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Bang Bang Rock & Roll

Art Brut Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Art Brut will be released its third studio album, Art Brut vs Satan, on May 12th On Downtown Records

"We recorded the album in a punk-as-f@*k two weeks in Salem, Oregon," explains lead singer Eddie Argos. "I don't always enjoy the recording process - all that fiddling with guitars and drum sounds waiting for my turn to 'sing'. This time though, we did it just ... Read more in Amazon's Art Brut Store

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  • Audio CD (9 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Downtown
  • ASIN: B000F3AJA8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Formed A Band
2. My Little Brother
3. Emily Kane
4. Rusted Guns Of Milan
5. Modern Art
6. Good Weekend
7. Bang Bang Rock & Roll
8. Fight!
9. Moving To L.A.
10. Bad Weekend
11. Stand Down
12. 18,000 Lira
13. These Animas Menswear
14. Really Bad Weekend
15. Maternity Ward

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pop culture no longer applies to me 23 April 2007
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There's just something so endearing about a band who announces on their first song: "Formed a band/we formed a band/look at us! We formed a band!" with a mixture of glee and winking confidence.

And it's just the warmup for this enthusiastic, energetic rock band, with their solid, peppy Britpop debut, "Bang Bang Rock & Roll." Their rollicking guitars are so infused with fun and over-the-top rock'n'roll sentiments that it's impossible not to be charmed.

A sizzling riff opens the first song, in which Eddie Argos announces that they've formed a band, and urges people to"Stop buying your albums from the supermarket/they only sell records that have charted." Then he adds with winking charm: "And yes, this is my singing voice. It's not irony, it's not rock & roll -- we're just talking.... to the KIDS!"

Turns out it's only the warmup -- next Art Brut focuses on the jangly, tight rhythms of how "My little brother just discovered rock & roll/There's a noise in his head, and he's out of control!"

From there, they trip off into a joyous round of tight Britpop odes to Emily Kane, bouncy little indiepop, and frolicking rock numbers that twist in on themselves during the catchy chorus. But they also try out some other sounds: the sunny Beach-Boysy pop of "Move to L.A.," and the weirdly ominous ballad "Rusted Guns."

At first, Art Brut sound like any other fun Britpop band. But their album blossoms the more you listen to it -- these lads have a tight grip on their brilliant instrumentation, and they know how to wink at us through their odd, somewhat repetitive lyrics.

The riffs in this album are simply stunning: they ring, buzz, bounce, and sizzle, tightly wound into solid tunes.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Brut? Top of the Pops? 17 May 2005
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Art Brut could have been a gimmick. I worried this was the case after I first heard 'Formed A Band' last year. It was one of the best singles of 2004, and will probably go down in history as one of the best 1st tracks on an album, ever. It summed up Art Brut's mission statement: "We're gonna be the band that writes the song that makes Israel and Palestine get along" and quickly brushed aside any criticisms of frontman Eddie Argos' singing abilities: "yes, this is my singing voice, it's not irony, it's not Rock & Roll, we're just talking, to the Kids." It was a tiny little work of genius, and I loved it. But what if that was it? Yes, it's very clever how Eddie just shouts the lyrics, but is that all you've got? Thankfully, no, that is not all they've got. Firstly, yes, it is true that Mr. Argos is a man that cannot sing a note. But this is neither self-conscious, nor is it an "Others" style gimmick. His almost spoken word delivery is ideal for lyrics as witty, sarcastic and intelligent as these. He deals with a huge range of subjects, from the joys of young love (Emily Kane, Good Weekend) and the arts (Modern Art) to failures both general, (Stand Down) and sexual(Rusted Guns Of Milan). But this is not the Eddie Argos show, mind. His voice is set to some of the most insanely catchy little indie pop tunes you could ask for. With Eddie's happy vocals, and this jolly, bouncy music, you could be forgiven for taking Art Brut lightly. But you'll find yourself with a wicked grin on your face as you listen to them plough their way through track after track of poppy joy, all the while boldly, brutally gunning for the very institution that has embraced them- pop culture. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brutish debut 4 Oct 2007
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Youthful energy is a wonderful thing when it is captured on record. Think back to the Sex Pistols with 'Never Mind The Bollocks' and the early Jam music for example. It isn't just sheer coincidence that the majority of bands have a average age under 30. It just seems to work better, things are a bit more exciting, there is optimism, defiance, angst and a cocky swagger that sells records.

All of these attributes can be tagged to Art Brut. Art Brut are a young band who seem to be on the crest of the 'Art Wave'. A term the media has loosely branded these with, along with the likes of Franz Ferdinand. Don't be fooled though, this isn't a Franz Ferdinand wannabe band. Clever and silly lyrics over a simplistic punk rhythm and beat. This album has bundled up all the energy and jammed it into relatively short, punky, spiky album full of wit and charm.

Intelligent, arty rock like this isn't the most accessible - it certainly isn't the radio friendly pop rock that my wife would happily listen to, but if you have even the smallest urge to step away from mainstream then I think you will not be disappointed.

Tracks like 'Formed a Band' epitomises the lyrical wit. They are trying to convey how a band feels when they first start out with their debt single. "We're going to write; the song; that makes; Israel and Palestine get along" and "we're going to be on top of the pops for 8 weeks in a row." made me smile and appreciate where they were coming from.

My little brother shows a more melodic side, where as 'Formed a Band' is almost spoken, this is sung - kind of - Eddie Argos tries to explain "It is my singing voice, it is not irony". It again had lyrics that one can relate to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I just love this band. Everytime I listen to one of their albums I'm laughing by the end and in an immeasurably better mood. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by Mr S. Draper
5.0 out of 5 stars Indiepop heaven
While lead singer Eddie Argos has a voice which divides opinion, personally I find it honest and affecting...and "real" (unaffected). Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2010 by illusionator
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the decade
In my opinion this is the greatest debut album of recent times maybe even the best since ABC's Lexicon Of Love. Read more
Published on 22 July 2008 by Jonathan Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me a bit of the sex pistols
On Saturday I saw them (Brut art) at Greenfield festival in Interlaken, Switzerland having never heard of them. They brought back a lot of memories ... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2006 by Andrew Griffiths
2.0 out of 5 stars What Art?
This album tries to move you but it mostly annoys you, it is dripping with immaturity. Comparisons with The Fall are wide of the mark; the vocal style is closer to the Blue... Read more
Published on 20 April 2006 by Forshy
5.0 out of 5 stars Parody, power chords and perfect pop
The mighty Art Brut stand head and shoulders above the excellent crop of emerging British bands despite popular music being in it's healthiest state for two and a half... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2006 by P. Hedges
5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind The Fall......
The best album of 2005! Looking at other reviews here and on other sites, the majority tend to agree with me that this is a great album. Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2006 by Noxious
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of art!
I had my reservations about this album, however I was totally wrong when I listened to it.
The lyrics above all have made this album a piece of art. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2005 by "blacksabbath04"
4.0 out of 5 stars Haven't read the NME in so long...
A great CD; edgy, catchy and often tongue-in-cheek. Comparisons with 'The Fall' are not unjustified, but if this was a Fall album then it would be one of the good ones... Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2005 by John
5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot take this out of my cd player!
This is one of the top 10 debut albums in rock 'n' roll history. It makes me want to dispose of all my other cd's. Yes it is sarcastic and humorous. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2005 by gongstar
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