Everybody Was in the French Resistance… Now! Fixin' the Charts Volume 1

Eddie Argos has made a living out of taking the piss. As lead singer for Brit punk pranksters Art Brut, Argos has provided us with some of the last decade's most biting critiques ("Formed a Band," "Modern Art"). Now, he's teamed with the Blood Arm's Dyan Valdes, under the awkwardly named Everybody Was in the French Resistance… Now!, offering answer songs to pop tunes from the past 50 years. Everyone from Frank Sinatra to Kanye West gets the treatment. "Billie's Genes" is written from the perspective of Billie Jean and Michael Jackson' illegitimate lovechild ("It was hard growing up without a dad/but now I know it was you, I'm kind of glad"), while "G.I.R.L.F.R.E.N. (You Know I've Got A)" positions Argos as the man of Avril Lavigne's affections. Although conceptually Everybody Was In the French Resistance… Now! should be the perfect vehicle for Argos' pop culture-obsessed wit, the record feels surprisingly uninspired. That the music is mostly rote guitar, drums and synths doesn't help either. What should have been a visceral tongue-lashing from an indie rock patriarch is instead a wet, sloppy kiss from the family dog. (Cooking Vinyl)