Broken Bells “After the Disco”

Second album from the collaboration between James Mercer (The Shins) and Brian Burton (Danger Mouse/producer de-jour). What “After the Disco” lacks in originality, it more than makes up for with velvety indie-pop production and swathes of melancholy. Mercer delivers a credible falsetto on a few of the tracks while Burton keeps things moving nicely with a dense yet silky sonic backdrop. The album track sequencing could be better (a little front-loaded), but the bottom line: a very satisfying listen. 8/10

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