Broken Bells - After The Disco

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"Floating lightweight falsetto over a slow-ripple groove and air-brushing the whole vehicle with sparkling sonics." — SPIN

"Psychedelic-funk that finds James Mercer honing his falsetto skills." — Rolling Stone

2014 sophomore album from the musical partnership comprising Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer (The Shins). The duo's Grammy-nominated debut album, Broken Bells, reached the Billboard Top 10 in its release week and to date has sold more than 450,000 albums worldwide. After The Disco features the first single. "Holding On To Life."

After The Disco was recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2013 and is produced by Danger Mouse. At times, Broken Bells' self-titled debut was so hazy that it felt like it was about to dissipate in a cloud of wry West Coast melancholy, but on After the Disco, James Mercer and Brian Burton give that atmosphere a little more form, writes reviewer Heather Phares for

Building on previous highlights like "The Ghost Inside" and "The High Road," the pair dive deeper into their synth pop, new wave, and disco fascinations to soundtrack songs that, as the album title suggests, are filled with comedowns and disappointments. Former single and standout track "Holding on for Life" uses its slow-motion disco beat and eerie keyboards to underscore the emptiness lurking in lyrics like "what a lovely day to be lonely," cultivating a mood that falls somewhere between desperate and glamorous. As always in Broken Bells' world, there's a fine line between bittersweet and bummed out; while these aren't the easiest moods to make appealing, Burton and Mercer succeed when they bring some energy to the proceedings. "Medicine" bolsters its contemplative sighs with spiky, percussive pop that recalls Gotye, while "No Matter What You're Told" gives some brassy bite to its blasé cynicism. Here and on songs like "Lazy Wonderland," which sells the merits of watching the wheels go round and round with some alluring major-minor chord changes, After the Disco feels like a much more organic and satisfying blend of Mercer and Burton's respective strengths than Broken Bells did.

Side 1
Perfect World
After The Disco
Holding On For Life
Leave It Alone
The Changing Lights

Side 2
Lazy Wonderland
No Matter What You’re Told
The Angel and the Fool
The Remains of Rock & Roll

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