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Well, well, well, Turner and his boys have done it again. Another cracking album. This time around they worked with James Ford, as with Humbug and Favourite Worst Nightmare. The whole thing though this time is more 'vintage' and deffiantly more 'pop'. Full of random yet wonderful lyrics, memorable guitar riffs and strong basslines this album still has that Monekys sound to it.
Starting with the lyrics, Alex has yet again done a great job on this album. I once read somewhere 'It's easier to understand inception on acid than alot of alex's lyrics', which is true, but there is still something great about them that let's just about anyone relate to them. There are a few exceptions though, and one real stinker in particular on this album, 'brick by brick'. The song's lyrics mainly consist of the title being shouted over a distorted guitar riff and loud drums. Im not sure where the inspiration came from for that, but i'll let it slip.
Now is it the same as there previous album's? Definatly not, would you buy it if it was? This album is as iv'e mentioned is more 'pop' oriented in most songs, a few however, such as Libary Pictures are deffinalty rock songs. Overall though it's not as dark as humbug, and not as rushed and upbeat as their first two albums. It's almost in between.
The songwriting and musicianship has definatly improved as the band has gone on, the guitar's are alot more melodic and well structured, although this was happening in humbug aswell. One thing i like back on this album is Helders strong drumming which i didn't feel was shown too well on humbug as he is actually probably the best drummer of his generation. All nick's bass is strong throughout and actually often features as the main riff in most songs.
Hmm, i would have to say 'Libary Pictures' for it's big rock feel and loud guitars. The lyrics are also very cleverly written and overall get's you banging your head when it kicks in. Another favourite is 'Love Is A Lazorquest' which features Turners songwriting at it's best, a real heartfelt song with beautiful melodies. I can really feel the emotion in this one.
The album cover, ironicly is one of the best in my record collection in my opinion, despite the plain pale coloured background with simple text. I think it's genius.
So to finish, would i recommend this for any Arctic Monekys fan? Yes deffinatly, sure it's differant and give it a few tries before you decide as it deffinaty grows on you. Overall another a great album from the boys, and hopefully more to come.
*This review is also on my ciao, under the username TheMorningRain.
Arctic Monkeys return in 2011 with their fourth album "Suck It And See". The band faces slight criticism from some of their more casual fans with their previous album "Humbug" which was a complete change in direction compared to their first album. Many fans would like the band to return to their original sound of "Whatever People Say I Am" but other fans like the new mature and evolving sound of the band. "Suck It And See" has a mix of their previous three albums although you can definatly see progression in Alex Turner's songwriting and the production on this album is imense.
Opening track "She's Thunderstorms" is the perfect start, a laid back and mellow track with with a pining chorus. (9/10)
The next track "Black Treacle" is classic Arctic Monkeys, lyrics about "Belly Button Piercings" really showcase Turner's usual random yet perfect lyrics, this track probably has the catchies chorus on the entire album and definatly the most radio-friendly song on the album.. (10/10)
Track number 3 is "Brick By Brick" which the band previewed several months before the album was released and it created a bit of a buzz online. Pretty much unlike anything they have done before and quite a heavly guitar/rock type song, the lyrics are not the greatest either and it comes across as something that could have been written in ten minutes. This is definatly one song that you're either going to love or hate. (6/10).
The interestingly titled "The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala" is up next and I think this takes a few listens before you realise how amazing the song is. It slowly builds up and reaches a fantastic climax and is worthy of being a single (10/10).
"Don't Sit Down Cause I've Moved Your Chair" is up next and this was the lead single from the ablum. Upon first listen I was slightly dissapointed with the song, comparing it with classic lead singles ("I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" and "Brianstorm") this song is nowhere as good. However the lyrics are the definate highlights but I feel that there are better songs on the album that should have been the lead single (7/10).
"All My Own Stunts" comes along next and for me, this is probably my least favourite song on the album, it is is the same style as "Brick By Brick" and "Don't Sit Down" but it has something missing that the other two songs have. I think this song definatly splits the fans as some fans declare this as the best song on the album whereas others say it's the weakest, i'm afraid I agree with the latter (5/10).
"Library Pictures", heavy, rocky, loud, standout. If you liked previous songs like "This House Is A Circus" and "Brianstorm" you will love this. (10/10).
"Reckless Serenade", this song is a nice slice of pop, the verses are laid back, and it builds up to a nice poppy chorus. Nothing else to say about it really (9/10).
"Piledriver Waltz". This song appeard on Turner's solo EP (Submarine OST) and has been re-vamped on this album and the boys have done a fantastic job with it. I much prefer this version to the solo version. I have to say that this is probably my favourite song on the album it's an easy listening love song. Beautiful (10/10). TOP TRACK.
"Love Is A Laserquest", a nice dreamy song with a gorgeous melody which climaxes towards the end of the song. I can't see this being released as a single but it's a definatly highlight for sure (10/10).
"Suck It And See" Guitars and Pop, perfect. This song was released as the third single and had an amazing video which accompanied the song. When I first heard it I wasn't sure about the song, I thought it lacked something but upon repeated listens I grew to like it and it is up there with the best of them (10/10).
"That's Where You're Wrong". Arctic Monkeys have a hapit of putting AMAZING songs as the closing tracks on their albums (e.g. A Certain Romance, 505, The Jewellers Hands") so I was much looking forward to what this song would be like. Although I do like this song, it doesn't compete with the other 3 closing songs on previous albums and I believe "Love Is a Laserquest" would have been a much better closer. However, the song isn't bad by any means, it just doesn't feel like the closing of the album (9/10).
OVERALL. A fantastic album where every single song is listenable, compared to their last album "Suck It And See" is much more instant and pop and probably favoured by their casual fans, however people who want them to return to the sound of their first album will be sadly dissapointed. Arctic Monkeys have progresed and matured on this, their fourth album and it's no wonder they are one of the biggest and respected indie bands in the UK. Each album brings something different and "Suck It And See" is proof of that. An amazing album and even though it was released 9 months ago, it is still my favourite album of the the last year.
The Arctic Monkeys have now taken over from Oasis as Britain's best loved Indie-Pop band but not everyone was happy with their previous effort, Humbug. Why? I thought it was a fantastic step in a new direction, exploring a darker shade of music borne from their desire to work with QOTSA frontman Josh Homme. All these stupid people who continuously ask why they don't make another album like the first are annoying. THEY ARE NOT 18 YEAR OLDS ANYMORE. GET IT!!!
For me, Alex Turner is the greatest lyricist of his generation and in new album Suck It and See, he pins you down in a world of wordplay that appears beyond his years. Anyway, how do I rate their new album? Well it could be their best. Turner has a knack for turning simple chord progressions into beautiful imagery set in the backdrop of modern day life and subsequently, producing great pop songs. His girlfriend has recently said that rather than read a book he would sit and read a dictionary. The guy is a genius.
The album is very different to anything else they have done before; it is the most melodic and grown up album they have produced. I strongly recommend anyone listen to it, especially if you are a lover of the English language. Along with Helplessness Blues, Circuital and Wasting Light, it is one of the albums of the year.
Standout track - Piledriver Waltz
I listened to 'Suck It And See' before Arctic Monkey's earlier material, and perhaps for this reason, I was less biased, as I had no idea whether I liked there earlier style, and would be 'annoyed' at this new style.
After listening to the album the first time round, I found it very boring, as Alex Turner's voice wasn't really coming through to well, and the songs seemed very slow-paced, and overall dull.
After a few more listens however, 'Suck It And See' has really grown on me, and is now on regular play.
Rather than my initial thoughts that Turner's voice seemed to be underselling itself, I now think it is a very peaceful, emotional voice.
The key tracks for me on the album are 'All My Own Stunts' 'Piledriver Waltz' and 'Love Is A Laserquest'. Love is a laserquest is a very moving song, sung beautifully and one where it can move you to tears. Talking about a past lover which was more than just a fling, there are the heart-breaking lines, 'Well I'm not being honest, I'll pretend that you were just some lover'.
Suck It And See is Sheffield band Artic Monkeys fourth album and it seems like an age since they first burst on the seen with classics such as 'I bet you look good on the dancefloor' and 'When the sun goes down'. Each of the bands subsequent albums since the first album has had a progressively different sound as the band members have grown and tried different styles of music.
Suck and See was released on the 6th of June 2011 and compared with the last album is a lot more light hearted and has a popier sound. There are 12 songs on the album, with a total running time of around 40 minutes. The sound may have changed over the years, but the Arctic Monkeys still have a knack of producing short, sharp catches numbers.
I have been listening to the album since the first week of it's release and it was far from love at first listen. This once is a definite grower, but I always find that those albums turn out to be the ones that you end up falling in love with. It probably wasn't until listen number 4 or 5 that I started to fall in love with the guitar rifts, drum beats and lyrics this album has to offer. My personal favourites on the album are "The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala", "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair", "Piledriver Waltz" and "Suck It And See".
So the album might not be packed with the instant hits that the 1st and to an extent the 2nd album are, but I think as the band have got older, I too have grown older with them and I am enjoying the more laid back songs that they have written for their 4th album. If you have the album and have listened to it and haven't been impressed then I would urge you to stick with it and I'm sure, like me, you will grow to love it.
~ Track Listing ~
1. "She's Thunderstorms"
2. "Black Treacle"
3. "Brick by Brick"
4. "The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala"
5. "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair"
6. "Library Pictures"
7. "All My Own Stunts"
8. "Reckless Serenade"
9. "Piledriver Waltz"
10. "Love Is a Laserquest"
11. "Suck It and See"
12. "That's Where You're Wrong"
Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See - Album Review -
It's been a while since I last did a review, and to get me back into the trend, I have decided to write an review on an album from one of my favourite bands - 'Suck It And See' by 'The Arctic Monkeys'.
Who are 'The Arctic Monkeys'?
For those who aren't aware of who The Arctic Monkeys are - they are a four-peice band consisting of Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O'Malley and Matt Helders. The members of the band hail from Sheffield, England, and have been together as an Alternative/Indie Rock band since 2002, and have released 4 albums, and several EP's. The Arctic Monkeys have became more successful over the years, with their first album 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' being a quadruple platinum album. The Arctic Monkeys are now one of the most successful bands of all time, in fact, they have recently headlined Scotland's biggest music festival - T In The Park last friday night, where they received a positive review of '52/70' in terms of performance.
Suck It And See
'Suck It And See' is the fourth studio album from the band, and is most probably the worst album that they have put together. Even the album's artwork - made noticible by it's baige-coloured cover, with the words 'Suck It And See' written slap-bang in the middle - is very bland. With the 'Arctic Monkeys' being one of my favourite bands, this album came as a great dissapointment, although there are a few decent songs on the album that are typical 'Monkeys tracks, although the majority of them aren't. I shall leave you to have an opinion on the album for yourself's after reading the track by track review -
1. She's Thunderstorms - The first track on the album begins with a rather eery tone, with the guitar's pitch being raised higher and back down again. The vocals enter at about 19 seconds of the song, and to be honest, they aren't extremely convincing - Alex Turner (vocalist/lead guitarist) sounds as if he is recovering from having a bad throat, the vocals sound lower and slightly less careful than the vocals on the 'Arctic Monkeys' last album did. The vocals in the song are hard to be made clear of at certain parts, although the vocals do improve up and till the song reaches 1:58, where the vocals sound slightyl out-of-tune, they do pick up again however. The instrumental input in this track is rather good, with the ending of the song having a fairly convincing guitar-solo and good drum-playing - I would say this is the highlight of the track. It isn't the worst I've heard the 'Monkeys do, as the lyrics (when you can actually understand them) are quite good, as is the instrumental part, although the vocals are most-definately the weak point to the song.
Overall Rating - 6/7/10.
2. Black Treacle - This track starts of with a very simple guitar riff, and the vocals enter at around 5 seconds in to the song. The vocals on this track are of much better quality than 'She's Thunderstorms', as they involve a greater clarity and are sang at a higher volume. The lyrics, much like the rest of the lyrics in the songs on this album, don't make much sense at the start of the song. The opening line is 'Lately I've been seeing things, belly-button piercings, in the sky, at night', which doesn't make any direct relevance. The chorus is very strange - 'the sky looks sticky just like Black Treacle'. The lyrics are very strange, but they make slightly more sense to lyrics on the other tracks. The instrumental part of the song isn't overly impressive, with a fairly simple guitar riff repeated throughout the start of the song, which changes later on as the drums etc, enter. The song sounds like something from the 90's, which isn't a bad thing, except the 'Arctic Monkeys' aren't a 90's band, and they've took a different route with this track, and it doesn't seem to work extremely well. This song isn't one that I've listened to many times, and I don't intend to. It seems like one of those tracks that are just on the album to fill a gap.
Overall Rating - 4/10.
3. Brick By Brick - This happens to be one of my favourites on the album. The lyrics are very simple, and are easy to understand. The opening line (being the chorus) sings 'I wanna build you up, brick by brick, I wanna break you down, brick by brick, I'm gonna re-construct, brick by brick, I wanna feel your love, brick by brick'. To me this is a very simple chorus, but is sang in a different way to the rest of the tracks on the album. This song involves a sort of musical 'Question and Answer' with the vocals, as, for example, when 'I wanna build you up' is sang, the vocals answer with 'brick by brick' in a much lower volume and a more mellow tone-of-voice. This is a rather clever idea within this song - I think that's what makes it stand out. The instrumental side of this track is also extremely well constructed, and there are some impressive riffs, as well as Matt Helder's impressive drum ability. The ending of the song is also very good, and the song goes out with a bang. The music slows down around the 1.35 minute mark, and the vocals are much softer, as is the instrumental. A short pause is given and the instrumental, along with the vocals speed up once again, and make the ending of the song, rather superb. In terms of lyrics, they are very simple, but work well. The vocals aren't bad either, Alex Turner's voice suits this slightly more 'Rocky' style that this song possesses. The chorus is made up cleverly, and the guitar-playing is very well structured, too.
Definately one of the better tracks - 8/10.
4. The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala - This is the second single that the 'Arctic Monkeys' have released from their fourth studio album. Like most of the songs on the album, the track title is very, err .. different. As if the title couldn't be any worse than 'Don't Sit Down Cause' I've Moved Your Chair'. The song starts off with a rather rough-sounding bass guitar sound - it sounds as if the bass guitar is still being tuned even after the song begins. Quickly after this, we hear the drum sticks counting '1 2 3 4', and then comes a soft-sounding riff which carries on until around 23 seconds, and the vocals enter. There seems to be a fair bit happening at the start of the song, and I'm not sure if that's too much of a good idea, it may sound a little cluttered.
5. Don't Sit Down Cause' I've Moved Your Chair - This was the lead single for 'Suck It And See' and I think this song really shows what a wild and whacky album it's going to be. The track starts off with a similar riff to 'She's Thunderstorms' but in a more modulated key. The riff at the start gives the song an eerie feeling early on, but you certainly don't feel 'eerie' throughout the song, you're basically sat thinking 'what the ..' About 7 seconds in to the song, the vocals begin to sing the lyrics 'break a mirror, roll a dice, run with scissors through a chip van fire-fight'. These lyrics make no sense at all - I actually laughed when I heard them first for the first time! About 40 seconds in, the drums and more guitar enter. At first they sound quite clashy, but as the volume of the instruments qeuiten down a little, they sound much more in-sync and well-played. The vocals in this song aren't too bad, much like the instrumental part. The vocals and instrumental aren't the best on the album, but they are better than certain previous tracks. I think the thing that stands out the most in this track is the lyrics - they're absolutely crazy! Overall, this song is one of the better tracks on the album, and the song does get stuck in your head after a while. The lyrics are, uhh .. interesting, and I'm sure they have some meaning, but I just can't figure out what, haha.
Overall Rating - 8/10.
6. Library Pictures - The sixth track on the album starts off in a rather odd fashion. There is a quiet drum beat that goes on for about 5 seconds and the lyrics 'And in a vest' are heard, sang in a very low volume - I don't see the point in the start of the song - Anyway, about 6 seconds in the drums begin to play louder, and the vocals enter in not long after. The lyrics in this song are once again very odd, with one of the lines being 'Library pictures of the quickening canoe, first of it's kind to get to the moon'; very strange! There is a lot of drum-playing in this song, which goes along with it quite well. There are several guitar riffs, which sound a little ear-piercing at points. The vocals aren't too bad on this track either, except towards the start they sound like they've been auto-tuned slightly, or they are aided with some sort of peice of electronic musical equiptment - the vocals also echo slightly at the end of the words in the chorus. The ending of the song has a fast guitar riff which ends the song on a high note. This is the shortest song on the album, being only 2.22 minutes long, and it feels like it's just been placed on the album to fill the time slot.
Not the worst song, just seems like a filler, to be honest.
Overall Rating - 5/10.
7. All My Own Stunts - This song starts off, with a fair bit going on at first. The sound of a guitar being tuned is heard, and about 10 seconds into the song, the guitar begins to play a speedy riff, which gradually gets louder. The vocals on this track aren't overly impressive, they sound rather echoey and there are backing vocals present in certain parts, unless I'm mistaken. The guitar riffs on the song are pretty good - They are about the best thing on the track! The lyrics are more simple on this track, and can be heard with clarity, but to be honest, listening to this track, I never really took notice of the lyrics as the vocals didn't appeal to me. The song slows down towards the end with a good instrumental peice with the vocals singing 'ohhhoohhhhh' over and over again. The instrumental speeds up before the end of the song, with some sounds I haven't heard on the guitar before. There is a silence 10 seconds before the end of the track which is a bit strange, which makes the ending a little more dissapointing after some decent playing.
Not really a track I'm going to listen to much.
Overall Rating - 5/10.
8. Reckless Serenade - This song starts off with a rather odd-sounding bass-guitar riff, which sounds kind of flat. The vocals enter in at about 8 seconds in to the song, with the fire line being 'Topless models' - and who ever said the 'Arctic Monkeys' hadn't matured? The vocals in this song are probably the best part of the song; they are more mellow and sound like they are aiming to be sang properly. The lyrics are also better than other songs such as 'Don't Sit Down Cause' I've Moved Your Chair' and 'The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala' - they actually make some sense! The main chorus line sings - 'I've been trying to figure out what it is I need, tried to listen to the voice of reason'. There is more meaning to the lyrics in this song, and they can be made sense of, compared to other songs. The instrumental side of the song let's the track down though, up and till about 2 minutes of the song, there is no impressive guitar playing or anything, but when the song reaches just over the 2 minutes mark, there is a fairly good riff, which sounds like a typical 'Monkeys riff. This song is just one of those songs that isn't going to be released as a single, but isn't the worst track on the album. The vocals and lyrics are about the best part to the song. Not a too-bad track.
Overall Rating - 7/10.
9. Piledriver Waltz - This song starts off with a slow, sweet guitar riff, which changes when the vocals enter. A tambourine can also be heard in the background, which is something that I don't think the 'Arctic Monkeys' have used before. The vocals enter about 20 seconds in to the song, and I am impressed with the vocals with this track. They have a more mellow tone to them, and they are much more clear and easy to understand compared to vocals on certain other tracks. When I first read the name 'Pildriver Waltz' I wasn't too sure what the song was going to be about, it's all a little confusing. This songs vocals are actually pretty well put together, although at first I was a little dazed at what some of them were meant to be about, but after listening to the track a few times, you get the jist. There is a line that sings 'You look like you've been for breakfast at the Heartbreak Hotel', a little Elvis Presley reference, which I never thought I'd see the 'Arctic Monkeys' include in one of their songs! The ending to the song is probably the best part of the song, as there is a long musical peice to finish the track off, which last around 50 seconds, and it includes several percussion instruments: drums, tambourine, and something else unless I'm mistaken, along with the lead guitar and bass guitar. The 'Arctic Monkeys' don't usually have big instrumental endings, but the peice at the end of the song works well with the rest of the song, except the final 10 seconds that sounds like a peice of machinery switching off (presumably the Piledriver). This isn't my favourite song on the album, but it has some strong vocals, and some great instrumental playing.
Overall Rating - 8/10.
10. Love Is A Laserquest - This song starts off with a slow, sweet drum-riff until about 14 seconds in to the track where the vocals enter. When I first heard the vocals, I was skeptical about them, however, after listening to the track a few times, I think that the lyrics are actually produced with more care and a more mellow tone, which adds to the romantic ambience that the song is all about (well, the lyrics). The lyrics in this song are very good compared to lyrics on other tracks, they seem to tell a story of love. One line sings 'I'm not being honest, I pretend that you were just some lover'. The lyrics aren't complicated in this song at all, and can be understood when you think about them. This song is probably one of the better tracks on the album, althouh it isn't really typical 'Monkeys style, but I think it works well. There are some pretty slow yet sweet riffs towards the end of the song which work well with the rest of the song and the lyrics.
One of my favourites on the album.
Overall Rating - 8/10.
11. Suck It And See - 'Suck It And See' is the title of the album, as well as this song, so it is expected to be a fairly-decent track, and it almost lives up to expectations. The song starts with the sound of the guitar counting '1 2 3 4' and in comes the vocals early on in to the song. The first line sings 'Your love is like a studded, leather headlock', which makes you think 'What?' (like most lyrics on the albums tracks!). At this point in the album, I'm tired of trying to think what all the lyrics mean, after having very odd lyrics on most of the tracks! The guitar-playing reminds me of that on 'She's Thunderstorms' with the same sort of riff being played. The vocals on this track aren't overly special, but they have good diction and clarity, they aren't too loud however, but the lyrics can be made sense of, well, you can hear them well enough anyway! The end of the song sounds rather old-fashioned - I think the 'Arctic Monkeys' have produced several songs on this album that are sort of old-fashioned sounding, and they work. The ending is a good one, with the guitar-playing becomer calmer as the song fades out. I think this track should be the last one on the album, as it is the title track and has a better ending.
Not a bad track.
Overall Rating - 7/10.
12. That's Where You're Wrong - The last song on the album 'That's Where You're Wrong' is one of the better tracks on the album. The riff of the guitar at the beginning of the song reminds me of something that Blink 182 would play (if you heard the riff you'd understand, haha). It doesn't really sound like something the 'Arctic Monkey's would usually play, but I guess with this album, anything can be expected. The instrumental part of the song is most-probably the highlight, as there is some pretty good guitar-playing, and some pretty good drum-playing, also! Alex Turner's voice reminds me of Liam Gallagher's (Oasis, Beady Eye), most-probably due to his accent. The vocals aren't overly impressive, it seems like because this track is the last one on the album, the vocals don't need to be given much thought, this is what let's the track down. The lyrics are good, and have a catchy chorus, repeating the words 'That's Where You're Wrong' sang in different ways each time. This song actually finishes around 15 seconds before the actual track finishes, which means that the ending to the song is fairly dissapointing, thus meaning that the ending of the album and the album overall is rather dissapointing. Some pretty good instrumental-playing, not the best song on the album though.
Overall Rating - 6/10.
Before writing this review, I was very skeptical about whether I liked the album or not. It definately isn't the best 'Arctic Monkeys' album by far, but after listening to each track a number of times whilst reviewing each of them one by one, I have come to terms that this really isn't a terrible album at all. I did expect more from the 'Monkeys, but considering their last album wasn't much to go by, I guess I didn't expect as much. The 'Arctic Monkeys' have made it as a very big band in the UK and their fourth album isn't really doing them an infinate amount of favours, but I can see now that there are some decent tracks (a few more than I thought there would be) and some pretty impressive instrument-playing! The lyrics on some of the tracks leave you dazed and confused, for example, the lyrics on 'Don't Sit Down Cause' I've Moved Your Chair'. Lyrics on songs such as 'Brick by Brick' are quite simple, but they work well. The lyrics on 'Love Is A Laserquest' are impressive as they tell the story of love from the experience of 'Monkeys frontman - Alex Turner. On the subject of Turner himself, his vocals have changed a lot since the first couple of albums, and even the last 'Arctic Monkeys' album. There are tracks where his voice shows signs of great dexterity, although there are others where the vocals aren't taken with much care. The vocals on the last song sound similar to Liam Gallagher's singing voice (mentioned previously in the review), which isn't a bad thing, but the vocals aren't too similar on each of the tracks. That could be classed as a good thing, however the vocals aren't really proper 'Monkeys vocals and the lyrics won't get stuck in your head as much as previous song-lyrics would. The instrumental side of the album on a whole is impressive. Alex Turner and Jamie Cook's guitar-playing ability is very positive, as is Matt Helder's drum-playing. There are certain tracks such as 'Don't Sit Down Cause' I've Moved Your Chair' where the instrumental makes the song stand out, and there are a couple of others where the instrumental isn't so good, but the vocals stand out slightly more. The 'Monkeys have included some strange-sounding sounds on the album, for example, the opening to 'The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala', which is rather ear-piercing. The 'Monkeys also introduced the tambourine on 'Piledriver Waltz' which shows that they are experimenting different instruments, as well as lyrics and different vocal tones.
This album seems to have a degree of experimentation involved in it, which hasn't succeeded with every track. Some tracks stand out much better than others, and there are some which you will hardly listen to, but I guess this is usually the case with most albums. I have a feeling that the 'Arctic Monkeys' next album will have a bigger breakthrough than this album. If you are an avid 'Arctic Monkeys' fan like myself, then you will buy the album. You will most probably be slightly dissapointed with the album, but there are tracks you will take a liking too. The choice is yours though.
Place Of Purchase
I purchased my copy of 'Suck It And See' on iTunes for £7.99, which is a little expensive for an album that isn't overly impressive. You can purchase the album in supermarkets, e.g. Asda, Tesco, or shops such as HMV. Play.com and Amazon are also good websites to purchase the album from, for a fair price. I do not reccomend spending anymore than around £6 or £7 on the album as it is not the best album that the 'Arctic Monkeys' have produced.
The album was released in the UK on the 6th of June 2011.
- The full length of the album is 40:09 minutes long.
- The album was recorded from late 2010 - early 2011.
- This is the 4th 'Arctic Monkeys' album.
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Another Arctic Monkeys album means more music that I can replay to my self all day. I'm just going to review each track on the Album in a few sentences to keep it easy.
--She's Thunderstorms (8.5/10) --
It's a great star to the album, I'm no musician and don't know many technical words about it the guitar play at the beginning of this song is epic and is 2nd favourite on the album
--Black Treacle (8.6/10)--
The lyrics to this are great and catchy, especially the chorus, I don't know what else to say really.
--Brick by Brick (9.1/10)--
I heard this on youtube at first though it wasn't the best of songs but it will grow on you as it does the fitting in well with the album greatly. The reason why the rating is high is becuase it gets better every time you listen to it.
--The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala (7.3/10)--
Not the best in the album, but don't get me wrong I will listen to it happily. Just seems to slow down dramatically since you would of just heard 'Brick by Brick'
--Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair (9.5/10)--
The lyrics are just so random it's great, you don't want to sing along with it though you do get some looks of people thinking ''What the hell!?'' It also has a great guitar riff included to make this one of the best on the album. I remember sitting anxiously at 6.30pm waiting for BBC 1 radio's Zane Lowe to play this, I wasn't disappointed
--Library Pictures (9/10)--
This is definitely the most fast past rock song on the album in my opinion, then it slows down dramatically and somehow maintains it's greatness. They also sing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 and make it sound acceptable, How? It is definitely the quote the song ''an ip, dip, dog s**t rock and roll''
--All My Own Stunts (9.8/10)--
This is my favourite, it reminds me off their first studio album 'Whatever People Say I Am , That's What I'm Not'. Although I do believe it is a love it or hate it song and in my case I obviously love it.
--Reckless Serenade (7.2/10)--
I can't exactly remember this one form memory, but it is alright I supposed. It's obviously not a remember-able song to me. I have just played it now and it's is a good chorus for moderately good song.
--Piledriver Waltz (9.3/10)--
I first heard this on Alex Turners Submarine LP and it was easily the best on there. Probably why they did they're own cover of it for their album, making it slightly more fast paced. The lyrics are also great ''You look like you've been for breakfast at the Heartbreak Hotel'' Not to sure if it's a reference to Elvis Presley's title ''Heartbreak Hotel''
--Love is a Laserquest (7.2/10)--
I don't no what to say about this really other than it's slowly paced than most other songs in this album.
--Suck It and See (9.4/10)--
It's good and it definitely lets you know that the album is ending with the chorus, which is a bad thing really :( that is not to say it's the bad or it's the last song.
--That's Where You're Wrong (9.4/10)--
It feels like a direct lead up from the previous song upping the beat more and greatly changing mood form the other one while keeping the same tone of voice when they sing.
Arctic Monkeys' last record, 2009's 'Humbug', was a behemoth of an album. Structured, layered and produced to the hilt, it was - like the Sheffield band's two previous LPs - adored by critics. The difference this time was that the record was met with indifference by so many former Monkeys fans, who had championed the quartet's earlier work so loudly. Produced in the American desert by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, 'Humbug' was labelled their 'mature' album, the tag probably coming about because it took such a dedicated listener to stick with its dense sound for the rewards it eventually reaped.
'Suck It and See', then, is something of a return to familiar form. The Arctics' fourth album in six years, it favours live recordings over heavy production and over-dubbing and is much more readily accessible for it. The style is still more 'Humbug' than anything else, but then that was a huge step forward for the band in terms of musical craft and there'd be no sense in going backwards.
First record 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' was, though one of the best albums of all time lyrically, a bit musically one-note. Subsequent records have improved on that lo-fi debut, from '60s-tinged follow up 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' to the dark rock experiment that was the opinion-dividing 'Humbug', culminating in this brilliantly diverse fourth album. Arctic Monkeys have - on 'Suck It and See' - reached completion in their journey to musical proficiency. They've created something all the more impressive considering it was dreamt up by the standard two guitarists, drummer and vocalist, in a market where most other guitar bands can only churn out the same tune over and over again.
Fresh from the smart, simple wordsmithery of his dreamy 'Submarine' solo project, frontman Alex Turner has returned to his band with a clutch of poignant love songs and wig-out rockers that feel like 'Humbug' off-cuts (in the best possible sense). He's also fully embraced the enigmatic, more poetic writing style we first heard evidence of on their third record.
Where they used to tell tales of commonplace things - nights out, heavy drinking and taxi rides home - with a witty punch, Arctic Monkeys are now more likely to be found spinning yarns of a girl that's "thunderstorms" who's "loop the looping around my mind" (on 'She's Thunderstorms', the desert rock-ish album opener). It's all a far cry from singing about trying to pull on a night out, stuff that the average listener could relate to. A debate may rage: are Turner's new lyrics poetry or nonsense?
He's certainly no longer the social realist he was on 'Whatever' or 'Favourite' (though 'Love is a Laser Quest' has parallels of that early work). Instead, he increasingly has an ear for the absurd, for the experimental - I suspect the "Thundersuckle fuzz canyon" referred to on 'Library Pictures', though cool-sounding, doesn't really mean anything.
It's frustrating because Turner is rightly renowned for his talent at writing about the real in such an exciting way, and there are numerous examples amidst all the musical finesse. Matt Helders thrashes the drums harder than ever now - have a listen to the gargantuan beats on 'Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair' - and there's expert, emotive guitar work abound from Jamie Cook, his best yet, like on 'Black Treacle' and the 'Brianstorm'-esque 'Library Pictures'. But 'Black Treacle's chorus is "Now it's getting dark and the sky looks sticky, more like black treacle than tar" and 'Library Pictures' features lines like "Library pictures of the quickening canoe, the first of its kind to get to the moon" - strings of phrases that may mean absolutely nothing at all. 'Library Pictures' is the worst culprit and this album's 'Pretty Visitors'; it's still a damn cool tune complete with grungey guitars and echoey vocals, but there's a strong suspicion that the music came first while any words that fit were inserted after.
Thankfully, Turner can still cook up some luminous, heartfelt lines simply packed with meaning. "That's not a skirt girl, that's a sawn-off shotgun" he sings on title track 'Suck It and See', "Sorrow slow dances around the edges of her eyes" on the spaghetti Western-tinted 'All My Own Stunts' and "She does what the night does to the day" on 'She's Thunderstorms'.
'Love is a Laser Quest', though, is the prime example of the Monkeys' newfound musical dexterity colliding with Turner's ability to tell a story and break your heart in just a few lines. Singing "Do you look into the mirror to remind yourself you're there, or has someone's midnight kisses got that covered?/I'm not being honest, I pretended you were just some lover", it's this album's 'Only Ones Who Know'.
If there's an obvious pattern forming by now, it's that most of 'Suck it and See' is about the harsh mysteries of the female sex. Though renowned for their fast-paced, wordy style in the past, 'Suck it and See' is easily Arctic Monkeys' most melancholy and ponderous record. The last five tracks alone are all bittersweet ruminations on lost loves and unattainable women, capable of reducing grown men to tears.
This final barrage also highlights the sheer variety on the album. 'Reckless Serenade' harks back to very early Monkeys, the 'Despair In The Departure Lounge'-type, while the deceptively simple 'Piledriver Waltz', a reworked version of a song from Turner's 'Submarine', resembles an excellently-written Last Shadow Puppets song minus the big band in support. This is followed by album standout 'Love Is A Laser Quest', and 'Suck It And See', on which Turner pines for a dangerous lady with love "like a leather-studded headlock" over a distinctly retro Monkeys sound. Finally, we end on 'That's Where You're Wrong'. Evocative of New Order and The Stone Roses, it's about old flames and the passing of time and it closes the album on a soaring, epic note a la 'A Certain Romance'.
'Suck It and See' isn't all gloom and heartbreak, though - it still has a few stomping rock tracks. 'Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair', with its fuzzy guitars and the entire band singing the "yeah yeah yeah!" refrain, and 'Brick by Brick', with a confidently shouty Helders on lead vocals, are guaranteed to tempt out your inner rocker.
And they're not the only songs where members of the band other than Mr. Turner get their chance to croon. The recurrent sound of vocal harmonies (notably found on 'Reckless Serenade' and the poppy, sure-to-be-crowdpleaser 'The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala'), along with the live recording technique, gives a real feeling of Arctic Monkeys' togetherness . Never have the quartet sounded so relaxed, or like they were having so much fun.
There's no point applying superlatives to an Arctic Monkeys album in comparison to any of the others. Each of their LPs to date have been masterpieces; 'Suck it and See' is no different, standing proudly alongside the Arctic Monkeys' already-extensive catalogue. Lyrically complex (or nonsensical, depending on your opinion) and musically their finest, Arctic Monkeys prove they are still relevant five years down the line from their generation-defining debut, as well as being the best guitar band in Britain. With each new release comes the fear that their new record will fail to live up to increasingly towering expectations; I'm still waiting for the disappointment.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 She's Thunderstorms
2 Black Treacle
3 Brick by Brick
4 The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
5 Don't Sit Down `Cause I've Moved Your Chair
6 Library Pictures
7 All My Own Stunts
8 Reckless Serenade
9 Piledriver Waltz
10 Love is a Laserquest
11 Suck It and See
12 That's Where You're Wrong