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Art Brut Bang Bang Rock and Roll

In this post-irony landscape, one would think that you could no longer get credit for deconstructing yourself. But judging from the inordinate amount of hype and ink spilled on Art Brut, that's simply not the case. Stacked with jagged, self-conscious tracks filled with snark and quirk, Bang Bang Rock and Roll plays like a poor man‘s Pink Flag, with Wire's angular rawk and sneering vocals but without their political insight. As party music goes, however, it's a slam dunk for the retro set. From the story of "Formed a Band" to the nostalgic love noise of "Emily Kane" and onward to the spoken-word thrasher "Modern Art," Art Brut is trying its hardest to not give a fuck while giving a fuck the entire time.

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