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Broken Bells · Holding On For Life

"What a lovely day to be lonely." -- he says it so sweet

Finally more Broken Bells. The duo put out one of our favorite albums of 2010, back when we actually featured albums, and we’ve been wondering ever since if they’d come out with another.

Just a week or so back, Broken Bells teased us with a short (below) and now finally we get our first single. ‘Holding On For Life’ is a ghostly tune with Bee Gee like backups, but everything else is all Broken Bells signature. That familiar guitar strum, Mercer’s hauntingly good looking vocals, all with a slight build to keep it uplifting til the end.

Can’t wait to listen to the full album. I’m sure it’ll be good for many go arounds.

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Top Ten Albums of 2010

A whole new appreciation for this year's best

Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr Rager #1 Album of 2010
Black Sands #2 Album of 2010
Broken Bells #3 Album of 2010
Plastic Beach #4 Album of 2010
My Dark Twisted Fantasy #5 Album of 2010
The Lady Killer #6 Album of 2010
Safe in the Steep Cliffs #7 Album of 2010
The Preview by Chiddy Bang #8 Album of 2010
Glowing in the Darkest Night #9 Album of 2010
Relayted #10 Album of 2010

The Ghost Inside by Broken Bells

Move over Gorillaz, it's DangerShins!

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I’ve finally found some rock that isn’t 40 years old. Of course, though, it had to be by one of the most abundant underground hip hop producers today, Danger Mouse. Danger Mouse has worked on a number of different projects including Gnarls Barkley, DANGERDOOM, The Grey Album – one of the best mashup albums to date – and now, to top it all off, he’s collaborated with James Mercer of The Shins to form Broken Bells.

When first hearing of Broken Bells on hypem, I didn’t realize the two had collaborated at the time. After realizing it, I knew I had to check out the entire album. I’ve listened to the album a few times through and so far it’s prettay, prettay good. The group reminds me a lot of Gorillaz, that sort of electric-inspired alternative rock. I like this new style, but haven’t immersed myself in it enough (any other suggestions). The album had two songs in particular that stuck with me. Of course, they’re the two singles off the album, the first being “The High Road”, which I instantly fell in love with, and “The Ghost Inside”, which took some time but is steadily becoming my favorite.

The reason I chose to feature “The Ghost Inside” over the other favored track is because it has something that I can’t really explain… or maybe I just have more to talk about with this one (I’m sure ill feature the other some other time). What might be the reason I like this one so much is because it, in particular, reminds me a lot of the Gorillaz. It has some quirky vocals that grow on ya, and some unconventional, hip hop inspired instrumentals (a lot like the Gorillaz). One of the sounds actually reminds me of the sound that the black smoke makes in LOST. I probably just got LOST on the brain because the final episode is tomorrow! But just listen closely and I bet you’ll hear it too. Anyways, check it – tell me what ya think.

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