Bang Bang Rock & Roll

Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Though it runs out of steam slightly (at least in comparison to the pop art brilliance of the band's best songs) on its second half, Bang Bang Rock & Roll is a terrific debut, and Art Brut is smart, catchy, and fun.
  2. Alternative Press
    100
    Depending on your worldview, Art Brut are either the most whimsical folks in Britrock or the most sardonic bastards you've ever worshiped via air guitar. [Jul 2006, p.186]
  3. Though its novelty diminishes more with each listen (with the first being the freshest, most energetic romp of them all), "Bang Bang Rock & Roll" still stubbornly continues to amuse.
  4. Blender
    80
    At their most thrilling, they fuse the spiky cool of Elastica with the witty self-consciousness of LCD Soundsystem. [Sep 2005, p.131]
  5. It all adds up to blatantly catchy, deceptively simple wannabe-clever, can’t-help-but-be-cheeky art-punk.
  6. It's a bit of an acquired taste, but at record's end, you'll be extremely satisfied.
  7. It's astounding that AB can reel off so many downright enjoyable songs that it almost hurts.
  8. While there isn't much variation in instrumentation or sound, the impeccable, thought-provoking lyrics more than make up for it.
  9. Mojo
    80
    Every generation needs an Art Brut. [Jun 2005, p.100]
  10. New Musical Express (NME)
    70
    This is both a fine and fun album. [21 May 2005, p.65]
  11. It's tempting to think of Art Brut as the foreign replacement for the catchy/clever observances Weezer used to traffic.
  12. 'Bang Bang Rock & Roll' is as clever as it is funny as it is entertaining. It's the most original independent album in years.
  13. Bang Bang Rock and Roll is still the most welcome, here's-mud-in-yer-eye debut since The Libertines' Up the Bracket.
  14. 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.
  15. Q Magazine
    40
    This is essentially a couple of singles spread way too thinly. [Jun 2005, p.110]
  16. Frenzied throwaways like “Modern Art” and vapid observations like “popular culture no longer applies to me,” from “Bad Weekend,” keep Bang Bang Rock and Roll from attaining that rarified feel of unveiling something truly special.
  17. Spin
    83
    These Brits deconstruct bombast via bombastic guitar riffs. [Jun 2005, p.108]
  18. It's like the debut, but slightly different, definitely better.
  19. 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.
  20. Whether shouting, wisecracking or guffawing, [Argos] spends their entire debut album veering between irony and geekery.
  21. 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.
  22. The gap between expectations and delivery, the contrast of emotions that go into real life as opposed to pop fantasy, makes this brief but satisfying album a pointed delight.
  23. Uncut
    80
    Adopting Franz Ferdinand's arty edginess and the raw energy of the Pistols, Art Brut tilt at everything from the ephemeral nature of popular culture to erectile dysfunction. [Jun 2005, p.100]
  24. Under The Radar
    70
    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]
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 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 todayA 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. Full Review »
  2. Marc
    Aug 4, 2008
    10
    Most of you people are crazy. This is top-shelf stuff.
  3. EricC
    Nov 26, 2007
    9
    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 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. Full Review »