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It's a Bit Complicated

22 April 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 22 April 2013
  • Release Date: 22 April 2013
  • Label: art brut
  • Copyright: 2013 art brut
  • Total Length: 33:55
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00CJFBVNY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,747 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BS on parade on 28 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I adore the first album Bang Bang Rock & Roll. It was one of those rare albums that just completely satisfies to such an extent that you don't even want to hear anything else by the band as you know it will only disappoint. White Stripes' White Blood Cells and Tegan and Sara's If It Was You were similar albums. Nothing else they have recorded means anything to me.

So going in I knew this was never going to do it for me. And I was right. It's dwarfed, lost in the shadow, of the superior Bang Bang Rock & Roll. Having said that, it's not a bad album. It starts okay, dips badly in the middle but ends on a run of good songs.

The biggest disappointment is that the lyrics aren't as good. On the first album they are detailed with geeky autobiographical information or fantasies. These lyrics are a bit more generic, less unique and funny.

Also the music is less ragged and has a hint of glam rock in the earlier songs. That is not to say the songs are polished.

1. "Pump Up the Volume" - 2:56 (3 out of 5 stars)
Solid but unremarkable. His voice is swamped by the music. I think it's a poor choice to open the album with.

2. "Direct Hit" - 3:34 (3 stars)
It's okay but I feel it could have been so much more. Has an energetic ending.

3. "St Pauli" - 2:58 (3 stars)
Enjoyable rocker.

4. "People in Love" - 3:04 (3 stars)
Decent enough song. Lyrically stronger than the previous tracks, but still not as good as I hoped for.

5. "Late Sunday Evening" - 3:11 (3 stars)
The lyrics seem a bit random. Feels like filler that's not got a real subject, or point, at the heart of it. It's saved by the band's standard sound being so good and being up-tempo.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By juliet R on 22 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
I saw this band earlier this year supporting Maximo Park at the Shepherds Bush Empire and was introduced to their quirky funny brand of songs and recitation lyrics.Eddie Argos amuses me onstage,and this album is no exception.Every song on this album is good,and every song has a message.
"Pump Up The Volume" is great,and of course "Direct Hit"has all the goods.
I really like Jasper Future's guitar and the overall production is sparky and entertaining and surprisingly rock and roll.
A good summery listen from this elite band.
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By IWFIcon VINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
In a world where every British rock star seems at pains to paint themselves as "serious" (for one, witness the new Kaiser Chiefs record) it's a bit of a bonus to have Art Brut. Because their second album, It's All A Bit Complicated, directly follows the witty, crazy and catchy template that their debut, Bang Bang Rock 'N' Roll, brought us.

The one thing they have cranked up though this time around, are the tunes. Indeed, even at their most obtuse, Art Brut have always been about the tune and It's A Bit Complicated is one of the catchiest pop records you'll hear all year.

Direct Hit, if there was any justice, would send them into the Chart stratosphere with its catchy, and instantly singable, chorus and genuinely funny lyrics (based around tongue-tied night clubbers dancing rather than talking to their crush). There's plenty of other tracks that could provide a similar success, such as People In Love and Nag Nag Nag Nag, but there's also a couple of more reflective tracks, such as Sounds Of The Summer with it's narrative of compiling a "mix-tape", that work as well.

Art Brut have often been accused of being one trick ponies and favouring style over substance. This album should prove the doubters wrong on both counts.
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