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Art Brut: Art Brut vs. Satan
The English pub-punk act with the scrappy, self-mocking style has cleaned up their sound without loosing the “knockabout” fun of their earlier album.
 

(Downtown)

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Eddie Argos and Art Brut revel in being the “class clowns of the indie scene,” said Jason Lipshutz in Billboard. Since 2005’s Bang Bang Rock & Roll, the English pub-punk act with the scrappy, self-mocking sound hasn’t shown the least bit of interest in growing up. Though the band still seems eager to escape adulthood on songs like “DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshakes,” in general it takes a “successful step in a mature direction” on Art Brut vs. Satan. With the Pixies’ Frank Black coming in as producer, the lads clean up their sound but still retain the “knockabout” fun of their debut, said Greg Kot in the Chicago Tribune. At his best, Argos is an “anti-star,” with a knack for creating “anthems laced with laugh-out-loud humor.” Here, he musters only a chuckle or two. Songs about public transit (“The Passenger”) and seasonal employment (“Summer Job”) are “filler” that only crowd “should-be hits” like “The Replacements” and “Mysterious Bruises.”

 

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