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Dumb Luck

July 3rd, 2007 · Written by · No Comments

Dumb Luck

As the first track on the latest release under Jimmy Tamborello’s Dntel moniker opens, he humbly pleads “don’t forget that it’s dumb luck that got you here.” Although this may be partially true, the whole truth is that Tamborello has thrived by collaborating with the best and brightest the indie scene has had to offer. An album over five years in the making, Dumb Luck glistens with Tamborello’s subtle scrapes and scratches and signature electronic bleeps; however, it’s DL’s reliance on collaboration (most notably with Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes) that blurs the line between Dntel albums and Tamborello’s other projects. On the whole, Dumb Luck proves to be an intriguing study in Tamborello’s fusion of folk and electronic music, yet is crippled because it isn’t easily accessible for either electronic or Dntel fans. As a result, it remains in the shadow of his gold selling collaboration with Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard, affectionately known by the indie world as The Postal Service.

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