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Leave Before the Lights Come On - EP

Arctic Monkeys

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Very Good

First of all, this isn't an EP, it's a single. "Leave Before the Lights Come On" is the A-side, with the other two songs being B-sides. The A-side itself is definitely a change in the Arctic Monkey's style. It's a much more subdued song musically compared to their more anthemetic pieces, such as "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor." The music is more planned here, as opposed to the old style of one or two riffs repeated (I'm not saying the old way was bad; they were good riffs). Not for the lyrics, which are always the best parts of Artic Monkeys songs. They're great again. This time, Alex Turner has written a much more lamenting piece. The topic of the song is one night stands, and "leaving before the lights come on." He makes the very valid point that "it's always hard in the morning." And he's the most poignant at his least eloquent. "How can you wake up / with someone you don't love / and not feel slightly fazed by it?" Now for the B-sides, which are both covers. The first one, "Put Your Dukes Up John," is a Little Flames cover, and where the single falls short. It's not an interesting song. It's an average anthemetic rock song. There's nothing more to say. As for "Baby I'm Yours," a Barbara Lewis cover, the Monkeys have outdone themselves. It's a simple, yet powerful and endearing love song in the theme of a 50s slow dance doo-oppy tune. But what makes it shine is that it's the first song ever where Alex Turner may be actually singing. Instead of falling back on just having a good voice, he breaks into a diaphragm-and-all voice that's beautiful. Or, it may be possible that it's someone else singing, since this song was done as a callaboration with the 747s. But this is definitely a great single, or EP, as iTunes wants you to think. It's definitely a step above "Who the F**k's Arctic Monkeys?"

The Hype is Nothing. The Band, However, Is Not.

In a world where artists like Usher and 50 Cent rule, it's good to see that at least one band captures the image of suburban life and romance. With loads of depth and meaning jam packed into 3 minutes and 52 seconds, I will say that this is their best single yet and anyone can relate to it. Truly the Arctic Monkeys will define this generation and will be remembered for years to come. I noticed they're growing as musicians, and Andy Nicholson's final bass part with the Arctic Monkeys is impressive compared to his previous work. All in all, you want this. Buy it now.

Leave Before The Lights Come On - Finally in the US

Another great release from the mega-popular British band, the Arctic Monkeys. Leave Before the Lights Come On is a great track, Put Your Dukes Up John is not great but still a good cover, and Baby I'm Yours nice take on a 60's song. If you notice the voice in the background on Baby I'm Yours that doesn't belong to Alex Turner, that's because that song was created with the help of The 747's, another English group. Another great release from the Arctic Monkeys, though not as good as some of their other material, I only wish iTunes had got it earlier so I didn't have to buy from another site.

Biography

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...
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