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Bang Bang Rock & Roll ~ Art Brut
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasingly shouty, 30 May 2005
Anyone remember the Van Pelt? Their glorious album 'Sultans of Sentiment' (pick it up if you can find it) melds the semi-rhythmic spoken monologues of Chris Leo to gorgeously evocative melodic rock music to fantastic effect.
While we're reminiscing, remember Mclusky? Welsh shouty rockers with a semi-melodic singer and enough madcap punchlines and manic energy to sustain nearly-but-not-quite-great album 'Mclusky Do Dallas'.
Well, Art Brut are the natural heirs to these two bands: equal parts 'deceptively complicated but nicely melodic backing and spoken monologues' and 'manic shouting over full-band freak-out'. While not quite matching the sheer brilliance and beauty of the Van… Read more
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I'll keep this short - as the previous reviewer summed up so well, this is a beatiful album of gentle, tightly constructed instrumentals with a groovy kick. Aside from the slightly out-of-place Gruff Rhys, it's an album that hangs together very well and is highly recommended.
However, if you can spare a couple of extra pounds, do get the version with the bonus 3" CD with 'Red Room', a 13 minute bonus track. It is a rawer, more pulsating instrumental, one that shares many sounds with post-rock bands Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You Black Emperor. It really is a bonus CD worthy of the extra cash, so to anyone interested in this album, surf on over to the other listing for it and… Read more
Demon Days ~ Gorillaz
Demon Days ~ Gorillaz
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Danger Doom, anyone?, 23 May 2005
This is great fun, better than I expected. The one-two punch of Last Living Souls and Kids With Guns sold this one for me - two good tracks and a nice way to lead off the album. Feel Good Inc sounds much better now that it's in place on the album.
Albarn's casual melodies complement the excellent, almost minimalist beats from Danger Mouse. For anyone who picked up the (excellent) new Quasimoto album, much of this sounds like the beat to the bleeps of 'Greenery' on that disc. Very catchy and just right. Danger Mouse knows when to hold the beat back, and when to let the drums kick off. Hats off to his excellent work.
The real star amongst the guests is MF Doom - for those of you… Read more