Review: Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! by Art Brut

Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out! by Art BrutArt Brut’s one of those bands that were of their time when they came out – that mix of post-punk vitality and a delivery that most definitely is a nod, or two, towards the Fall – but now feel a little adrift considering what else is going on around them. It’s not to say that they haven’t moved on with the times: they really couldn’t, and they really shouldn’t. Art Brut’s most interesting angle is really the heights their past songs have aimed for, and while Wham! Band! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! – their first album in seven years – doesn’t quite go that far, choosing instead for more relateable stories with their added quirks, they still have the power that reminds us of the good old times. The record zips nicely (and fast) and it somewhat revives the charm of their early albums, when everything still seemed within reach. Or at least that’s how it felt. [NB]4/5

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