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Lana Del Rey producer makes an expensive-sounding breakup LP

Emile Haynie

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Emile Haynie, Nate Ruess and Jeff Bhasker attend the Other Ball fundraiser sponsored by Topshop Topman for Arms Around the Child at the Highline Ballroom on December 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Arms Around the Child)

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Producer and songwriter Emile Haynie has lent his expansive, high-drama sound to albums by Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, Eminem and fun., among others. On his solo debut, he pulls together a roster of A-list friends (Del Rey, Nate Ruess, Rufus Wainwright, Lykke Li) and idols (Brian Wilson, Randy Newman) for a breakup-themed LP that merges slow-mo hip-hop beats and orchestral pop into something that aspires to be a 21st-century Pet Sounds. The ornate tracks are as wow-worthy as the guest list — so it’s surprising how same-y the mood of wallowing grandeur can get. Newman’s mean, sunny “Who to Blame” is a fine exception on an album that too often feels like beautifully turned filler.

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