Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi
Rome - Capitol
FILTER Grade: 88%
By A.D. Amorosi on May 17, 2011
With Norah Jones (getting more adventuresome with age), Jack White and session players from soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone’s stable, Danger Mouse teams with another unlikely candidate for collaboration on this subtly soaring score to an expressionist movie sadly left unlensed. Luppi carries the talent to become this generation’s Morricone and with composer D-Mouse, a holy alliance was born to worship at the altar of spaghetti Western–inspired grandeur. With that, there are smaller moments like softly-spun webs of psychedelic pop (“The Rose with the Broken Neck,” starring White) and slow strobe-flashing cabaret (“Problem Queen” with Jones) to go with the pair’s swaying noir interludes. While jazzy cymbal-riding moments like “Roman Blue” burst with the live computerless vibe the pair was going for, the sound of soprano Edda Dell’Orso’s vocals (fans of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, take note) on “Theme of Rome” remind listeners why we’re gathered and just how gifted an idealist the Mouse is. Bravo.