I could feel a lot worse about Art Brut vs. Satan being my favorite original album of 2009 so far (the DJ Koze and Ada compilations don't really count), but it's probably got something to do with feeling more basically honest about myself. Yep, this dork is who I am, really, only he's so much funnier and more enjoyable about it than I tend to be, and he makes hopeless pop fandom seem every bit as charming as he finds it. I like his riffs and his band and his producer, too. I won't cry if it ends up in my Top 3, either, though the year is too young and, let's face it, this album is ultimately too slight. It's identity art, and I identify.
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