Review: Mark Ronson, ‘Record Collection’

Review: Mark Ronson, ‘Record Collection’: Aidin Vaziri | Best known for making British pop sensations Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen sound certifiably funky, producer Mark Ronson also scored a minor hit three years ago with a brass-infused remake of the Smiths’ “Stop Me.” But his third studio album, “Record Collection,” sees him stepping away from the retro-soul sound that made him famous. Instead, Ronson taps some of his musical heroes and new discoveries for a very contemporary-sounding jam session, steeped in synth-pop and hip-hop. The opening track and leadoff single, “Bang Bang Bang,” is a celebratory electro-romp featuring Brooklyn singer MNDR and rapper Q-Tip, reprising his party-starting role from Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is in the Heart.” Boy George surfaces sounding virtually unrecognizable on the glistening new-wave duet with Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt, “Somebody to Love Me”; while Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes add oomph to the icy title track with the assistance of rapper Wiley. There are more highlights: “Lose It (in the End),” a song with a rat-tat-tat rhythm written by Jonathan Pierce of the Drums and featuring dizzying verses from Ghostface Killah; “Glass Mountain Trust,” a loopy funk song heralding the return of D’Angelo more than a decade after “Voodoo” was released.” It’s not a perfect album by any stretch but certainly one where ideas and personality flow freely. It also gives one the impression that Ronson, unlike many others in his field, truly, deeply, madly loves his job.


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