Album: Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi, Rome (Parlophone)

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Rome is a labour of love for Gnarls Barkley's Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi.

Inspired by their love of spaghetti westerns, the project involves many surviving musicians from those classic soundtracks, and works marvellously as the score for a film that was never made. With guests such as Jack White and a surprisingly bearable Norah Jones, Rome makes a fine fist of recreating the elegance of prime 1960s Euro-pop. All good, no bad, and never ugly.