13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Arctic Monkeys' debut gave British rock music a swift kick in the trousers. Riotous tracks like "The View from the Afternoon" and "Dancing Shoes," with their twitchy drum lines and broken guitar scales, are both wobbly and anthemic; they provide a fitting backdrop to Alex Turner's stories of “weekend rock stars” who dodge the police, hustle club bouncers, and dance “to electro-pop from 1984.” The songs are more snapshots than portraits, but there’s an urgent beauty in their raggedness.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Arctic Monkeys' debut gave British rock music a swift kick in the trousers. Riotous tracks like "The View from the Afternoon" and "Dancing Shoes," with their twitchy drum lines and broken guitar scales, are both wobbly and anthemic; they provide a fitting backdrop to Alex Turner's stories of “weekend rock stars” who dodge the police, hustle club bouncers, and dance “to electro-pop from 1984.” The songs are more snapshots than portraits, but there’s an urgent beauty in their raggedness.

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4.6 out of 5
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The Girl From Back Then ,

1. Forget Everything You Know About the Arctic Monkeys

1. Forget everything you've heard about the Arctic Monkeys. I mean it. Every bit of hype or what a rock god Alex What's-His-Name Is (not a self-proclaimation, I must add).
2. This record is very, very good.
I initially bought the first two singles "I Bet You Look Good..." and "Fake Tales of San Francisco" back in their first appearance on iTunes, after hearing the endless praise from every publication on the market. But, this ended up hindering my own decision to buy the album. I mean, maybe they weren't going to live up to my expectations (and they were pretty high). Besides how long can one listen to rock guitars and raw British vocals and slang? It turns out: about 41 minutes. At least.
Listen to Arctic Monkeys with an open-mind and I swear you'll enjoy what you hear. Also, expect something a little bit more than those singles I mentioned earlier. The band presents itself as a force to be reckoned with (ironically, exactly what every magazine has already proclaimed): the vocals are brash, full of slang, and completely inventive. The guitar work and bass lines are some of the best I've ever heard and the percussion adds the central beat that keeps it all together.
If I'm not making as much sense as I intend, and convincing you to click "Buy Album" take that for further proof; usually the best of everything can never be fully explained.
Key Tracks: "I Bet You Look Good...", "Still Take You Home", "The View from the Afternoon"

pember ,

Tasty, but of little nutritional value...

Has the landscape of new promising bands become barren enough for this album to warrant this much hype? The Arctic Monkeys A&R person has done excellent work assuring the group of at least 15 minutes of notoriety through solid upstart "rock band 101" fundamentals- including, but not limited too, the contrived pre-release Time Magazine article. Lyrics are entertaining at times, music styling occasionally unpredictable, and the energy is undeniable- all good stuff. However, shallow as a frog pond, which keeps them squarely centered in the category of "interesting but not relevant". The song From Ritz to the Rubble is musically headed in the right direction, but then is quickly back to bad ska riffs normally reserved for fraternity parties on a budget... and those lyrics, well, disappointing. Writing about dance floors, bouncers, “scummy men” and the like are lyrical mainstays on this debut. They have been rushed to market -advice- go log about 10 million miles touring/living and come back when your brand of rebellion has a voice more potent than a Starbucks double shot.

Will Oliver ,

The best new band in ages, Believe The Hype!

By now you have heard about the Sheffield, Britain Arctic Monkeys unless you have been living under a rock. They had the quickest selling debut CD in the U.K. They are storming the world right now and are the next big thing. How did this all start? They played amazing live shows and the crowd felt a strong presence and they created a small fan base. Quietly the band spread throughout the U.K. through word of mouth. Next they handed out demo's and hosted songs on myspace. Next thing you know, they are being hyped as the next Beatles!!!

First they started out with a catchy single "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" to get they're name out and just show that they can plain rock out. Next they release "When The Sun Comes Down" to show they can play a different type of song. That quickly hit #1 in the U.K. charts and soon enough everyone in the world practically heard about Alex Turner's Arctic Monkeys. 3 band members are only 19 years old (Alex Turner, Matt Helders, Andy Nicholson) only guitarist Jamie Cook is 20.

This CD is one of the greatest albums that I have heard in a long time. Now, may in be something totally unique and experimental like the Flaming Lips? No, but it does what it wants to. Just plain rock out and create songs that people can just enjoy and dance to. There are tons and tons of potential hits in the US such as I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, Fake Tales Of San Fransico, Still Take You Home, Mardy Bumm Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong, When The Son Goes Down....etc.

The Arctic Monkeys just won best British Breakthrough Act at the Brits Awards. There is no weak song on the album, you may even find that the songs that aren't getting much play may end up being a personal favorite to you. Ignore the hype for 40 minutes and just decide for yourself and enjoy the biggest new band in the world. Believe the hype, the Arctic Monkeys are fianlly here.

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