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Arctic Monkeys Back To Their Best?
Suck It And See - Arctic Monkeys
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Suck It And See - Arctic Monkeys
Advantages: Piledriver Walltz - Check that song out!
Disadvantages: None really.
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.
Summary: Great fourth album from the Arctic Monkeys.