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The Englishmen descend on California with a smokier, dusky sound on Humbug—a clear influence of co-producer Josh Homme. The band’s usual sharp, spiky guitar riffs turn woozy and sludgy, as if melted by the sun, while beats plod heavily and keyboards squirm underneath the fuzzy rock of "Crying Lightning" and on "Potion Approaching," in which Alex Turner transforms from his cool crooner self to a desert-traipsing Jim Morrison. Elsewhere, James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco preserves the band's crisper, dancier inclinations with psychedelic nugget "Secret Door."

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Not The Greatest Experiment

Don't get me wrong, I love experimental albums from different bands just for the fact that it allows the band to step outside of their boundaries. I loved the previous two albums by the Artic Monkeys but this album just drones on and doesn't leave you wanting to listen to it over and over. There really are no memorable songs on Humbug. Its missing a significant amount of energy in comparison to the two previous albums. Definitely NOT worth the money. Better luck next time guys!

Third times a charm

Being a long time Arctic Monkeys fan, I was worried when I heard that they were experimenting with a different style but it was all in vain. I listened to the album from beginning to end and I absolutely loved it. Humbug is one of my favourite albums of all time.

Downright amazing

I've recently bought this album and Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not and I am simply blown away by the talent of these guys.

This album is a sure buy, it is powered by hits like Crying Lightning, Potion Approaching, Cornerstone, Dance Little Liar and Pretty Visitors.

Deep lyrics and unreal sound, I highly recommend this album to anyone.


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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