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Arctic Monkeys first gained broad attention as a MySpace phenomenon, but with their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, the High Green, Sheffield, band’s leaping rock and frontman Alex Turner’s biting observations of city life helped them become one of England’s biggest acts. On their second full-length, Favourite Worst Nightmare, they widen their sense of dynamics — “Balaclava” has a breakdown that suggests a love of War’s Latin-soul classic “Low Rider” — as Turner paints, this time more sourly, on a larger canvas. He seems to note his critics on “Teddy Picker” (“Who’d want to be a man of the people when there’s people like you?”), while “The Bad Thing” is a vignette of attempted seduction by a lady of means. What’s next? Who knows, but Turner’s general mood suggests that of Damon Albarn before he decided that Blur wasn’t allowing him to say everything he wanted.

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Best Album Of The Year. An Absolute Mind Blower!

An absolutly amazing second album. 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not', is my favorite album of this decade and I have to say I think 'Favorite Worst Nightmare' is as good as their debut. From the upbeat Brianstorm to the melodramatic 505, this album delivers to the highest level. There is nothing stopping them and they are a real treasure. The Arctic Monkeys are the best band since The Libertines and they could be the best band Britian has produced for years. Steering in the way of a new sound, they have produce another astonishing album. A classic in my eyes. here is my guide to each song: Brianstorm: 7/10 A great first single to advertise their new sound. Catchy but can get repetitive. Teddy Picker: 9/10 A direct comparison to Fake Tales of San Fransisco but much better. D is for Dangerous: 8/10 Most certainly will be a single from the album. A real classy song. Balaclava: 6/10 Another solid song on the album but not as good as some of the other songs. Fluorescent Adolescent: 10/10 Like a follow up to Mardy Bum. A instant classic. Addictive. Only Ones Who Know: 5/10 One of the slower songs on the album but still a solid song. Do Me a Favour: 5/10 If you have to say there is a weak song on the album it would be this. This House Is a Circus: 9/10 Like the Klaxons, a catchy upbeat song which is purely addictive. The Bad Thing: 8/10 Like some of thier old stuff. Still a very good song. Old Yellow Bricks: 10/10 My favorite song on the album. Catchy and classy. A real classic. 505: 9/10 A slower song but a real fitting way to end the album. Amazing Favorite Worst Nightmare: 9/10 A real solid album with some instant classic songs but with a few songs you would skip on the cd player to listen to the more powerful ones. These are a band to be proud of and in my opinion the best band of the 00's. Lets hope they keep it up.

Highly Evolved

While the Arctic’s debut gave a determined nod to the Libertines, the Strokes and Oasis, their sophomore effort draws these influences in and completely re-fashions them; and the album almost never disappoints. Arctic’s early singles, particularly ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ and ‘When the Sun Goes Down’ hinted great potential. Alex Turner and the gang fulfil early promise with opening cuts ‘Brianstorm’, the first great track (which we all know), and the media baiting ‘Teddy Picker’ which are sort of like upgrades of the originals with added metallic sheen. In fact, the first four songs including the menacing ‘Balaclava’ and the atmospheric ‘D is for Dangerous’, each equipped with brilliantly narrated risqué lyrics, each deliver the lean-upper cut of perfect Arctic’s singles. Then, we get the second of the four great tracks ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, the love-child of ‘Mardy Bum’ from the debut; beginning with a playful jig before a great festival chorus. Arctic Monkeys then do a pretty 50s dancehall ballad (Only Ones Who Know), before the third great track ‘Do Me a Favour’ that includes an evil surf guitar break, a Dave Ghrol tribal beat and another muscular chorus. Where the first half of the album is awesomely frenzied, the second is more thoughtful demonstrating the Monkeys’ growth best. They mix their alleged nu-rave up bass line with jangling guitars (This House is a Circus), deliver a perennial cousin to ‘A Certain Romance’ (If you were there, beware complete with sudden coda), do the Smiths with added motown ( The Bad Thing, Old Yellow Bricks) before great song number four, 505 with the best lyrics of the lot. You will be amazed… Highly Evolved Download: Brianstorm, Fluorescent Adolescent, Do Me a Favour, Old Yellow Bricks, 505

Stick with it, it's well worth it

First heard this about a month ago ( i know the manager, see), and was initially very disappointed. My first impression was that the witty, clever lyrics that made the first album outstanding had become contrived and forced, as if they were trying too hard to recreate that winning formula and were overly reliant on this previously applauded trait to ensure success. However, I now realise I was wrong. For sure, they are more mature than before, but the jump here is so vast that it can only be compared to that of Coldplay between Parachutes and Rush of Blood to the Head. It's not as instant as before, but still the magic is there. They have all now become amazingly good at their various roles, Cooke's guitar work now able to rival that of most leading guitarists, Helders' drumming now thrusting him to the very top of the Premier League, new boy Nick Malley coming in on bass without any problems and of course Turner, the voice of the modern youth, still very distinctive, lyrically funny, but now has added another string to his bow, reflection. This is why they will outlast all other bands and forge a real career. Where Franz, Kaisers and many others failed, th'Arctics have suceeded in making another era-defining album. Festival-headline slots are there for the taking for the rest of their lives.


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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