Reviews in 200 Words

Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi (featuring Jack White & Norah Jones), Preview of "Rome"

In Album (preview) on May 11, 2011 at 11:06 am
This album takes its time; in fact, it’s way more than an album, but that’s not surprising for Danger Mouse. Everything he does is a crazy collaboration that doesn’t seem like it should work as well as it does. I mean, Jack White and Norah Jones with Danger Mouse? Of course you want that to work, so when it does, it’s like a perfect first date–kiss and all. This project, that combines five years of work by the Italian composer Daniele Luppi and producer/composer Danger Mouse (along with several other key players), is just like observing an orchestra and a jazz club, and an opera–timeless in so many ways. It’s vintage and fresh without being at all copycat–somehow, none of these huge players takes over. Each is allowed to shine just enough–this thing is a meal. A really well-balanced collection of short-stories. So damn classy. If you don’t know enough about Danger Mouse, go back to “The Grey Album,” because what you’ll discover is that this guy is a musical genius–he always has been–and, it seems, he will always be raising the bar, just above whatever holds the bar in place.
-Micah Ling

NPR: First Listen

Click here to download this week’s official Beat Jab Podcast. This week Jay Cullis checks out Danger Mouse and his collaborations. 


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