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  • Summary: The London-based art-rockers led by Eddie Argos make their official debut with this 12-song effort.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 'Bang Bang Rock & Roll' is as clever as it is funny as it is entertaining. It's the most original independent album in years.
  2. It doesn’t matter how well you can thrash or shred if it doesn’t sound good, and rarely does a section of Bang Bang Rock and Roll sound as if it wasn’t well thought-out and created with the intent to entertain.
  3. It’s surprisingly comforting to hear a band like this come along and put everything in perspective, making you fall in love with music relating to your life, instead of becoming so grandiose and impersonal as most music has in recent years.
  4. While there isn't much variation in instrumentation or sound, the impeccable, thought-provoking lyrics more than make up for it.
  5. The members of Art Brut manage to infuse humor without pushing it too far. Or maybe they do push it too far, and that's why it feels more important.
  6. And yet, for all the music’s grand gestures (circus-style rhythms, stops and starts, laments of an emotional world come crashing down), this is a world of minutiae, observations never far from the poet’s reckoning [#14]
  7. This is essentially a couple of singles spread way too thinly. [Jun 2005, p.110]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 53
  2. Negative: 10 out of 53
  1. Marc
    Aug 4, 2008
    Most of you people are crazy. This is top-shelf stuff.
  2. MattH
    Apr 30, 2006
    It's hard to believe something this simple could be this good. This album is not only fantastically funny but catchy as well.
  3. EricC
    Nov 26, 2007
    I can't believe there's a band making music like this. But I'm ecstatic that they are. Some of the bluntest music you'll ever hear (you'll quickly realize this in the first track, which simply celebrates the fact that they formed a band). It may not stick with you too long, but for those first few listens, it's an experience you won't be finding anywhere else. Expand
  4. olivere
    Dec 23, 2005
    Droll, very droll. And very british, which might explain some of the negative reviews I have seen. The band rock live, and on record manage to do a ramones. Not in style or sound, but in attitude - it is dumb, it is pretentious, it is funny, and you get the true rock'n'roll feeling that they are not going to be trapped by anybody elses fixed ideas of what a proper band should sing about and that they really don't care. He's just talking... to the kids!... Expand
  5. Nugget
    Jun 12, 2006
    'Formed A Band', the opening track, is as good a statement of intent as any album in recent memory. "We're going to be the band/ That writes the song/ That makes Israel and Palestine/ Get along", Eddie Argos yelps, and God love us, we believe him too. The (non) attitude is a clever, fresh ploy in a generation of po-faced musicians. They don't care or they care too much? You decide. Trouble is, these three chord thrashers don't have the choons to stand up to Bloc Party or even the Kaiser Chiefs. It's a lot of fun, but not the sort of thing you'll be playing five years from now. Expand
  6. aReviewer
    Apr 8, 2006
    When I first listened to this album, I thought it was like the Streets at first. Then I realized, Mike Skinner is awesome, and this guy, well, isn't. If you're a fan of straightforward but otherwise uninteresting lyrics and musical style, then this is for you. It's rock-n-roll in its purest most simple form, but it's still missing something that would make it good. People will be sick of this album in a year. Expand
  7. theking
    Jul 14, 2005
    worst band ever.

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