Tuesday, 5 May 2009


"The record buying public shouldn't be voting" exclaim Art Brut on their new Art Brut vs. Satan album.

Whilst I wouldn't usually give a hoot nor holler to chart positions, there's some satisfaction in seeing Together Through Life become Bob Dylan's first UK number one since 1970. For once, the record buying public got it right, even if they didn't buy many actual records.

Not that it's brilliant, but where do you pitch your expectations? I aim low and work up. For accordian-led, blues-based songs, the playing is sprightly and breezy which counters Bob's deathbed croaking and wheezing. If you lined up all his 33 studio albums in order of merit, this one would probably come about (finger in the air) sixteenth. There's nothing amzing but no clunkers either, and it sounds like something Dylan would listen to even if it wasn't his.

No sign of Art Brut's chart position but more about them soon.

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