Review: From the opening guttural bass guitars, shrill riffs, send and return vocal and reversed-out harmonies on "Pantomima", it's clear this record is going to be inescapably powerful. Just the second studio LP from Greg Dulli as a soloist, his storied history as founding member of The Twilight Singers and Backbeat Band, not to mention collaborations with everyone from Foo Fighters to Low Fidelity Allstars, shines through. Precision perfect songwriting, innovative instrumentation, universal appeal and anything but predictable. Terms like "whisky soaked", "all-American rock" and "heart-on-sleeve", apply, but there's breadth and scope too. "Marry Me" threatens to tear your ticker out and stamp on it, albeit with soft acoustic confessions. "Scorpio" takes us into near-operatic levels of balladry. "Sempre" is a rousing anthem that should be riding its steel horse to the top of charts, "Lockless" throws in a lo-fi drum machine curveball. A master at work.
Review: Karen O and Danger Mouse are both serial collaborators, so when this joint album was announced we weren't all that surprised. Even so, we never thought the resultant set would be quite as good as this. Atmospheric, rich and full of songs that variously touch on sweeping cinematic soundtracks, driving Motown soul, fuzzy funk-rock, vintage trip-hop and hazy electronica, "Lux Prima" manages to showcase the best of both artists' talents while refusing to settle on one neatly defined sound. The set's dizzying highs - particularly the near 10-minute title track - are almost breathtakingly good, and there's enough jaunty moments to offset the heart-aching melancholy and emotional pain that's barely concealed throughout.