Thursday, May 11, 2006

Bang Bang Rock & Roll

Posted on Thu, May 11, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Label: Banana/Fierce Panda/Downtown
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Bang Bang Rock & Roll (Banana/Fierce Panda/Downtown) Art Brut song titles are the U.K. rock equivalent of oh-so-obvious U.S. comedy flick names like Boat Trip or Beauty Shop ' you get the basic gist right upfront. 'Moving to L.A.�? 'Fight!�? 'Formed a Band�? So far, so dull. Fortunately Art Brut have both the false-bottom naiveté and SpongeBob-level rock instincts to parlay what are basic male teen fantasies into hooligan pub chants. 'Emily Kane� (about, well, you know) pilfers a stampeding, fist-pumping Andrew W.K. hook to help inflate its eternal-grade-school-crush conceit, singer Eddie Argos shouting, 'Other girls went and other girls came/I still remember Emily Kane,� deep into the part of your brain reserved for composition-book doodling and recess-time wrasslin'. 'Moving to L.A.� appropriates the Beach Boys' carefree delusions and breezy, palm-tree veneers, almost making the unlikely prospect of 'drinking Hennessy with Morrissey� seem like an attractive proposition.


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