Meyrin Fields - Broken Bells
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  • Summary: The EP from the James Mercer and Brian Burton duo includes tracks not released on their self-titled album.
  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 83
    Burton builds layered, twilit soundscapes for Mercer's pensive musings; these songs are the stuff of cloudy days and sleepless nights, and that's okay.
  2. Apr 19, 2011
    70
    The combination of Mercer's lyrics and indie-boy-who-can-actually-sing vocals, paired with Danger Mouse's undeniable ear for awesome pop, means it's always going to be well above average. Very good, in fact. Occasionally great. It doesn't need to be anything else.
  3. Apr 22, 2011
    70
    Only two of the four songs are technically new, but quality is what counts here. Crunchy and distant but still endearing, the duo breaks down technology to make it sound breezy.
  4. Apr 14, 2011
    67
    This EP sounds like more than the sum of its parts. Maybe it's the realization that Gnarls Barkley will never top "Crazy" or that the Shins may never re-form, but there's an intriguing sense of desperation on these songs, as though both Mercer and Burton are realizing that this band could indeed be their lives.
  5. Apr 14, 2011
    60
    The songs appear to take chances--sweeping chord changes, symphonic progressions, darts into electronic sound--but there's little at stake.
  6. Apr 14, 2011
    60
    It's otherworldly but still heart-tugging.
  7. 40
    I'd like to hear Broken Bells at its strongest, not nestled into mediocrity.

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