Art brut

Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out Al­copop Indie iro­nists back from the dead with fe­ro­ciously funny fifth al­bum.

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums - Paul Moody

Like a mil­lenial Jilted John, Art Brut lit up Lon­don’s mid­noughties ‘grot’ scene with self-ref­er­en­tial newwave satires de­liv­ered with tongue firmly in cheek.

Seven years on from the Frank Black-pro­duced Bril­liant! Tragic!, main­man Ed­die Ar­gos re­turns re­vived and fully re­ju­ve­nated.

‘I was born again in a pure white light!’ he hollers in blis­ter­ing pop banger Hooray!, while Good Morn­ing Ber­lin in­cludes the lines: ‘Hip­sters with beards eat­ing falafel, wan­der th­ese streets like herds of cat­tle’. Too Clever, mean­while, finds him in­fu­ri­ated by his own witty word­play, declar­ing: ‘I’m too clever for my own damn good!’

With their most ef­fer­ves­cent tunes since 2005 de­but Bang Bang Rock’n’Roll, this rol­lick­ing re­turn will de­light fans, es­pe­cially upon hear­ing Hos­pi­tal, where Ar­gos sees the funny side of a self-in­flicted brush with the Grim Reaper, mus­ing: ‘When you go booze men­tal, re­mem­ber wa­ter’s bor­ing, but es­sen­tial.’

A hi­lar­i­ous throw­back to the days when bands didn’t take them­selves too se­ri­ously.

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