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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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  1. Positive: 41 out of 53
  2. Negative: 10 out of 53
  1. Mar 15, 2011
    9
    A strong, exciting, varied debut which has sadly overshadowed most of their work since. Art Brut's first album still sounds as exciting today as it did when I first heard it. They were the best band in Britain in 2005 and this album deserves more recognition. Expand

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