Album: Broken Bells, Broken Bells (Columbia)
Sunday 07 March 2010
Burton hops between musical collaborations the way other people change shoes, but this new venture with the Shins' James Mercer is, he tells us, a keeper.
This is a good thing: Burton saves Mercer from twee, while Mercer adds the pop punch Burton has been missing since his days with Gorillaz and Gnarls Barkley. When it works – as on "The High Road" and "The Ghost Inside" – it's an indie-electro-pop hybrid of every music you have ever loved, a sort of perkier and less po-faced Woodface-era Crowded House.
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