Broken Bells (album)

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Broken Bells
Studio album by Broken Bells
Released March 9, 2010 (2010-03-09)
Recorded Mondo Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank, CA (strings)
Genre Indie rock, space rock, alternative rock
Length 37:30
Label Columbia
Producer Danger Mouse
Broken Bells chronology
Broken Bells
(2010)
Meyrin Fields
(2011)
Singles from Broken Bells
  1. "The High Road"
    Released: December 21, 2009
  2. "The Ghost Inside"
    Released: June 28, 2010
  3. "October"
    Released: August 16, 2010
  4. "The Ghost Inside/Meyrin Fields"
    Released: October 25, 2010
  5. "Vaporize (US)"
    Released: January 25, 2011[1]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
A.V. Club B–[4]
Drowned in Sound (9/10)[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
idobi 4.5/5 stars[8]
The Independent 4/5 stars[9]
Now 3/5 stars[10]
NME (7/10)[11]
Paste (7.0/10)[12]
Pitchfork Media (7.2/10)[13]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[14]
Q Magazine 3/5 stars[15]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[16]
Spin 3/5 stars[17]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) [18]

Broken Bells is the self-titled debut album from Broken Bells, consisting of James Mercer of indie rock band The Shins with producer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse), and was released on March 9, 2010.

In 2011 Broken Bells was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards.

Release[edit]

In addition to the standard edition of the album, a deluxe version was released, designed as a music box. When opened, it played a track titled "The Overture," which wasn't included on the album. The box also contained stickers, posters, lobby cards and a leather book.[19]

Promotion[edit]

The first single from the album, The High Road, was offered as a free download from the band's website on December 21, 2009, before being officially released on December 22, 2009.[20]

The music video for "The Ghost Inside" featured actress Christina Hendricks and was inspired by 1970s science fiction and the "Golden Age of Hollywood".[21]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by James Mercer and Brian Burton.

No. Title Length
1. "The High Road"   3:52
2. "Vaporize"   3:30
3. "Your Head Is on Fire"   3:04
4. "The Ghost Inside"   3:19
5. "Sailing to Nowhere"   3:46
6. "Trap Doors"   3:19
7. "Citizen"   4:29
8. "October"   3:40
9. "Mongrel Heart"   4:24
10. "The Mall & Misery"   4:07
Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
11. "An Easy Life"   2:44
  • Instrumental version appeared as a B-side of "The High Road" single.
  • Vocal version found through iTunes LP version.
  • Extra track "Meyrin Fields" appeared as a B-side of "The Ghost Inside" single.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[22] 20
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[23] 46
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[24] 72
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[25] 57
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[26] 16
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[27] 14
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[28] 35
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[29] 41
French Albums (SNEP)[30] 88
German Albums (Media Control)[31] 67
Greek Albums (IFPI)[32] 25
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[33] 36
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[34] 40
UK Albums (OCC)[35] 47
US Billboard 200[36] 7
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[37] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[38] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Billboard 200 126[39]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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