Broken Bells is the collaboration of Danger Mouse and Shins’ frontman James Mercer. This track - Mongrel Heart – is my new favorite. The beat is so good.
I’m a big Shins fan. The songwriting, the lyrics, the delivery, I really think they are master craftsmen. For this song, though, it’s not a matter of skill or delivery. I believe the lyrics work, but Mercer’s voice is just kind of high and peppy for me. It needs something a little more haunting. My feel on Danger Mouse is the opposite. I heard some of his solo work, and didn’t really catch the vibration. But his beats in this collaboration are magical. I can’t stop listening to this track.
I thank the Lord that my voice was record-able