Tag Archives: James Mercer

Broken Bells – After The Disco

The unlikely pairing of James Mercer and Brian Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) has yielded yet another understated album. Most partnerships of this ilk are very sink-or-swim, but this follow up to Mercer and Burton’s self-titled release, aptly named After The Disco, sees the pairing hit a nice, smooth breast-stroke.

With such prestigious previous work under their belts from their own projects, you could probably throw a lot of waffle around about how this doesn’t match up to the indie-cool of The Shins or that this is just another mainstream vessel for Burton. But that wouldn’t do justice to these guys as a band. With a second album release, there is obviously some intent from them to be seen as such, and so they must be judged as such.

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The Shins – Simple Song Review

For some it has been a long wait, for others, agonising. Finally The Shins are back with a new line-up and a slightly new direction.

The first single from their new album Port of Morrow is ‘Simple Song’. According to James Mercer it is a much more personal effort than their previous work. It still contains Mercers unique voice, like sunshine through black clouds.

Trademark wordsmith lyrics such as “My life in an upturned boat, marooned on a cliff, you brought me a great big flood, and gave me a lift” and “this is a simple song, to say what you’ve done” bring joy to the ears as Mercer sings the praises of his wife. Continue reading

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