Love, Italian style
Spring is bursting with new music and I’m like a kid in a candy store (make that HMV) these days, indulging in all these great tunes.
Top of my list is a record that actually isn’t out yet, but one I’ve been enjoying via NPR’s First Listen: Album Previews. It’s called Rome and it’s a collaboration between super duper producer Danger Mouse (Broken Bells, Gnarls Barkley) and Italian composer Daniele Luppi.
They’ve gotten together to pay homage, I guess you could say, to classic Ennio Morricone scores of the 1960s and ‘70s. Okay, yes, it sounds esoteric but what if I tell you they’ve also recruited Jack White and Norah Jones to contribute vocals on a half dozen tracks.
Okay now it sounds self-indulgent-y and primo pompous adult contemporary. But wait! What’s wrong with adult contemporary? I’m a parent. I don’t need or want to listen to Pitbull, and I’ll leave Lady Gaga to EO (‘nuff said). And when I say adult contemporary I’m not talking Matthew Morrison or Bruno Mars, nice guys I’m sure but Jack White would kick their scrawny a**es.
Imagine instead cool, mature music with a European vibe – European as in the après ski scene in Charade, not European as in tight jeans, male purses and thin moustaches.
I’ll have a sidecar, please, with a dash of Cary Grant. And the seduction scene will swell with Jack White’s sly vocals in “Two Against One”.
Vous pouvez me remercier plus tard.
Posted on May 12, 2011, in music, new music, pop culture, rock-n-roll and tagged adult contemporary, Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi, Ennio Morricone, Italian film soundtracks, Jack White, Norah Jones. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.