Saturday, January 02, 2010

TK # 33 - Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll (2005)

Remember when it was enough for rock and roll to simply be fun and a little subversive? On Bang, Bang Rock & Roll, Art Brut do, concocting arch art-punk delivered at 100 mph as lead singer Eddie Argos does his best Bryan Ferry / Woody Allen mind meld as he just talks to the kids in “Formed A Band” (“And yes this is my singing voice / It’s not irony, it’s not rock and roll / We’re just talking to the kids”). Everything on this record sounds like it was made up on the spot – it’s either inspired brilliance or a half-assed, hipster joke – I love that about it.

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