Release Date: Apr 24, 2007
Record label: Sub Pop
Review Summary: Electronica artist Dntel changes things up Dumb Luck, an album that sees him playing chameleon.Musically, Jimmy Tamborello, for an Electronica artist, seems to be all over the place. Nothing does better to show this off then Dumb Luck , the new album from Tamborello’s “solo” project Dntel. While Dntel’s first album, the stellar Life is Full of Possibilities , was filled with the kind of Electropop that wouldn’t be out of place in either of Tamborello’s other current projects, The Postal Service and Figurine, the collaborator laden Dumb Luck is different.
It certainly wasn't a fluke that the Postal Service's Give Up became so popular -- the sleek sounds and vulnerable melodies Jimmy Tamborello and Ben Gibbard fused together were a perfect combination for early-2000s indie. For a time, it seemed like the Postal Service might overshadow Tamborello's more venerable experimental project, Dntel, so it's nice to see that he returned to it with Dumb Luck, which arrived six years after the brilliant Life Is Full of Possibilities. It's even nicer to discover that Dntel still has an identity distinct from the Postal Service: Dumb Luck is another lovely, impressionistic collage of dream pop, indie rock, and electronic sounds, graced with vocals by some of indie's most distinctive singers.