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Arctic Monkeys

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Amoeba Review

09/09/2013

On their fifth album, seven years down the road from their initial and basically undeniable pop-punk razorblade "I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor," the boys from Sheffield are back with an album that screams, or rather moans, "maturity." Maybe maturity is the wrong word - there's still the ageless teenage greasiness which made the band initially so appealing, but it's been refined and I simply refuse to believe that this refinement arrived coincidentally. Josh Homme, adult purveyor of timeless musical grease, makes an appearance on the record, and press materials surrounding both artists' current-events make a point of mentioning cross pollination. So what does this mean for said Monkeys? An opening track that sounds like Black Keys stompy bombast coupled with something like Spacemen 3 atmospheric tectonics, filthy wobbles and shimmer, lots of space both local and astral. This track, "Do I Wanna Know," is about as purposeful and narrative-establishing as an opening track can get, especially for a band known for exploding out in short bursts. It's a slow burner that paves the way for a record Homme has described as a "really cool, sexy, after-midnight record." This means Queens-style spooky grooving, melodic, laconic, druggy guitar solos, tired-drunk-guy crooning with falsetto doubling, and a shuffling, mid-tempo disco snark turned sneer in a nicer jacket a la someone like Jarvis Cocker's work with Pulp. In the words of Fatboy Slim "You've Come A Long Way, Baby."



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Do I Wanna Know?
Arctic Monkeys 04:32
2.
R U Mine?
Arctic Monkeys 03:20
3.
One For The Road
Arctic Monkeys 03:26
4.
Arabella
Arctic Monkeys 03:27
5.
I Want It All
Arctic Monkeys 03:04
6.
No. 1 Party Anthem
Arctic Monkeys 04:03


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Mad Sounds
Arctic Monkeys 03:35
2.
Fireside
Arctic Monkeys 03:01
3.
Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Arctic Monkeys 02:42
4.
Snap Out Of It
Arctic Monkeys 03:12
5.
Knee Socks
Arctic Monkeys 04:17
6.
I Wanna Be Yours
Arctic Monkeys 03:04

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