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It's a Bit Complicated

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  • Audio CD (19 Jun. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Downtown
  • ASIN: B000PSJCLK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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They formed a band, released a string of brilliant singles and a brilliant debut album, then packed all their worldly possessions into a suitcase and set off to conquer the world. Now London-based five piece Art Brut return with their brilliant new album It's A Bit Complicated. Since humble beginnings at the hub of the New Cross DIY scene and the release of their debut album Bang Bang Rock And Roll in 2005, the gilded palace of rock and roll has opened itself up to Art Brut. From the sublime (support slots with Oasis and Ghostface Killah, with Russell Simmons, Gnarls Barkley and Wyclef Jean queuing to meet them backstage) to the ridiculous (spawning Art Brut franchise groups across the globe, including a certain Art Brut 47, AKA We Are Scientists), Art Brut have become America's favourite sons, appearing on the Jimmy Kimmell show, featuring in Spin magazine's Top 25 Greatest Live Acts and reaching number 3 in Pitchfork's esteemed albums of the year poll. Not content with going a getting a great deal closer to the mythical holy grail that is `breaking America' than most other UK bands (and doing it with endearing charm rather than the usual bluster and bravado), Art Brut have been playing rapturously received shows across all four corners of the globe. As well as appearing on the cover of the German Rolling Stone, they're a fixture on the European festival circuit and have played sold out shows everywhere from Russia to Mexico and Brazil. Now they return with It's A Bit Complicated - a record set to elevate Art Brut to the same lofty status they've been enjoying around the rest of the world - and a UK tour, which is set to see charismatic frontman Eddie Argos lead the band on a celebratory jaunt around the country, featuring Art Brut's biggest headline shows yet. Produced by Dan Swift (famed for his work with Kasabian, Snow Patrol, The Futureheads and Franz Ferdinand among others) at London's Terminal Studios, It's A Bit Complicated sees Art Brut picking up where they left off - with a set of songs that are clever, arch, rallying, and most importantly for a band who formed with the dream of appearing on Top Of The Pops, unashamedly pop. While Eddie Argos' lyrics remain front and centre - razor sharp and commanding Art Brut with rigid, comedic discipline - It's A Bit Complicated is bigger, and more importantly, better than anything Art Brut have done previously. From the DIY prog guitar solo on Pump Up The Volume ("Is it so wrong / To break from a kiss to turn up a pop song?") and the hair metal riffs and Weezer-esque backing vocals of forthcoming single Direct Hit ("What's wrong? Scared to commit? Get on the dancefloor it's a DIRECT HIT!") to the coming of age sentiment and squealing guitar of Nag Nag Nag Nag ("I'm older now but refuse to learn / That they were just adolescent concerns"), It's a Bit Complicated is the sound of Art Brut growing up a little bit, while remaining as smart and exciting as ever. Art Brut are very much ready.

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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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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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