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Album Review

Returning home after their Josh Homme-directed voyage into the desert, Arctic Monkeys get back to basics on their fourth album, Suck It and See. The journey is figurative: Suck It was recorded not in Sheffield, but in Los Angeles, with their longtime producer James Ford, who conjures a sound not unlike the one he captured on the band’s 2007 sophomore set Your Favourite Worst Nightmare. Homme may be gone but he’s not forgotten, not when the group regularly trades in fuzztones and heavy-booted stomps, accentuating their choruses with single-note guitar runs lifted from the Pixies. Ultimately, all these thick tones provide color on a set of songs trimmed of fatty excess and reliant on sturdy melodicism, arriving via the guitar hooks and sung melodies. Naturally, in a setting without frills, Alex Turner's lyrics are also pushed to the forefront, more so than they were on Humbug, and he shows no signs of slack, still displaying an uncanny ear for conversational rhythms and quick-witted puns. If Suck It and See is missing anything, it’s a powerhouse single. “Brick by Brick” contains a crushing riff and “Don’t Sit Down Because I Moved Your Chair” pulses with an insinuating menace, but neither are knockouts, they’re growers that get stronger with repeated spins. And in that sense, they’re quite representative of the album as a whole: Suck It and See may be at the opposite end of the spectrum from Humbug — it’s concentrated and purposeful where its predecessor sprawled — yet it still demands attention from the listener, delivering its rewards according to just how much time you’re willing to devote.

Customer Reviews

I want ENERGY!

This album really disappointed me, the first two Arctic Monkey albums were great raw pure nightlife enthused teenage college energy, with lou reed/ Strokes esque lyrics wrapped in garage rock glory. Their third album they departed slightly form their original style which was fine, but they lost their energy and therefore the album was not good. THis album sounds like a lot of things i have heard before and it does not spark the same thing within me as the first two albums did. I thought the feedback from the third album would perhaps drive the band back to a high energy sound, but it didn't. I have no problem withe the band maturing but by losing the energy they have lost their identity and its very sad. That being said this album definitely shows talent and interesting style but unfortunately it just melds into a sound that been heard many times with the likes of the later strokes albums and Coldplay esque albums the sound just doesn't cut it for me.

They do it AGAIN!

Outstanding album! Feels like this record falls between FWN and Humbug.

Awesome, Solid Release.

Please don't count on the Arctic Monkeys doing another WPSIAIWAM or Favorite Worst Nightmare. They've moved past that to try new things, and it's not right to hold it against them. Not as many songs will come off as instant classics, but they stick in your head and stay there until you find yourself listening to the album over and over again. This is unlike anything they've ever done, and that's certainly a good thing.
It isn't a masterpiece, and not their best album, but it shows Alex and the boys do not disappoint when it comes to making indie/stoner pop-rock.
She's Thunderstorms
Black Treacle
Brick by Brick
Don't Sit Down
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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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