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Art Brut – Formed A Band (60)

December 16, 2009

Coldplay begat Franz Ferdinand begat The Arctic Chief Wombat Bloc. Meanwhile, Art Brut sat back and sniggered when they though no one was looking. “Look At Us, We Formed A Band” pretty much sums up the latest wave of UK music: shiny, in your face, and often surprisingly deserving of the hype. Still, Art Brut reminds us all that’s shiny tends to vacuous posturing eventually.

Art Brut, though, isn’t vacuous posturing, it is self-aware, cheeky posturing pretending to be vacuous. Except I’ve met people like the various excitable or optimistic narrative voices on the “Bang Bang Rock & Roll” album. Scary, huh.

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