[My Gang] Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - The World : Reco of the Week 10 May 11

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10. Mai. 2011, 17:50

Track: The World [Soundcloud]
Artist: Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
Album: Rome (16 May 2011, EMI)
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YouTube, Rome trailer


Oblivious to hype as ever, when I first heard this track and then the album, I thought I was listening to an original soundtrack. This track in particular, The World, has end credits written all over it.

'The World' features Jack White and closes the five year project, the album Rome.

The project between producer Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi was to create an album inspired by Ennio Morricone's music for spaghetti westerns, staying as close as possible to the original 60s/70s music. They recorded on analogue tape and used vintage equipment, recording the album at Rome's Forum Studios, formerly Ortophonic Studios, a converted church and founded amongst others by Morricone. Some of the musicians who recorded on Once Upon a Time in the West and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly were enlisted, as was the soprano singer Edda Dell'Orso who contributed to the music for 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'. Further, they brought in Cantori Moderni, the choir put together by Alessandro Alessandroni for 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'.
Daniele Luppi: It was really the dream to reunite the Cantori Moderni 40 years later. It was a choir put together by Alessandro Alessandroni – think about the Sergio Leone movies, the Morricone soundtracks with those beautiful soprano melodies. Alessandroni was not only the choirmaster, but his whistle is all over those movies. It makes a sound that you could not put together with other singers. [Source: The Guardian]
Jack White was invited to write the lyrics and appears on The Rose with the Broken Neck, Two Against One, and The World. Norah Jones was brought in later for the female vocals (Season's Trees, Black, and Problem Queen). The video (above) explains more.



The result is a mix of old and new. The authenticity of the sound and feel is undoubtable, but to fully appreciate this album, you need to love the work of both Morricone and modern trip-hop. Online, there is much criticism for the 'weaker' tracks, performed by Norah Jones, complaints being that they don't measure up. I don't think it's that so much as you need to expand your mind and take in Morricone via Massive Attack. Listen to Norah Jones as you might Emiliana Torrini and it all falls into place.

Fans of 'The Good, The Bad and the Ugly' trilogy and Morricone's music for them are ecstatic, as are fans of Danger Mouse, who turns everything he touches to gold. Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi have found the right blend of contemporary classical, 60s lounge jazz and 60s/70s sensual pop. It's cinematic in sound and feel throughout, sprawling and expansive, crossing over to modern trip-hop and back again. Norah Jones is unrecognisable as the breathy 70s songstress and Jack White, too, introduces qualities in his vocals we haven't heard yet. As an exercise, the project is a triumph.



'The World' was the first track I heard and the one I keep playing on repeat, making it an obvious choice for this week's article. The most striking thing about the track is Jack White's stretched, strained high vocal, tuneful and passionate. Surrounding that is every gorgeousness from a spaghetti western, the choir, the modern psychedelic 60s organ and the distant bell. In contrast to the darkness and melancholy of the rest of the album, 'The World' is brighter and more upbeat, dancey even. It maintains the sultry heat of the previous tracks and the themes of love, death and happiness, wrapping things up with a feeling of hope. The only downside is it is a little repetitive, but as end credits to a film, it would work.

The album is out next week and is streaming on the sites listed below.

Rolling Stone - listen now
NPR - first listen
The Guardian - full stream


Further reading:

http://romealbum.com/ - official site
BBC review
Wikipedia - Rome (album)
Pitchfork - Danger Mouse/Jack White Project Details Unveiled
The Guardian - Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi: how we built Rome, 8 November 2010
NOWNESS - exclusive interview
prefix mag - Danger Mouse To Release Ennio Morricone Homage with Daniele Luppi, Jack White, Norah Jones, Nov 29 2010
IMDB: music recorded at Forum Studios, Rome



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  • rwitte

    The track is fantastic and does have a very strong Morricone influence. Actually, Morricone's instrumentals are, in my opinion, stronger than his songs. The similarity to Massive Attack is more tenuous, although it is an interesting idea. Thanks, for a smashing read.

    11. Mai. 2011, 9:04
  • Babs_05

    Thanks, rwitte. I didn't say there was a similarity to Massive Attack, I said in order to appreciate the 'weaker' tracks, you need to get your head round trip-hop, because they're leaning in that direction, away from Morricone. I assumed people were disappointed in them because they weren't Morricone enough. Thanks for the comment.

    11. Mai. 2011, 12:44
  • fastlane01

    It's a very nice record, and the article (plus the links, esp. The Guardian one) sum it up well,

    18. Mai. 2011, 16:58
  • Babs_05

    Thanks for the comment, fastland01.

    18. Mai. 2011, 17:03
  • rwitte

    We7 just posted the album this week :)

    19. Mai. 2011, 10:36
  • tburny

    Great song babs!

    1. Jul. 2011, 21:58
  • Babs_05

    thanks, tburny :)

    1. Jul. 2011, 21:59
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