On Record: Pop, Rock And Jazz, March 17 | Culture
The Sunday Times,
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
KAREN O AND DANGER MOUSE
One of the most iconic voices of the century so far, coupled with a producer of pigeonhole-defying genius, with credits including Adele, Gorillaz, the Black Keys, Beck and Gnarls Barkley: talk about a dream team. Andso it proves on a beautiful, bracingly odd album from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer and the man born Brian Burton. Bookended by two songs — the title track and Nox Lumina — that clock in at just over nine and six minutes respectively, the nine-track collaboration journeys far and wide, from funereal Motown to arch Gallic pop, slinky disco to screeching, squally noise rock.
Burton fashions a sonic architecture that suggests either obsessive sampling or expert homage, or both. Apart from…