Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome
May 15, 2011
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This album is what happens when you mix an award-winning producer, an Italian composer, a coffee machine and a DVD of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Unfortunately, Danger Mouse did not know this simplistic formula when creating his upcoming album –Rome – an album which is five years in the making. After six years of producing some of the best albums of the decade – think The Gorillaz, Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells and The Black Keys – Danger Mouse has finally found the time to do his own thing.
Combined with highly regarded Italian composer Daniele Luppi, and guest vocalists Jack White and Norah Jones, Rome is a complex, “spaghetti-western” inspired masterpiece. From the haunting female vocals on the opener Theme of Rome, through White’s iconic crooning on Two Against One and Jones’ soul-style resonance on Black, there is rarely a weak moment in the album. In fact, it is probably Black that best summarises the album. Do you remember back before Brokeback Mountain, when Cowboys were tough and cool? Well this song takes us back to those days. Combined with its interactive film clip (try it here, it’s quite interesting), Black evokes completely the loneliness and isolation that would be felt by a cowboy out in the desert.
Rome pays tribute to Ennio Morricone, the legendary Italian film composer who wrote the music for films like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and For a Few Dollars More. As influential as Morricone was to the western film genre, one feels that Danger Mouse will have more of an effect on the music industry.