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Arctic Monkeys

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If Arctic Monkeys launched a tentative retreat on Suck It & See, their first effort after being seduced by Josh Homme, the group once again forge ahead into bold new territory on AM, their fifth album. Neatly splitting the difference between the band's two personalities -- the devotees of barbed British pop and disciples of curdled heavy rock -- AM consolidates Arctic Monkeys strengths, a tricky task in and of itself, but the band pushes further, incorporating unapologetic glam stomps, fuzzy guitars, and a decidedly strong rhythmic undercurrent. At times, AM pulses to a distinctly danceable rhythm -- "Fireplace" percolates while "Why Do You Only Call Me When You're High" simmers and "Knee Socks" nearly rivals Franz Ferdinand in disco rock -- but this isn't an album made for nights out; it's a soundtrack for nights in. Too much of Alex Turner's mind is preoccupied with love gone wrong, jealousy, and general misanthropy, so even when he's singing about a "No. 1 Party Anthem," he's doing so with a nearly visible sneer. Such an undercurrent of cynicism makes AM an ideal album to listen to under the cover of darkness, but due to the Arctic Monkeys' muscular wallop and musical restlessness, it never feels like the band is wallowing in bleakness. Instead, this is vibrant, moody music that showcases a band growing ever stronger with each risk and dare they take.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Do I Wanna Know?
00:04:32

Arctic Monkeys, Performer - Arctic Monkeys, Writer - Arctic Monkeys, Composer - James Ford, Producer - Ross Orton, Producer - TCHAD BLAKE, Mixer - Alex Turner, Lyricist

2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd

2
R U Mine?
00:03:21

Arctic Monkeys, Performer - Arctic Monkeys, Writer - Arctic Monkeys, Composer - Ross Orton, Producer - TCHAD BLAKE, Mixer - Alex Turner, Lyricist

2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd

3
One For The Road
00:03:26

Arctic Monkeys, Performer - Arctic Monkeys, Writer - Arctic Monkeys, Composer - James Ford, Producer - Ross Orton, Producer - TCHAD BLAKE, Mixer - Alex Turner, Lyricist

2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd

4
Arabella
00:03:27

Arctic Monkeys, Performer - Arctic Monkeys, Writer - Arctic Monkeys, Composer - James Ford, Producer - Ross Orton, Producer - TCHAD BLAKE, Mixer - Alex Turner, Lyricist

2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd

5
I Want It All
00:03:04

Arctic Monkeys, Performer - Arctic Monkeys, Writer - Arctic Monkeys, Composer - James Ford, Producer - Ross Orton, Producer - TCHAD BLAKE, Mixer - Alex Turner, Lyricist

2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd

6
No. 1 Party Anthem
00:04:03

Arctic Monkeys, Performer - Arctic Monkeys, Writer - Arctic Monkeys, Composer - James Ford, Producer - Ross Orton, Producer - TCHAD BLAKE, Mixer - Alex Turner, Lyricist

2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd

7
Mad Sounds
00:03:35

Arctic Monkeys, Performer - Arctic Monkeys, Writer - Alan Smyth, Writer - Arctic Monkeys, Composer - James Ford, Producer - TCHAD BLAKE, Mixer - Alex Turner, Lyricist - Alan Smyth, Lyricist

2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd

8
Fireside
00:03:01

Arctic Monkeys, Performer - Arctic Monkeys, Writer - Arctic Monkeys, Composer - James Ford, Producer - Ross Orton, Producer - TCHAD BLAKE, Mixer - Alex Turner, Lyricist

2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd

9
Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
00:02:41

Arctic Monkeys, Performer - Arctic Monkeys, Writer - Arctic Monkeys, Composer - James Ford, Producer - Ross Orton, Producer - TCHAD BLAKE, Mixer - Alex Turner, Lyricist

2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd

10
Snap Out Of It
00:03:12

Arctic Monkeys, Performer - Arctic Monkeys, Writer - Arctic Monkeys, Composer - James Ford, Producer - Ross Orton, Producer - TCHAD BLAKE, Mixer - Alex Turner, Lyricist

2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd

11
Knee Socks
00:04:17

Arctic Monkeys, Performer - Arctic Monkeys, Writer - Arctic Monkeys, Composer - James Ford, Producer - Ross Orton, Producer - TCHAD BLAKE, Mixer - Alex Turner, Lyricist

2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd

12
I Wanna Be Yours
00:03:04

Arctic Monkeys, Performer - Arctic Monkeys, Writer - John Cooper Clarke, Writer - Arctic Monkeys, Composer - James Ford, Producer - Ross Orton, Producer - TCHAD BLAKE, Mixer - John Cooper Clarke, Lyricist

2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2013 Domino Recording Co Ltd

Album review

If Arctic Monkeys launched a tentative retreat on Suck It & See, their first effort after being seduced by Josh Homme, the group once again forge ahead into bold new territory on AM, their fifth album. Neatly splitting the difference between the band's two personalities -- the devotees of barbed British pop and disciples of curdled heavy rock -- AM consolidates Arctic Monkeys strengths, a tricky task in and of itself, but the band pushes further, incorporating unapologetic glam stomps, fuzzy guitars, and a decidedly strong rhythmic undercurrent. At times, AM pulses to a distinctly danceable rhythm -- "Fireplace" percolates while "Why Do You Only Call Me When You're High" simmers and "Knee Socks" nearly rivals Franz Ferdinand in disco rock -- but this isn't an album made for nights out; it's a soundtrack for nights in. Too much of Alex Turner's mind is preoccupied with love gone wrong, jealousy, and general misanthropy, so even when he's singing about a "No. 1 Party Anthem," he's doing so with a nearly visible sneer. Such an undercurrent of cynicism makes AM an ideal album to listen to under the cover of darkness, but due to the Arctic Monkeys' muscular wallop and musical restlessness, it never feels like the band is wallowing in bleakness. Instead, this is vibrant, moody music that showcases a band growing ever stronger with each risk and dare they take.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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