May 9 2011
What would a classic film score sound like with out the film? Producer Danger Mouse, and composer Daniele Luppi attempted to answer that question with their Italian film score inspired album 'Rome'. With help from Jack White (White Stripes) and Norah Jones, Danger Mouse and Luppi managed to create a 21st century homage to the classic film scores that Ennio Morricone and others created and made so memorable in our pop culture. One of the most notable of those film scores was from the movie "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly," which became one of the symbols of the Spaghetti Western.
On the record, Danger Mouse and Luppi didn't recreate the sound of those classic film scores, but deconstructed the basic elements and re-constructed them into a modern and lush pop classics. The vocals from Jack White and Norah Jones added the missing piece to complete this 'experimental' album. At first, when I heard the concept of creating music inspired by the Italian film score using Jack White and Norah Jones, it seemed interesting, but I was very skeptical. After listening to the album, I can say my concerns were laid to rest. The only question is will this album break into the mainstream or would it remain forever a future underground classic? Listen to the entire album yourself courtesy of NPR Music and you be the judge.
My standout tracks are "Season's Trees" and "Two Against One."