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Editors’ Notes

“Have you got colour in your cheeks?” asks Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner over the sinister guitar riff and plodding beat of "Do I Wanna Know?" It’s the first in a string of Turner’s leering inquiries, and by the time the song reaches its chorus—with bashing drums, falsetto harmonies and taunting attitude—Arctic Monkeys’ fifth album has made an authoritative opening statement. The band’s confidence is discernible on each minute of AM—a title inspired by The Velvet Underground’s VU, but one that can be read as a double entendre on this collection of after-midnight rock. Big sleazy guitar lines on tunes like “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High” and “R U Mine?” are over-the-top in just the right way, delivered with the charismatic nonchalance that’s marked the band's career. And while many of the collaborators are familiar (including award-winning producer James Ford and songwriter/producer Ross Orton), the album’s unexpected cameos include Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme and longtime Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas.

Customer Reviews

Perfection

Alex Turner is a god. So are Nick, Matt and Jamie. So yeah, they're all gods.

A new level

I have always been an Arctic Monkeys fan and this is a whole new brand of awesome, 5 stars

The Best Band Since The 60s!

Every song they have ever written, recorded and performed is pure gold. If you haven't listened to the Arctic Monkeys you are missing out on life.

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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