Song of the Day #2,183: ‘Control’ – Broken Bells

broken_bells_after_the_discoThis has been a slow year for new music, so far. Or at least for new albums that have crossed my particular radar.

Over on the right-hand side of the page, you’ll see the six albums I’ve bought this year and how I rank them. Two I’ve already written about (Shakira’s Shakira and Beck’s Morning Phase) and the rest I will cover this week.

Broken Bells is a side project of Danger Mouse, the producer who is probably best-known for his work with Cee-Lo Green as Gnarls Barkley, and James Mercer, the singer-songwriter behind The Shins.

After the Disco is their second full-length collaboration and the first album of theirs I’ve heard.

As a big Shins fan, this is right up my alley. Mercer handles all of the lead vocals and his stamp is all over the songwriting. Danger Mouse adds a sonic sheen that fits Mercer’s style well. The whole album has a sleek, sexy sheen appropriate to the era its title evokes.

That said, I haven’t latched onto this album the way I have to The Shins’ last few records. I enjoy it quite a bit when I hear it, but I don’t feel the need to hit repeat. I guess that’s the difference between a B and an A, or a 3 vs. a 4-star review.

[Verse 1]
Well, it started as a game
Using pleasure, using pain
We got higher and higher that way
But it didn’t work today
Even though it felt so right
Nothing’s permanent in life
So it’s useless to hold on so tight

You gotta give it up, give it up, give it up, ohh
Give it up, give it up, ohh
Give it up, give it up
You lost control cause nothing stays around too long

[Verse 2]
So now everything has changed
And your heart spread, rearranged
Until nothing we’ve known here remains
And you say you shouldn’t stay
As you’re taking off your clothes
You think it’s loving, I suppose
It’s just you endlessly needing control


Nothing stays around too long
Nothing stays around too long
You lost control
You gotta give it up


2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,183: ‘Control’ – Broken Bells

  1. Dana says:

    Perhaps Danger Mouse didn’t make this quite dangerous/edgy enough to inspire repeated listening? This song is okay, but not so memorable.

  2. Amy says:

    Why does this need to be a “side project,” I wonder. Can’t Danger Mouse just produce the next album by the Shins? Regardless, this song is enjoyable enough.

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