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Albert Hammond Jr. – GfC
Sometimes it can be very obvious when someone has a gift. If you listen to Albert Hammond Jr on GfC you'll recognize his. As on most of ¿Cómo Te Llama? , the Strokes front man massages beautiful strings and riffs out of his guitar in a way that could never be replicated in Guitar Hero. The harpy qualities of GfC's introduction are enough to sweep the nuances of the track into attention and then the chorus and Hammond's other gift – his voice - stir into overdrive. It's really a great track, especially when he stops his words and just lets the guitar sing over the drums and coos of the backing singers. Hammond cancelled his Australian tour on the day I was listening the shit out of this album, citing a throat infection. I felt bad, but when I think about it I'm pretty sure people would go even if he couldn't sing, as long as he could play guitar.
Beck – Gamma Ray
If Cee-Lo didn't have such a captivating voice would Danger Mouse still receive the same credit as a super producer as he does now? It didn't take him long to diversify from the soulful hip hop of Gnarls Barkley and Gemini's Ghetto Pop Life into the studios of The Black Keys and now Beck. I don't think we can assume it was for lack of opportunities. His effort on Modern Guilt is – for the most part – solid. It's an inquisitive clash between his minimal, noir rhythm styles and Beck's... all Beck's different styles. On the great songs, like Gamma Ray, the two produce music in perfect cohesion. Danger Mouse's beat and fuzzily riffed guitar plastic-wraps perfectly Beck's unique lyrical fashion and melodies. No bells and whistles, but it gets the job done nicely.
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