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Album Review

Returning home after their Josh Homme-directed voyage into the desert, Arctic Monkeys get back to basics on their fourth album, Suck It and See. The journey is figurative: Suck It was recorded not in Sheffield, but in Los Angeles, with their longtime producer James Ford, who conjures a sound not unlike the one he captured on the band’s 2007 sophomore set Your Favourite Worst Nightmare. Homme may be gone but he’s not forgotten, not when the group regularly trades in fuzztones and heavy-booted stomps, accentuating their choruses with single-note guitar runs lifted from the Pixies. Ultimately, all these thick tones provide color on a set of songs trimmed of fatty excess and reliant on sturdy melodicism, arriving via the guitar hooks and sung melodies. Naturally, in a setting without frills, Alex Turner's lyrics are also pushed to the forefront, more so than they were on Humbug, and he shows no signs of slack, still displaying an uncanny ear for conversational rhythms and quick-witted puns. If Suck It and See is missing anything, it’s a powerhouse single. “Brick by Brick” contains a crushing riff and “Don’t Sit Down Because I Moved Your Chair” pulses with an insinuating menace, but neither are knockouts, they’re growers that get stronger with repeated spins. And in that sense, they’re quite representative of the album as a whole: Suck It and See may be at the opposite end of the spectrum from Humbug — it’s concentrated and purposeful where its predecessor sprawled — yet it still demands attention from the listener, delivering its rewards according to just how much time you’re willing to devote.

Customer Reviews

I'm thunderstorms

A real shame. We get a hint of what was Arctic Monkeys past with Library Pictures and All My Own Stunts but these tracks are not enough to carry any of the boring weight the rest of the album drags with it. Don't Sit Down sounds like a post American grunge track hinting at the Nu-Metal genre, but that's so 90's. Black Treacle and Brick By Brick are monotonous and cliché. What happened to the cleverness and especially, the fun? Where is the fun? Josh Homme did a wonderful job sucking the life out of the Arctic Monkeys on Humbug (which had it's moments but let's be honest, I wasn't the only one disappointed by that one). Who knows, maybe that's where they got the album title for this one. I read that they were disappointed with their earlier work. Isn't that what got people interested in them? I'm all for change and evolving but artists must know what is good or bad? Some deliberately make bad music knowing full well that it is going to work anyway (Timbaland or Black Eyed Peas for example). Arctic Monkeys used to be refreshing. I'm passing on this album because listening to it once already seemed as if it was overplayed. I'm thunderstorms.


classic arctic monkeys with a little twist! love it! people who are dissing this are fools.


While this is not the arctic monkeys of old, their new style is brilliant. The only downside is that some of the songs are over so soon you fail to notice their genius.


Formed: 2003 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

By distilling the sounds of Franz Ferdinand, the Clash, the Strokes, and the Libertines into a hybrid of swaggering indie rock and danceable neo-punk, Arctic Monkeys became one of the U.K.'s biggest bands of the new millennium. Their meteoric rise began in 2005, when the teenagers fielded offers from major labels and drew a sold-out crowd to the London Astoria, using little more than a self-released EP as bait. Several months later, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not became the fastest-selling...
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