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.

Actually, make that three moustaches. I stand corrected.

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