Review #3: Arctic Monkeys – AM

Artist – Arctic Monkeys
Album – AM (2013)

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/5bU1XKYxHhEwukllT20xtk

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Arctic Monkeys really need no introduction from me … but heres one anyway. The indie quartet from Sheffield were one of the first major groups to take advantage of social networking (myspace) to grow a following. Arctic Monkeys began their first LP journey with the incredible debut ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’, followed by ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’, ‘Humbug’, ‘Suck It And See’ and the most recent release ‘AM’.

Arctic Monkeys have been given a lot of flack recently for changing their style and slowing down. The thing fans need to remember is that it is their band and they are growing as musicians. This growth changes the music they want to create. We as fans shouldn’t worry about their style changing, we should start to worry when they write bad music, which hasn’t happened yet. ‘AM’ does have the slower ballad type tracks of which Arctic Monkeys have moved towards, such as the ironically named ‘No1 Party Anthem’ and ‘Mad Sounds’, but it does contain a contrast with its distorted riff driven songs such as ‘R U Mine’ and ‘I Want It All’. The groove displayed from the rhythm section in songs such as ‘Do I Wanna Know’ contains a cool swagger which really lends itself to Alex Turners vocal style and his on stage persona. Alex has also carried over his new found love of fuzz guitar solos from the previous ‘Suck It And See’ album which suit each song well, in a kind of extremely simplified Hendrix style.

I feel this new venture for the Arctic Monkeys has far more Groove than previous albums, it has you swaying and bopping your head from the get go. The album is a far cry from their first two releases … but that’s a good thing. I (as many others) loved those albums, but didn’t want another 4 repeats, i want to see what the Arctic Monkeys can do with their talent in a number of different styles. This album isn’t perfect, yes there could have been a few quicker tracks and something a tad more catchy to stand beside ‘Do I Wanna Know’ and ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’, but it’s a damn good effort from the lads and shows a progression every band should strive for.

8/10

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