Everybody Was In The French Resistance… Now!

Oh yes, I reviewed an album and things. This was in the Morning Star last week.

Fixin’ The Charts Volume 1

Take lyrics a bit too seriously? This might just be the band for you.

Art Brut’s Eddie Argos, never one to back away from pop’s vital mission of taking ridiculous ideas to their natural conclusion, has written an album of responses to pop songs that have struck him as unfair or incorrect.

So Avril Lavigne’s Girlfriend is dismissed as the work of a scary stalker, Frank Sinatra is reminded that My Way Is Not Always The Best Way and electro-pop highlight Billy’s Genes looks at Michael Jackson’s ’80s classic from the perspective of the song’s resulting illegitimate child. “You left us in such a mess/no need for a paternity test.”

Remarkably, this album works without ever straying into novelty or pastiche. With Eddie’s trademark dead-pan vocals coupled to Dylan of The Blood Arm’s sweet backing vocals and choruses, EWITFR…N! have produced an early contender for album of the year.

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~ by jamboshoeshine on January 28, 2010.

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