Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"Naturally, Rome can't possibly exceed the sum of its parts, with its successful composer and arranger in Luppi, its groundbreaking producer and composer in Danger Mouse, countless combined years of orchestra experience, a painstaking recording process with vintage equipment, and the juxtaposition of White's fatalistic moan with Jones' coolly detached croon. It almost has to sound better on paper than in practice, but it's terrific in practice, too, as it alternates appropriately cinematic instrumentals with a handful of nifty showcases for its headliners... If it weren't for the unmistakably contemporary voices among its ranks — White's in particular — Rome could just as easily have emerged from a vault, sealed 40 or even 50 years ago. That's clearly the point: From start to finish, the album provides a timeless, arduously arranged backdrop to past generations' visions of panoramic vistas and blood-stained betrayals." -NPR
Rolling Stone (p.82) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "It's a 15-track score to a film that exists only in your head..."
Spin (p.70) - "[With] plush, lounge-soul sonics....ROME has the undeniably high-end vibe of an A-lister's lark."
Entertainment Weekly (p.70) - "They masterfully conjure up a love story fit for the silver screen -- shoot-outs and tumbleweeds included." -- Grade: A
Clash (magazine) - "[A] sophisticated and evocative album -- nostalgic in inspiration, but thoroughly modern..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.85) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The results are pleasant....The Marc 4 backing band add a twang to 'The Matador Has Fallen' and 'Morning Fog.'"
Audio Mixers: Danger Mouse; Daniele Luppi; Fabio Patrignani.
Recording information: Blackbird Studio, Nashville, TN; Forum Music Village, Rome, Italy; Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank, CA.
Arrangers: Danger Mouse; Daniele Luppi.
Five years in the making, Rome, the producer extraordinaire's pet project with Daniele Luppi, is inspired by Italian film scores from the 1960s and features guest vocalists Norah Jones and Jack White.