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Editors’ Notes

Arctic Monkeys' debut gave British rock music a swift kick in the trousers. Riotous tracks like "The View from the Afternoon" and "Dancing Shoes," with their twitchy drum lines and broken guitar scales, are both wobbly and anthemic; they provide a fitting backdrop to Alex Turner's stories of “weekend rock stars” who dodge the police, hustle club bouncers, and dance “to electro-pop from 1984.” The songs are more snapshots than portraits, but there’s an urgent beauty in their raggedness.

Customer Reviews

The best album you'll ever buy.

This album is unique, musically amazing and has a simple feel thats really refreshing.The lyrics are relatable and everything sort of fits together. Its not one of those albums that every song sounds the same either. Each song adds something a little bit different to the album. Mardy Bum, When the Sun Goes Down and A Certain Romance are particuarly amazing.If I could give this 6 stars, I would. I listen to tons and tons of music but this is my favourite album.

Love it

One of the few albums on which i love every song


It's fantastic. Really, it is. I love 'The View From The Afternoon' and 'Dancing Shoes'. Go buy it.


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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