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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Art Brut - It's a bit complicated LP 2007

What is it?
Berlin based artcore merchants present their second album of part talking/part singing indie monsters.

Why should you listen?
Against my better judgement I really enjoyed this LP. I guess with the arty angle it's supposed to be a bit pretentious, but it somehow manages to avoid this in any way shape or form and the songs are straightforward singalong numbers. Part of the charm of Art Brut is the vocal delivery of frontman Eddie Argos who manages to talk/sing his way through every track in a similar style to the talky bits in Serious Drinking songs. The lyrics range from funny to embarrassing sixth form poetry, but thankfully the latter is in the minority, with 'Direct Hit', 'St. Pauli' and 'Nag, Nag, Nag' all notable successes. You get the feeling there's more in the Art Brut locker but whether that's enough to make me try another album only time will tell. It's fun, but essentially throwaway pop music.

What's it like?
It's like a teenage boy's angst ridden poetry set to a slightly punky soundtrack.

What's the best song?
'Blame it on the Trains' is a typical geek rocking example of their work.

Who does it sound like?
It sounds a little like Serious Drinking, but for some reason they're lumped in with Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party.

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