Broken Bells "Meyrin Fields EP" (Columbia)
A year after releasing its acclaimed self-titled debut, Broken Bells scares up nearly 12 more minutes of music for the “Meyrin Fields EP.” The four tracks may be lowly castaways from the debut (code words “previously unreleased”), but the EP is bound to excite the band’s legions of fans. Broken Bells is James Mercer of The Shins and Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse)—a duo that, in the minds of many, could do no wrong sonically or commercially. Personally—with each musician pulling from the same respective bag of tricks—I’m unamused. (JCC)
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For their seventh studio album, Lift a Sail, Yellowcard had a simple but ambitious goal: to outdo everything they’d ever done before. The guitars and drums had to hit harder; the songwriting had to cut deeper; the choruses had to reach heights only hinted at on their previous outings. Frontman Ryan Key believes he and his bandmates—guitarist Ryan Mendez, violinist Sean Mackin, bassist Josh Portman and guest drummer Nate Young (Anberlin)—succeeded on all those fronts. “We really feel like we got where we wanted to be, and made a proper rock ‘n’ roll record,” Key says proudly.
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