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Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome

Get past all the unusual particulars and what you are left with is a very pleasing aural experience. American producer Danger Mouse (Brian Joseph Burton) and Italian composer Daniele Luppi have combined their talents to pay homage to the Spaghetti Western soundtrack and it makes you wish Sergio Leone was still around to get behind that camera one last time to put images to these notes.


As is his usual modus operandi, DM has enlisted an eclectic array of guest talent and goes about getting performances from them that transcends the output from their regular nine to five. Have we ever heard Jack White so subdued or appealing (The Rose with the Broken Neck) or Norah Jones so sultry (Black)? Even the choir Alessandro Alessandroni put together for the soundtrack for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Cantori Moderni is reunited.

It all flows by so seamlessly that a lot of its virtues are often times overlooked. There is compositional invention; it’s just of the understated variety. The returning themes and melodic underpinnings grow by stature with each listen.

In your face it’s not but subtle and serene has a way of seeping into your mind in ways that find solid purchase. This is a work that will sound as appealing in the years to come as it does in the immediate.
Rob Hudson
www.dangermousesite.com




















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