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- Posted on Mar 17th 2010 11:59PM by Mike Ayers
As it turns out, great. The sheen sound of Broken Bells' self-titled album utilized the sound wizardry of Danger Mouse's extensive production knowledge, but the acoustics of a low-cindered structure wouldn't necessarily provide the control they're probably used to. They made the most of the situation by treating the crowd to an album's worth of a set, opening up with 'The High Road.' Mercer seemed a bit skeptical at first with the location, but quickly eased in and turned out great vocals on 'Vaporize' and on the falsetto-heavy song, 'The Ghost Inside.'
Highlights of the set included the ballad 'Sailing to Nowhere' and the Beach Boys-inspired drippy psych-pop of 'Your Head Is on Fire.' While most Broken Bells' tunes draw from a myriad of classic soul and '60s pop influences, this was one of the afternoon's moments where the band felt they hit their stride. 'Fire' was the third song in, the kinks had been worked out and the shifting tempos worked to showcase the strengths of Mercer's vocals and Danger Mouse's rhythmic knowledge. Even though Mercer kept quiet during the song breaks, Broken Bells didn't need to say anything -- the crowd knew they were watching Broken Bells in a parking garage, a rare treat indeed. Check out exclusive video from the performance below.