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Rank Their Albums – Arctic Monkeys
For the second post in this series I thought I would focus on a band that has blown up in the last year in North America, but have always been a major player in Europe since their debut record in 2006, the Arctic Monkeys.
5. Humbug (2009)
Humbug was the perfect evolution of the Arctic Monkeys sound at this point. The tracks were a little slower and more articulate than its predecessor, and in that you can really hear and predict where they were heading towards on their next record. There really isn’t any particular negative reason why this record ended up in this spot, it’s just the fact that the next 4 are even better. Humbug comes in at #5.
4. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
The fastest-selling debut album from any band in UK history, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not is the punch rock music needed in in the mid-2000’s. A young band with something to say and the tunes to back it up. Not an album chalk-full of dynamics, but seriously a fucking great record. I can guarantee animosity from this pick at #4, but like most debut albums, I refuse to be influenced by nostalgia unless the album STRONGLY deserves it. Have at it!. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not comes in at #4.
3. AM (2013)
AM, the latest record and possibly the most recognized by the folks in North America. This album brought with it massive anthems and new stage presence and swagger from singer Alex Turner. This was a particularly difficult pick as it is a massive record and I absolutely love it, but in terms of where the band were heading musically, it seems like it’s a step sideways instead of a step forward. It is arguably considered one of the biggest records of the decade, but here AM ranks in at #3.
2. Suck It And See (2011)
Suck It And See, a beautifully crafted mix of tunes that reignited the fire that might have been slightly burning out from the previous seemingly overproduced Humbug. Turner’s lyrics shine through the record, cementing his place as one of modern rock music’s greats. Let’s not forget that some retail outlets in the US decided to cover up the title of the record with a sticker, fucking rock’n’roll. Suck It And See ranks in at #2.
1. Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)
The sophomore release Favourite Worst Nightmare, was probably one of the most anticipated albums of 2007 following the hugely successful debut Whatever They Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. There were high expectations from this band and they didn’t disappoint. The response to their debut record was to release faster and more energetic mix of tunes with the added complexity of melodies on tracks such as 505 and Only Ones Who Know. This album defined the flawless follow-up to a massive debut record. Favourite Worst Nightmare ranks in at #1.