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Saturday, 25 April 2009

Art Brut Vs. Satan: Track By Track

Apologies for yesterday's rant repeating what we've already said. Anyway, here's Art Brut Vs. Satan, broken down track by track - explaining exactly why you should buy it. Most of what we've got to say about the record is about the lyrics and themes of Eddie Argos, however we want to state now that this is no slight on the abilities of the band, who are absolutely ace and provide a solid fuzzy pop-rock backing to Mr Argos.

'Alcoholics Unanimous': the lead single - reviewed here

'DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake': song about the finer things in life. Geeky, endearing and catchy, it's everything we want from Art Brut.

'The Passenger': extolling the wonders of public transport, this song is full of energy and will have you bouncing in your bus seat

'Am I Normal?': entertaining and funny story about adolescent romance, the stalker-like lyrics are offset by Eddie's charm and confusion

'What A Rush': another Argos song about girls and awkwardness. Best summed up by the opening line of "I wish I hadn't taken my clothes off"

'Demons Out!': having finished talking about girls, it's now onto the first of three songs about the other love/hate relationship in Eddie's life - pop music. "The record buying public shouldn't be voting!". It's Art Brut's state of the nation adress and mission statement

'Slap Dash For No Cash': this record was produced by Pixies frontman Black Francis (or whatever name he's using this week) and it's delightfully understated, unlike the previous albums' pop sheen. 'Slap Dash...' is about the delights of just plugging in and playing

'The Replacements': yes, still talking about pop music, but Argos knows his stuff. "I can't believe I've only just discovered The Replacements" he says, talking about how no-one had recommended them, assuming that he was already a fan. Reminding us of our never-ending quest to find another band that we truly love, it's made us think: are there bands that no-ones recommending us

'Twist And Shout': we're not really sure what this one's about, but it's still rather fun and catchy

'Summer Job': this one has the chorus carried on backing vocals, which is somewhat unusual for the Brut. This one may be the catchiest on the album, which is saying something.

'Mysterious Bruises': this song's over seven minuets long, making it Art Brut's longest by a long way. Follows on from the opening track and contains the lyric "I fought the floor and the floor won".

9/10
Essential album, especially for understaning where KPL is coming from

Keep/Pop/Loud

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