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By Brian Mansfield, Edna Gundersen, Jerry Shriver and Steve Jones, USA TODAYApril 30, 2012
A collaboration with Gnarls Barkley's Danger Mouse and an album full of heartbreak-inspired songs bring a noirish, sometimes sinister edge to Jones' understated pop-jazz. Even peppy tunes like Happy Pills mask dark intent, and the ones that follow through on the spaghetti-Western influence of their work together on last year's Rome album offer unexpectedly shivery thrills.
Soundgarden's heavy psychedelic shredder Live to Rise, the band's first new song in 15 years, is the incredible hulk on this all-star soundtrack for the all-star superhero movie The Avengers. There's more to recommend on the 14-track collection, including a bold remix of Evanescence's New Way to Bleed, Shinedown's potent I'm Alive and hard-rocking Count Me Out, the debut by PusherJones, the Gorillaz-like cartoon band conceived by Velvet Revolver's Dave Kushner and The Simpsons' creative director Dave Warren.
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