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After releasing the fastest-selling debut album in British music history and releasing a well-received but (naturally) less exciting second album, Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys turned to Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme to produce their third. Homme’s technique here is to keep his hands off the actual music and simply deepen the sounds and encourage the attack. The opening drive of “My Propellor” is immediately slower, more deliberate and heavier than the Monkeys’ usual attack. “Crying Lightning” sounds like the band taking their usual jog around the park with a stronger, tighter sprint in their step. The riffs don’t fly off in the wind, but make their impression in the ground. “Potion Approaching” plays as the Arctic Monkeys discovering the blues. “Fire and the Thud” discovers the band’s ethereal, hallucinatory desert vibe. Even “Cornerstone” and “Dance Little Liar”, where the group attempts to revert back to their earlier, punchier ways, are mired in the emotional quicksand inherent with the Monkeys’ newfound leisurely pace.

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lost it

what i loved about the arctic monkeys was that they were raw, and full of energy, their songs werent over produced, they had that edge. All of that is totally lost in this album, everything i loved about them, the energy and the rawness is gone and is replaced with slow, dull over produced tracks which sound, well, just boring to be honest. Maybe they thought it was a good idea to get in a top producer and do a professional sounding album where every note is hit correctly. But thats not what i loved about them. I liked their thrashing guitars and fasted paced rifts coupled with the clever lyrics. You wont find that in this album. To be expected i guess as the 3rd album is always the hardest as you cant do more of the same you have to evolve as a band. Unfortunatly they have evolved into something that i deleted off of my iphone, oh well.


Don't know what everyone else is talkin about. It's a new sound for them and it's good to see them not producing the same music all the time

Great album

Along for the surprise

I love these guys. I loved 'Whatever you say I am'... and I loved 'Favourite Worse Nightmare' too. So amazingly enough I must admit that I love this one too. 'Cornerstone' may well be the apogee of all things indie. These guys are very good and are improving with each release. I hope trhat they have more to come because wherever it is that they are headed I want to be around to hear them when they arrive.


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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