The Alternative Press said of this album, “Depending on your worldview, Art Brut are either the most whimsical folks in Britrock or the most sardonic bastards you’ve ever worshipped via air guitar. ” This about sums up this album perfectly – released in 2007 to universal acclaim from fans of art-punk and critics alike.
The thrashing, smashing guitars are perfectly placed and the lyrics tilt at everything from the ephemeral nature of popular culture to erectile dysfunction:
“I’m sorry // I’m so sorry // Can I get you… a cup of coffee? // Don’t tell your friends!”
It’s just sarcastic enough to not be pretentious, helped along by Eddie Argos’ perfectly deadpan singing voice. Art Brut have come along and made you fall back in love with music that relates to your life – how shit your hangover is and how you still harbour a crush for that girl you first kissed when you were 15. It’s a refreshing change from all the grandiose rubbish out there at the moment – Bang Bang Rock & Roll puts it all back into simple perspective for you.