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Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi


Will Hermes May 31, 2011
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It’s nice when dreams come true, and even better when the person has dreamed big. Superproducer Danger Mouse has for years been talking privately about a project inspired by 1960s-70s Italian film scores, and he didn’t cut corners: He and co-composer Daniele Luppi booked a studio in Rome co-founded by Ennio Morricone, and reconvened the soundtrack guru’s key musicians. Rome opens on the tumbleweedy voice of 76-year-old Edda Dell’Orso, who sang the haunting operatic vowels around Clint Eastwood in 1966’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It’s a 15-track score to a film that exists only in your head.

Co-stars Jack White and Norah Jones get three songs each. White is a ghostly high-plains drifter on ”˜The Rose With the Broken Neck’ and a self-loathing mercenary on ”˜Two Against One.’ Jones plays even more against type, conjuring a sultry Sicilian soul diva over Isaac Hayes-style strings on ”˜Season’s Trees,’ and awesomely declaring, “I’m the disease,” on ”˜Black.’ More vocal tracks would be nice, but Rome is as much about sublime instrumentals ”“ made of celesta, harpsichord, Hammond organ, strings, nasty funk guitar and those weird-ass choirs ”“ as lead singers, just as Sergio Leone’s great Westerns were as much about fantastic landscapes as acting. Just switch your cell to “vibrate” and enjoy the show.

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Key Tracks: ”˜The Rose With the Broken Neck,’ ”˜Black’

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