disaster. The track and the album is gorgeous and sounds gothic with traits of an Italian vibe. Sublime. There are instrumental tracks interspersed with vocals from norah Jones and Jack white. Definitely worth adding to your CD collection.
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I will not attempt to deconstruct the album, the musicians or anything else. Suffice to say that this is an incredible album. There are not many these days which persuade me to buy the CD as well as listen to the album on Spotify, but this is one of them. In the last year the only other band that's had the same effect on me is the Neil Cowley Trio, which should give you an idea of how highly I rate "Rome".

Listen to it. I dare you not to love it.
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I absolutely love this album and cannot stop listening to it.I know it's short,but I find it so addictive that I drive everyone mad in the car playing it over and over again! Gorgeous music,just can't get enough.
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Brilliant! At first I fell into the trap of just listening to the White/Jones tracks (which are cracking) but after repeated listenings I've decided the whole thing is beautifully crafted. You've just got to let those big harmonies fill you up and imagine the forthcoming mexican standoff.
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I caught some of the buzz around this album when it was new, but got really intrigued when I heard some of it playing in a local music shop. The vinyl has that fairly common slight tattiness to the actual disc, but it plays great and has a lovely warm bass to it. I've not yet compared to digital, so can't comment on relative compression/eq.
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