Let's Wrestle Nursing Home

Let's Wrestle Nursing Home
Let's Wrestle's debut was a wonderfully ramshackle record filled with smart-ass lyrics. But the problem with crafting such a naively brilliant debut? Just ask Art Brut. For their sophomore release, the London, UK trio once again try to strike gold, raising the indie-cred quotient by enlisting Steve Albini to produce. Ditching the breezy bounce of In the Court of Wrestling, Let's, Nursing Home is unsurprisingly a more muscular record, filled with plenty of Albini's trademark lo-fi rattle. Starting things off, "In Dreams Part II" chronicles singer/guitarist Wesley Patrick Gonzalez's warped late night visions of fighting Pokémon. But things quickly fall apart and by fourth track "Bad Mammaries," with its half-baked chorus, you'll be looking for the skip button. Where their debut's lyrics were loaded with clever observations on pop culture and pulling girls, the lyrics on Nursing Home feel forced, as Gonzalez hides behind his meaningless tales of woe. Only on dark and slow numbers "For My Mother" and "I'm Useful" do we get the real Gonzalez, revealing the tragic upheaval in both his family and love lives. Coming off such a winning debut, Nursing Home is a disappointment. But don't write this young band off yet ― there are enough flashes of their former brilliance to hold out hope for album number three. (Merge)