ART BRUT

Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Win­ning re­turn of beloved pop-punk out­liers ROb HugHES

This belated fol­lowup to 2011’s Bril­liant! Tragic! comes af­ter leader Ed­die ar­gos moved to Ber­lin, be­came a fa­ther, wrote a mu­si­cal and sur­vived a nasty bout of peri­toni­tis. The lat­ter is ref­er­enced on “Hos­pi­tal!”, a typ­i­cally ebul­lient ode to un­stop­pa­bil­ity and healthy liv­ing, while other re­cent ex­pe­ri­ences jos­tle for room too. like Go-Kart Mozart or Billy Child­ish, ar­gos fash­ions lyri­cal wit­ti­cisms from the com­mon­place, chart­ing a ter­mi­nally ado­les­cent world where ex-lovers are cursed, ke­bab shops line the streets and fall­ing in love is like be­ing on Top Of The Pops (the ex­hil­a­rat­ing “she Kissed Me (and It Felt like a Hit)”).

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