May 3, 2007

Yay or Nay?

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After releasing the fastest selling debut album in British history just last year, the Arctic Monkeys must have felt an unprecedented amount of pressure while completing their newest record. But the Monkeys don’t really care at all. Instead of having their guard up, the band forcefully attacks.
Lead-singer, Alex Turner chomps up the culture of his generation and spitfires it out as obnoxious and seriously witty lyrics — usually with flirtatiously slippery melodies, and almost (“D is for”) dangerously so. But behind Turner’s sharp teeth lives a powerful voice and a heart with a keen sense for sniffing out love-lost-tragedy, without ever getting the least bit sappy.
The real treasure, however, is this album’s expansiveness. While having a few new “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloors,” “Only Ones Who Know” and “505” venture into territory previously unknown to this band. Lots of great material composes this album, and while the Monkeys haven’t taken over the world yet, I have my hopes (and my guard) raised way up high.