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I am going to go on record and say the latest album from James Mercer and Brian Burton aka. Danger Mouse, otherwise known to the masses as Broken Bells is the best album that I have heard so far in 2014. Yes, I know it is very early in the year, and of course other amazing albums will be released this year but there is something undeniable about an album with great grooves and strong melodies. After the Disco, the latest album from Broken Bells, due out this month, has all of that and is a cohesive sophomore effort from the talented duo. Danger Mouse has been making profound music since his inception on the scene with The Grey Album, his brilliant mashup of Jay Z’s The Black Album and the Beatles White Album. Ever since then he has been a co-member of the succesful duo Gnarls Barkley with Cee-Lo Green, and produced albums for the Black Keys, Beck, and Norah Jones just to name a few. He is one of the top producers in music right now and just has that instant knack for making music with soul that sounds retro yet current.  James Mercer is the lead singer for the Shins. He has one of the most beautiful and distinct voices in all of music, in my opinion. He is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter who has written some of my favorite records. (“Caring is Creepy,” “New Slang,” “Saint Simon”) Combine these two mega talents together and you have the recipe for success. Their self-titled debut album was an impressive piece of work. The album was a little left of center in its sound and direction. But it was a very cool project that showcased both of these musicians creative talents.  I was very excited for the release of After the Disco. I was lucky to get my hands on an advanced copy of the album and I absolutely love it. Especially the title track which is today’s SOTD. “After the Disco” is available on iTunes when you pre-order the album.  This song just makes me want to dance. It gives off that good feeling. Let me know if you agree. Enjoy “After the Disco” by Broken Bells.

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