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A startlingly assured album from a very British super group, fronted by Arctic Monkey Alex Turner and best pal Miles Kane of The Rascals and very ably produced by James Ford. Bursting with retro touchpoints, it mixes Scott Walker-style ‘60s pop with the pair’s distinctly deadpan lyrics and filmic orchestrations. The spaghetti-western grandeur of lead single “The Age of the Understatement” sets the tone (and thrilling tempo), while “Standing Next to Me”’s swooping pop melodrama and the delicious lull of “My Mistakes Were Made For You” make you wish this was a more frequent gig for Turner and Kane.


Formed: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Engla

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A Scott Walker- and David Bowie-inspired collaboration between the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner and the Rascals' Miles Kane, the Last Shadow Puppets began when Kane's previous band, the Little Flames, toured with the Arctic Monkeys in 2007. Already friends from prior gigs together, the pair started writing songs that spring, and headed into a French studio late that summer with producer/drummer James Ford. Additional recording, including strings courtesy of the London Metropolitan Orchestra and arranger...
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