Today's entertainment goodies just keep on coming! In this week's music releases, a brand new collaboration is hitting the airwaves, alongside an album of previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix tracks. Hear my two cents, and then judge for yourself.
A perfect pairing:
Broken Bells is the collaborative side project of Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) and James Mercer. In their self-titled debut
, they break free of Gnarls Barkley and the Shins, creating a sound all their own. The result is a dreamily dizzying mix of electronic, synth, and organ that's sure to be a hit with indie pop lovers and disenchanted youth everywhere (as on the haunting "Vaporize"
where Mercer sings of "feeling lost"). Listen to it while contemplating your existence — or just do like "The Mall & Misery"
suggests and "let your mind go."
For a band that's a bunch of virtual characters, Gorillaz sure has a lot of friends. The group brings in everyone from Snoop Dogg to Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash for what's being called their environmental concept album, Plastic Beach
. As such, expect to hear themes of consumerism (as on "Superfast Jellyfish"
) and saving the planet (on "Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach"
). It's a nice idea, but the mix of artists and sounds — '80s electronic pop to a Lebanese orchestra — sometimes feels all over the place. Where mishmash really succeeds: on the ambitious (and my personal fave) "White Flag."
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