Label: Cooking Vinyl Release date: 01/02/2010 Website: http://www.myspace.com/fixingthecharts Buy: AMa Art Brut’s frontman Eddie Argos has always had a love for the classic chart hits, shown by his appreciation of the much-missed, and unfairly maligned,Top Of The Pops. Now he’s collaborated with Dyan Valdes of Los Angeles Indie-rockers The Blood Arm and formed Everybody Was In The French Resistance…Now. With the aim of ‘Fixing The Charts’, they take a nostalgic tour down the hit parade righting the wrongs and sticking up for the everyman. The nostalgic feel of the album is honed by the artwork – a homage to the hand-drawn film posters of yesteryear. No act is safe from Eddie’s sharp tongue and wit. ‘G.I.R.L.F.R.E.N (You Know I’ve Got A)’ is a hard-hitting retort to Avril Lavigne’s attempt at writing one of the most annoying songs of all time, and even Britpop faves Elastica are informed if they’d used ‘Superglue’ instead of ‘Vaseline’ they may have stuck together for longer. Fans of Eddie’s other band will be pleased that his self-depreciating and autobiographical tone still shines through. ‘Think Twice (It’s Not Alright)’ is a break-up song wallowing in dark humour and shows how the man who fell so hard for his first love, ‘Emily Kane’, still has those stalker instincts and heavy heart: “Every now and then, we’ll sneak a look, we’ll spy on each other through MySpace and Facebook, I hope you don’t find a way to see how many times I’ll view your page”. The male-female vocal interplay blends together perfectly, especially on the very Pipettes-sounding ballad of ‘He’s A Rebel’, Dyan sings about a new crush that “writes poetry”, something Eddie reaffirms was “just lifted from a Nirvana biography”. Every song seems to have at least one genuine laugh-out loud moment such as this, or even more as shown on the working man’s anthem and retort to Kanye West’s ‘Gold Digger’ - ‘Coal Digger’. Often tongue-in-cheek, but with a clear statement of intent and underlying admiration of the targets, its to the band’s credit the album does not outstay its welcome with no song reaching the 4 minute mark. This never gives you time to get bored of an idea that could become stale quickly. Anyone interested in the history of the charts will lap it up and love finding the many hidden references spread throughout. Although you feel that it is a trip down musical misery lane for the duo, the responses are made with such humour and wit that you can’t help but smile. The current batch of pop writers should be wary, Eddie and Dyan are probably already planning to fix the charts for a second time around. Rating 8/10 What say you on this? Sound off in our Fourum!