The Shins' James Mercer teams with producer and Gnarls Barkley member Danger Mouse for a melancholy pop record. Other than string arrangements by composer Daniele Luppi, Danger and Mercer play every instrument on the 10-song album. mercer sings and plays guitar and bass, while danger handles drums, organ, piano, synth, and bass. Dangermouse's slick and smooth production meshes nice with Mercers intricate vocal and guitar melodies, which often sound deceptively simple while hiding his great songwriting talents. the two have pieced together a melodically experimental venture filled with clever twists and erratic turns.