Arctic Monkeys-Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You

Their AM album lands next Tuesday, and in advance of its release they let this effort loose, one that didn’t make the final cut for the LP.

If you enjoyed Do I Wanna Know?, you’re likely to be a fan of this too. It oozes the same glam rock fundamentals, with sleazy, grinding guitar work that’s actually remarkably similar to the aforementioned single (which may even be the reason they cut the track). It moves along at a much quicker pace than that track though, driving along courtesy of more urgent, head-nodding percussion work that carries those slimy guitar plucks forth at a good rate, whilst it’s also far more instrumentally-driven- there are several spots whereby the production is allowed plenty of space to breathe, which works well throughout. The vocal contribution is still enjoyable though, with Turner’s mellow, relatively easygoing delivery combining with the instrumentation’s seedy qualities to good effect, and finishing off what is a generally strong effort. Available on iTunes now.

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Arctic Monkeys-Do I Wanna Know?

My relationship with their music is tenuous at best. Like most people, I bought into them when they first emerged, but unlike those who’ve stuck by them and hailed them as the second coming of The Clash, my interest waned significantly with each album.

But they’ve reeled me back in here. The guitars are driving, the percussion is crunching and Turner’s mostly dropped the over-reliance on his Northern accent to add vocal character- for all I know, these things could have happened 2 albums ago in truth, but I’m aware of them now and the combination of it all is suitably impressive. There’s a sleazy, Americana vibe to some of the long, drawn-out guitar work, particularly towards the end of the verses and in the second half of the hook, whilst the relatively gentle vocals on the first half of the hook have a retro, atmospheric quality that seems to drum up a 70s sound; generally it’s an effort that traverses comfortably across several rock and indie styles, and does so to very good effect.

If there’s more of this to come, then I’m most certainly sticking around to see what their next album (rumoured for release this year) is going to deliver. Until then, grab this on iTunes now.

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Arctic Monkeys-Suck It And See Album Stream

I’m not really a fan of these guys outside of the odd track here and there, but I’ve been neglecting the indie side of things as of late, so I’m sure the fans out there will enjoy this preview of their forthcoming album.

The whole album is available to listen to in full, along with buttons to pre-order and such. I’m actually looking forward to giving this a go, despite my aforementioned lack of fandom, purely to see how their sound has come on and whether they’ve made/are yet to make that ‘artistic integrity’ album that alienates the regular fans and wins over mavericks like myself. We’ll see, but for now enjoy the album in its entirety here.

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Whatever People Say You Are, That's What You've Become

Or something to that effect.

When Arctic Monkeys brought out Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not the bumming went on for months. And to be fair most of it was justified, and it brought a lot to the indie music scene.

However, since then the Arctic Monkeys’ demise has been quite spectacular, going from “Quality” to “Alright with a few good tracks” (see: Mardy Bum, 505. Ok 505 was out-standing) to “overrated” to “unbelievably overrated” and now seemingly into obscurity.

From WPSIA,TWIN are the following tracks, so you can drift back 5 years and reminisce. (How good as A Certain Romance? :poundit:)

Arctic Monkeys- Still Take You Home

Arctic Monkeys- A Certain Romance

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Arctic Monkeys-My Propeller Video

The most overrated band of all-time (and I genuinely believe that) drop a new video. Don’t get me wrong, they are decent, but do absolutely nothing to justify the ridiculous lovefest/hype they’re given by some people. Wow, they sing with heavy northern accents-yay.

I like this video though, the effects they use are pretty nice. The song is alright, nothing special. Pretty much like the band.

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