It’s A Bit Complicated
Art Brut’s second album, It’s A Bit Complicated, hit the streets June 26th. Judging from the five song EP, it won’t disappoint the multitude of fans won over by their debut album, Bang Bang Rock & Roll. Known for his shrewd self awareness, front man Eddie Argos and his crew have done it again. Mixing talk/stylized vocals, smart verbosity and catchy melodies, Art Brut will satisfy your longing for intelligent upbeat music. It’s A Bit Complicated is deceptively simplistic; its perfectly crisp songs are multi-layered concentrated pop energy.
The EP features “Pump up the Volume,” where Argos asks, amidst clever background vocals and guitar riffs, if it is bad taste to stop making out in order to turn up a pop song. “Direct Hit” is a rowdy rock number that you wish the DJ would play instead of the multitude of bad danceable tracks. “Post Soothing Out” is more vulnerable about a failing relationship. It hinges on the wit that characterizes the band’s lyrical approach when referencing John and Yoko and remarking that “every day is just like starting over.” “Late Sunday” is instrumentally diverse with an appearance of horns and xylophone, displaying the range of Art Brut’s creativity and are hopefully an indication of their future as a band. “Nag Nag Nag Nag” is a frenzied tale of “adolescent concerns” from the brooding teenage perspective that recalls youthful rebellion.
It’s A Bit Complicated is Art Brut a bit more grown up, maintaining a mature perspective amid a swell of pop rock enthusiasm. These songs will inevitably infect your brain and you will find yourself singing them - with a British accent, of course.