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Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - Two Against One (Ft. Jack White)
May 09, 2011
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21 times
Sounds like: La Yellow, Cinemaphonic
Why do we like this?
Recorded over nearly five years in an entombed catacomb in the ancient city, Rome is an absolute tour de force that lives up to all the hype. Far and away the best album of the year to this point, Danger Mouse and Danielle Luppi, along with Jack White and Norah Jones, present a dream-like soundtrack to a lost classic Spaghetti Western.

Danger Mouse did an expert job of selecting his cast. He could not have picked anybody better to handle this project. Norah's voice has never been more sultry, and the way Jack sings makes you feel like he's got a gun pointed at you underneath the table (check out "Two Against One"). Calling on Italian-born composer Daniele Luppi (who worked on Gnarls Barkley's St. Elsewhere, John Legend's Once Again , and countless film scores) along with the original musicians who recorded the actual soundtracks decades ago, adds a level of sonic authenticity that shines through.

I've described Brian Burton's work before as common sense genius. On Rome, he displays this again with a lean 35 minutes. The album plays beautifully from start to finish, ebbing and building, expertly duplicating the vibe of the classic Italian films. Short interludes work as excellent predecessors to set the mood for each song, as transisitons between scenes creates a cohesive masterpiece. This album gave me the chills and sent shivers down my spine on the first listen; it brilliantly captures the anxiety and anticipation inherent to the Spaghetti Western.

Exotic yet accessible, Rome feels like a vintage piece of cinematic musical noir. An excellent concept, brilliantly executed, all this soundtrack needs is a film. Is Tarantino available?
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