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Leaping straight into the action with an extended drum roll, 'Brianstorm' throws the listener back into the world of the Arctic Monkeys for their sophomore album, Favourite Worst Nightmare. The fast, unrelenting pace of 'Brianstorm' instantly gets you pumped up and it is perfect for an opening track. As I listen to it, I imagine some kind of chase scene with a charming ladies man making his way both into and out of trouble.
The second track, 'Teddy Picker', continues the pace set by its predecessor with a grimy deconstruction of the world of celebrity and attention-seekers. While the tune has a nice beat, the lyrics reveal dissatisfaction with the mentality of people who will do anything to get famous, unaware that people will take advantage of them. This second track encapsulates the general mood of this secondary album, which is a rawer sound and an indictment on the world of fame, something they have experienced since their smash hit first album, Whatever People Say That I Am, That's What I'm Not.
'D is for Dangerous' and 'Balaclava' are both average sounding tracks which carry the memento of the album, but aren't instant classics by any means. However, 'Fluorescent Adolescent' is one of the more iconic songs, rivalling that of 'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor', appearing on TV adverts and background music for shows like The Inbetweeners. This is one of the first songs I'd heard by the Arctic Monkeys and it got overplayed a lot on my iPod - a definite classic.
The pace slows down, however, with the song 'The Only Ones Who Know' which is a sombre, reflective tune about love. I really enjoy these types of songs from the Arctic Monkeys. It is very similar to 'Riot Van', in terms of the pace and the emphasis on Turner's lyrics. It's songs like this that demonstrate the band's versatility in styles.
The following three songs, 'Do Me a Favour', 'This House is a Circus' and 'If You Were There, Beware' are all album tracks in the very sense of the word, and do not stick in the mind after listening. There are a few nice moments, but you wouldn't find any of these on an Arctic Monkey fan's favourites list. I also quite like 'The Bad Thing', although it doesn't quite hit classic-status. The same can be said with 'Old Yellow Bricks' which has some really good lyrics, and feels a little similar to Hard-Fi in some ways, especially the chorus.
The final song, as with their earlier album, is possibly the best song on the album. Like 'A Certain Romance' before it, '505' has an epic feel to it, starting slow and building up to a crescendo. My favourite moment is when Turner sings: "I'm going back to 505, if it's a seven hour flight or a 45 minute drive" with each iteration of this lyric becoming more heartfelt as the song progresses.
Overall, this album has a different feel to its predecessor. The lads from Sheffield are no longer singing about the scrapes and fights outside nightclubs and the seedy underbelly of city life, but are writing about the jaded feelings of stardom and the effects it has had on them, dealing with their meteoric rise to prominence. Whilst the songs sound more mature, I do miss the simpler, almost teenage feel to their earlier works - something that would become less prevalent in their future albums.
'Favourite Worst Nightmare' was released back in 2007 (old School!) however it is one of my favourite albums. The Arctic Monkeys' sound is alternative/indie - well worth a listen if you are into this particular genre.
Lead singer Alex Turner's voice is mesmerizing and compelling.
2. Teddy Picker
3. D is for Dangerous
5. Fluorescent Adolescent
6. Only Ones Who Know
7. Do Me A Favour
8. This House Is A Circus
9. If You Were There, Beware
10. The Bad Thing
11. Old Yellow Bricks
Personally I think that Brianstorm, Teddy Picker, Balaclava, Fluorescent Adolescent, Old Yellow Bricks and This House Is A Circus are exceptional singles because of the quailty of the song writing and the emotive lyrics although the rest of them are great too.
In comparison to other albums such as ' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' I think that this particular album is better.
The album is rated as explicit and unsuitable for younger listeners but I think that it's perfectly fine and none of the material should be considered as unsuitable.
I would definately reccomend this album to Arctic Monkeys fans and anybody that likes alternative/indie music.
Favourite Worst Nightmare was released in 2007 by a band known as the "Arctic Monkeys". It is their second studio album. There music can be described as 'Indie'.
The cover art on the album is of a block of terraced housing with colourful walls inside, although the image has been taken at night so the houses are dark. The walls inside are very bright though which makes them stand out. The text on the album is in yellow which makes it stand out from the darkness of the main body of the cover. However the font is a little hard to read.
The tracklisting for "Favourite Worst Nightmare" is as follows:
2 Teddy Picker
3 D Is For Dangerous
5 Fluorescent Adolescent
6 Only Ones Who Know
7 Do Me A Favour
8 This House Is a Circus
9 If You Were There, Beware
10 The Bad Thing
11 Old Yellow Bricks
The songs which were released from this album are:
"Brianstorm" which was released 2 April 2007
"Fluorescent Adolescent" which was released 4 July 2007
"Teddy Picker" which was released 3 December 2007
Out of all of the songs on this album, I would have to say that my favourite song is "Fluorescent Adolescent" because I like the name of the track (which was what originally made me want to listen to it) and the lyrics are pretty good as well. I won't describe too much about the song because of the nature of it being unsuitable for younger audiences but it essentially describes the way in which relationships can change and seem less exciting and new after some time. The track starts with quite a catchy sounding drum beat and guitar riff and then the lyrics set in. From the first time I heard this song, I loved it. Even though I was probably too young to understand what it was really about, admittedly, I liked the track all the same.
Other tracks on the album are also not half bad, with another of my favourites being "505" which is a much slower track than their usual music and much slower than what I would usually have listened to as well but nonetheless, I think it's probably one of the best tracks on the album. It can get a bit repetitive at times but its still a pretty catchy tune.
Overall I would say that this album is actually probably the best album they have made to date and I would recommend the album to anyone who likes indie or alternative music because I think it would appeal to a fairly wide audience. I also have to remind people that the subject of some of the songs, while not explicit, it probably not suitable for younger audiences.
The Arctic Monkeys - celebrated as the 'saviours of rock', the 'influential artists of this decade' - smashed onto the scene with the No. 1 single 'I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor' and their debut album became the best selling debut album of all time and won the Mercury Prize AND a Brit Award. To put it lightly, they had a lot to live up to with this, their second album.
Released in 2007, it reached No. 1 in the album charts and was once again nominated for a mercury prize. But what did I, as a punter and fan, think?!
Well from the first listen of the album it was obvious: they had grown up. Not too much, but enough: that bit heavier, more ambitious in their sound. The same cheeky chappy approach remained but it seemed quicker, louder almost.
Lyrically, the album is as sound as ever: Alex Turner's witty lyrics often biting but never patronising.
The opening track, Brianstorm, is raucous and guitar riff ridden, a very strong opener that was in fact their first single off this album. With a very strong chorus, you could guarantee mass sing/shout alongs to this at one of their gigs.
Teddy Picker, the second song, is one of my favourites: the lyrics clever, the tune quick paced, similar to D is for Dangerous.
The slower songs on the album are beautiful: a welcome rest. 505 is the best, Alex's voice wonderfully lulling and soft.
All in all, I really rate this album. Although not quite the masterpiece that is their first, this is a very strong album and doesn't flounder at any point. Lyrically and musically, very sound.
This album is great. It starts with the fantastic guitar rift on Teddy Picker and just sets it off perfectly. Although not as good as the first one they produced it is still good. However, it must be said this is certainly a grower album, and the similarities between songs can very clearly be heard. It must be said this album does have quite a bit of variety to it and different sounds. From the upbeat, bouncy BrianStorm to the more dramatic 505. All the songs end up following the same style however. And this would be the criticism that it would have been nice to see something different from this album rather than the previously used sounds.
After a few listens you find yourself skipping the less powerful songs such as Only Ones Who Know, this type just doesn't sound good with the Arctic Monkeys. On the song If you were there beware, a fantastic drum solo kicks in midway through, which demonstrates the sheer ability of the band.
The Sheffield-based Indie Rock band Arctic Monkeys dropped their second album in 2007 and it found that, led by Alex Turner came out with "Favourite Worst Nightmare" to continue the success which was initiated when they came with "I bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" from 2005 with their funky take on the UK Indie style.
The sophomore album starts with them laying down what was their lead single for the record. It is a banger of a tune and one which really made a big impact on the game as they showed that they were back in a big way as they brought back the same sounds which made their debut album such a massive success and a tune which is based around a fast-paced composition which is all topped-off with Turner's vocals.
2. "Teddy Picker"
The record flows through with another of the singles and in this case they get down to one where they are seen to comment upon the state of British society (and the wider world) where the celebrity culture overrides everything else that happens with 'real' people. It is a tune which stands as a strong one, but I can't say that I was that impressed by the way that the music, around the song did that much for me.
3. "D is For Dangerous"
With this you have them returning back to top form and to the state which has them getting back to the sort of form which made them popular in the first instance as they get their stuff out there with a funky jam which really makes full use the sorts of grooves which made it for them and allowed them to really stand out in a music scene which is plagued by so many similar-sounding acts to put off outsiders.
This is one which has them showing a great deal of progression to what people were used to before as they get down to one which takes on the high-tempo of things which was used extensively before, but it seems adapted somewhat as you get that in it they move things on by their choices in how to vary the music frequent in terms of how it is played and at what pace to show how the time has been spent trying to move things on.
5. "Florescent Adolescent"
This was one of the big singles form the album and I can't say that I really felt that much until I went through it when it was found within the actual album and I could really appreciate the fact that it fits right in with the way they have drawn-up this one in a style to bring back the years when Brit Pop was seen to dominate the popular music in the UK. It needs time to grow on you, but does its job well enough.
6. "Only Ones Who Know"
With this you get a track which has to be likened to one particular tune on the album prior to this which fans are bound to understand as it take son a much calmer and sombre format to contrast from the rest of what you get on the album. It isn't one which I can say I actually liked at all, but I'm sure that those who are more into the Indie style of music will appreciate it much more than I could.
7. "Do Me A Favour"
They choose to flip things yet again and get back to what they are good at as they return to the fast pace of things and build the music up gradually in order to give the listeners some time to really feel and appreciate each aspect of it before it is layered even more as Turner is seen to match this in the delivery of the song from a calm approach to much more power and energy as it gets on to later stages.
8. "This House Is A Circus"
With this one you get a frantic, and urgent tune from them which appears to take things to a new high as they get back into the groove and make sure that they make a big impact as they come with an energetic display where they are seen to take things back to 2006 with their debut, but do so in a manner which also sees a fair bit of progression and development in terms of the way it is composed and constructed.
9. "If You Were There, Beware"
With this you get them ripping through a jam where they ensure that their music is heard and engaged with as they come out with an exciting and attractive tune which pulls you right in as they try out even more of the new stuff as they seem to distance themselves from earlier music further. I can't say that I'm really for these adaptations, but I could feel the foundations of their style much more through this tune.
10. "The Bad Thing"
This was a popular track from the album and I have to say that it deserved the attention which it received (in spite of not coming out as a single) as you get them driving through a tune which has them showing how well they can put across these exciting displays to make the most out of the funkier Indie material which they make. It is one of the best from the album and sticks out within it as one to look out for.
11. "Old Yellow Bricks"
With this one you have them pounding away at the thing initially with kickdrums and an fly groove coming through on the guitar to act as a fresh riff for them to work off as they get down to some of the sort of material which had come just before it on the album and so with it you get a tune which takes from the best that they are able to do, but has them experimenting with this powerful, percussion-led recording.
The album ends with a song which I have to say that I wasn't really feeling. I felt that it was one which rounds off the album nicely and leads to closure with its calm-inducing feel, but I can't say that it did all that much to actually make tha much of an impact upon me as the tune is one which takes on a format which sounds quite unlike what we are used to with them, and so it is a bit of a shame to see it close in the way it does.
It is clear that this album doesn't compare to the pretty much flawless display which they came up with for their debut album and so it meant that they really had a challenge to build upon this to make for a tune which really takes things to another level. Although I can appreciate that they needed to progress the sound, the way that this was done wasn't in favour of their unique elements and made it sound much more generic than before, but still on the whole it is a strong (yet inconsistent) album from them.
So, how do you follow up the best debut album since Definately Maybe?
Well this is a pretty good try!! Not quite as good as "Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not" but a sterling attempt at the "difficult 2nd album" by the lads from Sheffield.
Starting off with a bang with the 100 miles per hour "Brianstorm", this album delivers more fast-paced lyrical wizardry, catchy hooks and hidden gems. It may not have the consistency of its predecessor, but the genius "Fluorescent Adolescence" and the calm, soulful "505" are highlights worthy of any album.
505 in particular showcases the bands continuing maturity (afterall they were very young when the first album was released) and their ability to change speeds and produce great tracks which are not based purely around the experiences of one night, adding this string to their bow is a strong sign that Arctic Monkeys have the talent to keep moving forward and will ensure they are with us for a long time.
Arctic Monkeys' second album was eagerly awaited by millions of listeners after their record breaking first album, with many struggling to see how it could live up to their magnificent first album. But Favourite Worst Nightmare proves to many doubters that What People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was not just a flukey first album. It shows that the Arctic Monkeys have matured a lot and grown out of their laddish music making ways, which was by no means bad. But altogether this album is much more musically challenging than their first album.
It kicks off with their first single off the album, Brianstorm, a fast paced, aggressive sort of track based on a person they met whilst touring. Apparently this guy's attitude and fashion sense was so strange yet cool they thought they had to write a song about him. This is a very good song to kick the album off but it's worn on me because of it being overplayed, like many singles on hit albums.
Teddy Picker continues the trend of upbeat melodies and sarcastic lyrics, with Alex Turner singing about his dismay at the modern focus on media-based opinions of the public. It's also a great track that helps the album on it's way and shows the band's musical and personal maturity.
The album continues in this way with D is for Dangerous, with more fast paced, aggressive riffs and drum beats and Alex Turner's unmistakeable vocal style. Balaclava brings more of a funky beat to the scene before breaking into the aggressive style again with lyrics basically portraying everything they were in Whatever People Say I Am.... The laddish culture of Britain today, I can't quite make out whether they're mocking this culture or simply putting it into words, but it's a fantastic track and one of the standout songs on the album.
Fluorescent Adolescent is the second single off the album, this time with a less aggressive musical style but still keeping up the fast drum patterns and sarcastic lyrics about sex.
Only Ones Who Know turns in a completely different direction, seemingly bridging into the second part of the album, it's a great ballad that, in my opinion, is up there with Mardy Bum of the first album with some thought provoking lyrics and brilliantly layered vocals. Another of the stand out tracks.
Do Me A Favour starts picking up the pace a bit after the very slow ballad of Only Ones Who Know, it's not up to the pace or aggression of the first few songs but sort of a midway point, with the Monkeys' seemingly showing that they have matured. This is a song where Alex Turner's strong Sheffield accent is heard a lot, and it does add to the song, with some great lyrics and a well structured song altogether.
This House is a Circus picks the pace up even more, getting back to the fast paces drum patterns and an amazing chorus that makes this another stand out tracks. This isn't quite as aggressive as some of the tracks on the album but certainly shows their musical proficiency off in a well structured and lyrically great track.
The next track, If You Were There, Beware, kind of feels like a filler track to me, probably the worst song on the album in my opinion. They have knocked down the pace a bit again on this song, somewhere in between Do Me A Favour and This House Is A Circus. There are some nice parts to the song but overall it's a decent song, but nothing special.
The Bad Thing reminds me quite a lot of the first album, with the laddish sort of lyrics, typical Alex Turner vocals and musically it is very reminiscent of the first album. It's a really good song with some quite amusing lyrics and a chorus that will be hard to get out of your head.
Old Yellow Bricks is another song that feels like a bridge into their next track, and it works perfectly. It lowers the pace a bit and doesn't overpower you with aggressive guitar riffs. It has a melodic, slow chorus to get you ready for 505, the final track on the album.
505 is another ballad-esque song to end the album, with Alex Turner playing a pipe organ in this song. It has some very sad lyrics with a melancholic feel to the whole song. It's another of my favourites on the album because of it's new direction from the old material. It's a very heartfelt song to end a brilliant album.
Overall this album shows that the Arctic Monkeys have matured in an effort to show the music community that they are a serious act and not just a fluke act that did well in their first album. I've got to say, it worked tremendously, because this is a promise that there are bigger and better things to come from the Arctic Monkeys, and they will continue to grow, both in fame and personally and musically.
Everyone can write a bad song, but i've yet to see Arctic Monkeys do so.
Favourite worst nightmare was the second album from the band the artic monkeys. Now the first album had been so good that perhaps it was a little too hard for the band to improve on their debut album and to pull another magical album out of the bag. And of course this was right, the album came out and although it was still a huge success it was no where near as good as the first one, it still contained strong tracks, but just didn't measure up to their first one.
The album still of course shot straight to number one in the UK, however unlike the two singles off their first album, which both achieved a number one, the three singles off this one didn't manage to make it to the top spot, the best success being Brainstorm which managed to reach number 2 in the charts.
Compared to the first album, is say they had changed their style a bit. There songs are now a lot faster, more rocky than ever before. All the songs on this album are quite fast and a lot louder than most of the songs off their first one. I also think there's not as much care taken in there lyrics to this album, they themselves agree that the album was rushed to record and I think this really shows.
2. Teddy Picker
3. D Is For Dangerous
5. Fluorescent Adolescent
6. Only Ones Who Know
7. Do Me A Favour
8. This House Is a Circus
9. If You Were There, Beware
10. The Bad Thing
11. Old Yellow Bricks
Brainstorm is quite a fast song, and perhaps one of the fastest off the album itself. Its one where your not sure what the lyrics are really about and so I struggle to really connect with this song as much, however its still a pretty good tune to bop your head along to.
Fluorescent Adolescent which was the next single to be released by the band is a little slower. It has a great bass line and guitar at the beginning as well as great drumming going all the way through the song. Personally I think this is their best song off the album, the lyrics to this one are pretty good and the whole arrangement to the song is great too.
Teddy picker was the third single, and also the last single to be released from this album and it also did the worst in the charts only reaching number 20. That is probably because its by no means their strongest song, I think its just a little bit slower version of brainstorm.
Another reason why this album is no where near as good as their first one is that many of the songs on this album sound similar, which you may expect from a lot of bands, but their first album contained so much unique tracks which were all brilliant in their own ways.
It may seem like iv put the album down a lot, and it may surprise you that I'm still giving this album 4 stars. That's just because despite it being no where near as good as their first, its still a great album well worthy of the four stars I'm putting upon it, and to be honest I think their first album was probably better than the 5 stars I gave that as well.
If you've not yet heard the artic monkeys then go and get the first album, you will enjoy it, but if you liked the first and expect the same again from the second then you may be a little disappointed.
The highly anticipated second album from the sheffield quartet named 'favourite worst nightmare ' , after playing their first album 'whatever people say I am thats what I'm not ' to absolute death . I simply couldnt wait for the release of this one . It was very hard to beat the first album , and after listening to the album ( favourite worst nightmare) for a good month or so , I just wanted to love it as much as I loved the first one , but I just couldnt - and thats the harsh reality .
Dont get me wrong 'brian storm ' and 'teddy picker' are songs that I really enjoy , but the thing with the first album was that you could listen and enjoy every single track because of their high quality .
It was less than 15 months after the first album before they brought this one out , and maybe they could and should have spent more time on it , but as an arctic monkeys fan myself I was dieing for this to come out so I cant really criticise .
In this year of 2009 there is news of a new album release sometime this year , I havent heard any of the tracks yet , and I cant see them being about british inner-city life anymore . Therefore its going to be very interesting to see what they deliver this year .
I would obviously reccomend it to any arctic monkeys or simply british music fan , as it has still remained a very popular album .
Well i have to say by the time this album was released i was fed up of hearing the Arctic Monkeys but with some of the belters on here it didnt take long to draw me back in!!!
Frontman Alex Turner's wiser-than-his years vocals snap and snarl with a cynical bite. His quick witted lyrical delivery, influenced by hip-hop, is just as fast as on the first record.
The music rockets along with amazing momentum helped by sharp dueling guitar lines by Turner and Jamie Cook.
The opener, Brianstorm, also the first single is an adrenaline charged belter with great riffs and amazing drumming. It really sets the tone for the album which is much darker than their debut.
The telling details of life in Sheffield seem to be gone for a wider perspective. Yet the best numbers on Favourite Worst Nightmare seem full of contempt like Teddy Picker a song about wanting to be famous but it not being all its cracked up to be.
More so than in the first album there are real moments of softness in songs such as 505 and the only ones who know which still somehow manage to maintain that dark feel.
all in all a great follow up which could never possibly be as good as the first album no matter what they did but i dont think anyone could be dissapointed.
Make no mistake, this is an excellent follow-up to a superb first album. First single 'Brianstorm' sets the tone from the outset, with a brilliant intro which builds to a crescendo before Alex Turner utters the immortal first line 'Brian, top marks for not trying'. 'Teddy Picker' keeps the magic going, and 'D is for Dangerous' again perfectly illustrates the band's ability to give every instrument its moment in the spotlight, with plenty of bass and cymbal to complement the usual main attractions of lead vocals and lead guitar. This song is also the one which includes the lines after which the album is named.
After the lyrically weird but musically great 'Balaclava' comes for me the weakest moment on the album, 'Fluorescent Adolescent', a caustic portrayal of a woman who is a bit past it. After the reflective 'Only Ones who Know' brings the first half of the album to a close, 'Do me a Favour' again builds beautifully to a dramatic end as Turner sings of the moment when he broke up with a girlfriend. I love 'do me a favour and ask if you need some help. she said 'do me a favour and stop flattering yourself''. Some have suggested that the second album's lyrics are not as good as the first, and whilst I would agree with that overall, they come a very close second.
The album finishes with the beautiful '505', in which Turner again brings love into the equation. I guess this is the biggest contrast overall between the two offerings - whilst the first features lads going out drinking and their adventures along the way, the second is far more reflective and, dare, I say, mature! All in all as I say an excellent second album, and like many others I cannot wait for more in the summer.
When your debut album sells as well as the Arctic Monkeys did; you're always going to have problems when it comes to album number two, particularly when your first studio album is incredibly over-hyped and over-praised. 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' is the second studio album from the Arctic Monkeys and was released through Domino Records in April 2007. The Arctic Monkeys debut album is pretty good; I'll give the band that, it's still not great though, and second album 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' isn't even anywhere near as good as the first. It's an okay album, nothing greater than average however and listening to 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' provides for a really rather bland overall listening experience. There are twelve tracks present here and I'd say that the Arctic Monkeys is here slightly greater than average at best, and horribly boring at worst.
There are some decent enough tracks present here, 'Brianstorm' kicks the album off well for instance, 'Teddy Picker' is a fairly entertaining second track, and there are a couple of other reasonable indie rock tunes scattered throughout the album; it's never great though and for the most part is in fact incredibly mediocre. So many filler tracks are present here and the album is therefore just incredibly flat. 'D Is for Dangerous' has a great title, the tracks not up to much however and it's this kind of bland indie that riddles the 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' album. 'If You Were There, Beware' is yet another tediously dull track from the album, and most of the time it is these sorts of tracks that you have to listen to here. None of the tracks are bad as such, they're okay and everything; they just don't really stand out or make you want to dance like the tracks from the band's first album did. 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' contained quite a lot of fun indie tracks with exceptional choruses, there's far less of that here however and the album often lacks energy and excitement.
'The Bad Thing' is another decent enough track, it's the third from final track on the album and quite fun and danceable during its introduction, even this one has its bland parts however, and when lead singer Alex Turner is merely talking at you he has such a dreary tone that it's therefore incredibly difficult to ever feel particularly entertained. Were there a little more about the instrumental element then perhaps the band would pull it off a little better, instrumentally there's nothing particularly special here however and although there are a couple of decent guitar riffs thrown into the mix; for the most part the instrumental section is just a bit rubbish. Everything about the album just feels distinctly average and never here does the music of the Arctic Monkeys ever seem to get properly going. The band is incredibly unadventurous throughout the entirety of this album, the music has little of a lasting impact and many of the tracks present here just aren't particularly good.
Listening to 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' is certainly not an entertaining listening experience, at its weakest points the album has me nodding off, and with its better moments has me raising a slight but not particularly well formed smile. I could bear this music if I was listening to it in an indie club, I doubt I'd be dancing however and probably in fact would be waiting patiently for the next track to come on whilst hoping it was a little more exciting. I've heard worse albums than this, then again I've also heard a lot better, and with the Arctic Monkeys having released a pretty decent debut album I have to say that I was hoping for a lot more than this with album number two.
If you liked the band's first album then you might like 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' or you might not; I like the band's first album and can't say I'm particularly enthused by this second one, it's just a bit too much on the boring side. It's like listening to the band's first album but with most of the fun taken out of the music, structurally the tracks are still decent enough, they're just very bland. It's still an indie rock album, just not as good an indie rock album and one with which the band does in fact just seem to have run out of ideas a little. Keep an eye out for album number three, in the mean time however; just keep listening to album number one and ignore 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' if you haven't already listened to it, it's probably for the best.
Label: Domino Records
Release Date: April 18th 2007
Price: £8.98 (Amazon.co.uk)
Difficult second album syndrome is usually a headache for a lot of bands. There have been plenty of bands in recent years that I have listened to their second albums and been hugely disappointed. (Take note Razorlight and killers) So I was naturally very skeptical about the release of Arctic Monkeys second album, thinking this may happen again.
I was plesently suprised though.
The second album is amazing again! I couldn't believe it. Granted I didn't and still don't think that it is as good as the first album they released, however still find this album to be amazing.
Stand out songs off the album include opening song Brianstorm (with so much energy you can shake a stick at) Teddy picker, Balaclava and 505.
For me though the thing i did not like about this album is that it just did not have as many songs that really captured my interest as much as their debut did. Don't get me wrong this album is still brilliant, however I still just miss the raw energy that the debut album had.
After playing "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" repeatedly for over a year, I was absolutely petrified on the day Favourite Worst Nightmare was released that it wouldn't be able to meet the high standards set by its predecessor. I needn't have worried - Favourite Worst Nightmare manages to enthrall and encapture you in the power of Alex Turner's voice, and songs such as Fluorescent Adolescent are lyrically witty, serving to remind why the Arctic Monkeys are one of the most popular bands of the decade. With quips like "The kids all dream of making it, whatever that means", Turner's sarcasm manages to provide an accurate social commentary. Along with the unique vocals, the symphony of instruments sounds amazing, with Helder's drumming ability particularly noteworthy - there are very few better than him in the business. If you like the Strokes, The Libertines, We Are Scientists or The Rascals, then this is the album for you.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Teddy Picker
3 D Is For Dangerous
5 Fluorescent Adolescent
6 Only Ones Who Know
7 Do Me A Favour
8 This House Is a Circus
9 If You Were There, Beware
10 The Bad Thing
11 Old Yellow Bricks