Broken Bells – After the Disco

James Mercer from The Shins and producer Danger Mouse release their second album as Broken Bells. What makes After the Disco different than their self-titled debut is now Broken Bells sound like their own band rather than a Shins album produced by Danger Mouse. It opens with the excellent six minute opening track “Perfect World”, followed by the two catchy singles “Holding On For Life” and “After the Disco”. Also on the album are some possible future singles “Medicine” and “No Matter What You’re Told” as well some good slower songs like “Leave It Alone” and “The Angel and The Fool” that will please fans of The Shins. A good album overall and I can see Broken Bells being a successful second band for James Mercer much like Gorillaz has been for Damon Albarn.

RIYL: The Shins, MGMT

Play: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10

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