Broken Bells (album)

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Broken Bells
Broken Bells Cover.jpg
Studio album by Broken Bells
Released March 9, 2010 (2010-03-09)
Recorded 2009-2010, 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.

Background[edit]

After forming in 2009, Broken Bells released their eponymous debut studio album, Broken Bells, in March 2010. Released to positive critical reception, Broken Bells was a success critically and commercially, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Billboard album chart,[19] and appearing in the top 20 in Australia, Canada and Denmark. The album also appeared at #126 on the Billboard Hot 100 End-year chart for 2010. Two singles were released during the album's cycle. "The High Road", released in 2009 and featuring the Broken Bells track of the same name, peaked at #10 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, which is the highest peak by the band on the chart so far, and was certified Gold in Canada by Music Canada.[20] "The Ghost Inside", also featuring the eponymous Broken Bells track and "Meyrin Fields", was released in 2010. The band also released an extended play during the album's cycle in 2011, entitled Meyrin Fields.

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.[21]

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.[22]

The music video for "The Ghost Inside" featured actress Christina Hendricks and was inspired by 1970s science fiction and the "Golden Age of Hollywood".[23]

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)[24] 20
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[25] 46
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 72
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27] 57
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[28] 16
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[29] 14
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[30] 35
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[31] 41
French Albums (SNEP)[32] 88
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[33] 67
Greek Albums (IFPI)[34] 25
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[35] 36
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[36] 40
UK Albums (OCC)[37] 47
US Billboard 200[38] 7
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[39] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[40] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Billboard 200 126[41]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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