Art Brut - Brilliant! Tragic! (2011)

"Brilliant! Tragic!" is the fourth studio album by Art Brut, to be released on May 23, 2011. The first single from the album will be "Lost Weekend". The album was recorded in Salem, Oregon and is the second to be produced by Frank Black, best known as the frontman of Pixies.

On the recording process, frontman Eddie Argos said, "with the last album we met up every couple of months and wrote three or four songs. This time we got together in the second half of the year and wrote whenever we could 2 or 3 times a week. We had more time in the studio this time too (about a week more) so Black Francis had time to teach me how to sing. I'm very proud that I sing on it. Only took four albums to start singing, not bad." On the subject matter for the album, Argos has said; "This time the album is more about how I think I’m psychic, songs for my funeral, the principality of Sealand and Axl Rose. Weightier topics I think. I’m also sexier now" He also comments on the band's current musical direction, stating that "with the last album we'd just remembered we were a punk band again so it was all four to the floor rock out. This time there are a few songs to let you catch your breath so when we do rock the fuck out again it hits home harder."

Explaining the record's themes, Eddie Argos continued: "Bang Bang Rock & Roll did what it said on the tin. It's A Bit Complicated was a bit complicated. On Art Brut vs. Satan we had to fight Satan. This one follows the same pattern, it is a 'brilliant, tragic', record. If it was a TV show you'd define it as a dramedy."

The album track "Axl Rose" marks the second time that Argos has written about the troubled Guns N' Roses frontman. The first was his 'Open Letter To Axl Rose', first published in Artrocker magazine, in which he announces that both he and his brother are fans of his work and that Guns N' Roses "have some of the world’s greatest songs in their arsenal" but that Axl needs to address his punctuality and the trim down the band's current lineup". It was written in response to the Axl's controversial Reading Festival performance the previous year.

Art Brut
Brilliant! Tragic!
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1. Clever Clever Jazz
2. Lost Weekend
3. Bad Comedian
4. Sexy Sometimes
5. Is Dog Eared
6. Martin Kemp Welch Five A-Side Football Rules
7. Axel Rose
8. I Am the Psychic
9. Ice Hocke
10. Sealand

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Cooking Vinyl
United Kingdom
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