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  • Summary: The third album for the English band was produced by Black Francis (aka Frank Black).
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  1. How many great songs about rock and roll can one man write before he gets tiresome? We may find out.
  2. Art Brut Vs. Satan is compelling for three crucial reasons. First: Black Francis--a guy who knows something about charging guitar rock--produced the sessions. Second: The guitar subterfuge of Jasper Future and Ian Catskilkin, drive home these songs with a renewed enthusiasm. Lastly: Frontman Eddie Argos' sing-speak ruminations are inspired once again. [Jun 2009, p.108]
  3. Art Brut haven’t made the record that’ll reverse their gradual slide back towards cult. But they have at least made the one that’ll make the cult even more fervent.
  4. Produced by the Pixies' Frank Black, the band's third album is pretty straight-forward musically, all chugging indie rock with fat bass lines and scribbled guitar solos.
  5. The shtick can grow wearying several songs in. But then Argos disarms you by joking about his own archness.
  6. Art Brut vs. Satan is somewhere in the middle; good enough to be worth a couple of listens but enough bad at times to frustrate and make you wonder what might have been.
  7. There's no denying that, three albums in, the winning novelty of Art Brut's tightly defined project is beginning to wear off.

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  1. Mar 15, 2011
    ... where Frank Black's production meets Art Brut's edgy, spiky punk. Not a perfect album by any stretch of the imagination, but the highlights outweigh the lowpoints in both potency and frequency. A raw, exciting (if somewhat flawed) album which will please fans of both Art Brut and Frank Black. Expand