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Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll

by Rich Morris Rating: Release Date:

Many bands have promised to bring intelligence back into rock’n’roll, but few offer it quite so readily as on the debut album by Art Brut – even if it’s a little too frequently brains of the somewhat smart-arsed variety. This is down to Art Brut band-leader Eddie Argos, a loud-mouthed student type in vintage blazer, whose half-sung, half-bellowed vocal – rambling, witticism-strewn missives about beautiful girls, modern art, and Top Of The Pops – surfs unsteadily atop a musical backdrop of cranked-up garage-rock clatter, distorted rockabilly, and good honest first-wave punk-rock.

It’s an acquired taste, sure – not everyone will want to shriek along to Argos’ somewhat pretentious proclamation "Popular culture/ No longer applies to me!" on "Bad Weekend". But every now and then, Art Brut’s pseudy side slides into sharp focus and turns out a song like "Formed A Band" – a hilarious indie-rock manifesto that sees Argos declare a wish to be "the boy, the man/ Who writes the song that makes Israel and Palestine get along". And if that doesn’t warm the cockles of your heart, perhaps "Emily Kane" - dedicated to Argos’ childhood sweetheart – will. --Louis Pattison

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