Album: Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi, Rome (Parlophone)
Friday 13 May 2011
Pop's Renaissance Man adds yet another string to his bow with Rome, a collaboration with the Italian screen-music writer Daniele Luppi triggered by their shared love for Italian movie music.
Newly-written tracks such as "The Gambling Priest" and "Morning Fog" are pregnant with latent drama, which the musicians – the now largely retired original session crew that played on Morricone's spaghetti-Western scores – realise with typical aplomb. Harpsichord, twangy guitar, lush strings and vivid percussion are liberally used, while the distinctive wordless falsetto of Edda Dell'Orso offers another link with Sergio Leone. Norah Jones and Jack White sing on three tracks apiece, respectively languid and predatory, the end result being a short but perfectly-formed portal to a different state of musical mind.
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