• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Mar 9, 2010
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 76
  2. Negative: 3 out of 76

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  1. Sep 19, 2012
    9
    Broken Bells is an album born from the collaboration of The Shins
  2. Michael
    Mar 9, 2010
    10
    Absolutely brilliant! Danger Mouse and James Mercer have created something unique and fantastic. This is the year's best album so far.
  3. RichardM
    Mar 17, 2010
    9
    This album is a fantastic mix of chilled pop melodies with brilliantly addictive lyrics. The songs are simple, but it is this simplicity that gives the album such a great all round feel. Danger Mouse's genius is heard more and more every time you listen. The album barely gets boring and becomes lovingly addictive.
  4. MDB
    Mar 11, 2010
    9
    Best album of the year so far. Sounds like a cross between Shins & Gorillaz, if that makes any sense. Critics like experimental music over anything with melody? That is unfortunate, this is an excellent listen with a cool vibe.
  5. Dec 6, 2013
    9
    This is much better than the score suggests. Innovative, catchy, haunting. An excellent debut from Mercer and Burton. These two have an incredible chemistry. Mercer's brilliant melodies and Burton's grooves matched together is nirvana.
  6. Feb 9, 2014
    10
    Beautifully varied music. The combination of the Danger Mouse groove and Mercer's voice makes for a perfect album. Some songs are chilling and others are amazingly catchy. It's perfect.
  7. Sep 25, 2013
    9
    Broken Bells' self-titled first release drags you in with singles like "The High Road" and "The Ghost Inside" but keeps you around after multiple listens with a very strong B side starting with Trap Doors. James Mercer strays from the Shins to create something very different with Danger Mouse. James does a spectacular job with the vocal melodies and arrangements. This album has no weakBroken Bells' self-titled first release drags you in with singles like "The High Road" and "The Ghost Inside" but keeps you around after multiple listens with a very strong B side starting with Trap Doors. James Mercer strays from the Shins to create something very different with Danger Mouse. James does a spectacular job with the vocal melodies and arrangements. This album has no weak songs and can be and should be listened to straight through, great to spin. Expand
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Broken Bells is an honest-to-goodness debut album--there are as many promising flashes as frustrating moments here. Mercer and Burton have obvious chemistry, but they need to blend more for true alchemy.
  2. The album finishes almost as well as it started with 'The Mall & Misery' (a bit of country, a bit of disco, lightening bolts of new wave guitar, harmonies to intoxicate), proving the album's effective inevitability is not tedious and the quality is clear whichever direction you approach from.
  3. Broken Bells is the crown jewel of each musician's discography and is a necessity for fans of either one.