Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - Rome

Morricone would be proud
'Rome' cover artwork
From the echoing strums and heavenly voice that introduce ‘Theme Of Rome’, it’s clear that Danger Mouse’s latest production is worlds apart from his previous collaborations. Together with Luppi, they’ve built a sophisticated and evocative album - nostalgic in inspiration, but thoroughly modern - owing a great debt to Morricone et al, that conjures up dusty vistas, sensual summer trysts, and heroic battles. In vocalists Jack White and Norah Jones, ‘Rome’ is gifted a dual personality - a dichotomy of paranoid and deranged angst (White is brimming in pyschosis in the quietly unhinged ‘Two Against One’) and enchanging danger - Jones is perfect as the femme fatale of ‘Black’: “No intent to repent”, she huskily intones.

It’s this stunning mix of characters that infuses ‘Rome’ with an international experience, each protagonist bringing to the table an appreciation for the project and a wealth of understanding. The musicians - retired Italian septaugenariens - provide a haunting backdrop: delicate acoustic guitars marry twanging electrics; swooping strings fall over rolling drums - all the while a celestial choir paint a golden glow over the whole scene. Though beholden to the grand genre of spaghetti westerns, this is not a soundtrack, however the visual qualities instilled within are redolent and real - we defy you to listen and not let your imagination run wild. With such grand ambitions achieved, great music produced, and a five year journey concluded and justified, Morricone would be proud: ‘Rome’ was well worth the wait.

8/10

Words by SIMON HARPER


Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi and their 'Rome' collaborators, Jack White and Norah Jones, feature on the cover of the current issue of Clash Magazine. Read our in-depth interviews with the quartet HERE.

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