Broken Bells If Broken Bells , the pairing of producer/Gnarls Barkley alum Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) and Shins frontman James Mercer is not quite as magical… Broken Bells If Broken Bells , the pairing of producer/Gnarls Barkley alum Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) and Shins frontman James Mercer is not quite as magical… 2010-03-09 Broken Bells Pop
Music Review

Broken Bells (2010)

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SAIL TO NOWHERE with Broken Bells
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 09, 2010; Lead Performance: Broken Bells; Genre: Pop

If Broken Bells, the pairing of producer/Gnarls Barkley alum Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) and Shins frontman James Mercer is not quite as magical as that of, say, peanut butter and jelly, it still makes for a subtly savory sonic morsel. Burton builds layered, twilit soundscapes for Mercer's pensive musings; these songs are the stuff of cloudy days and sleepless nights, and that's okay. B+

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Originally posted Mar 03, 2010 Published in issue #1093 Mar 12, 2010 Order article reprints
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