Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hey, hey we're the monkeys

It’s that time once again. The wisecracking kids from Sheffield are back with their sophomore album. So get on your dancing shoes, you trendy little Arctic Monkeys fan. And that means you too over at HM Treasury. If only to show you a successful succession.

And making no bones about it: 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' is a brilliant album. What I found most striking is the amount of emotional depth injected throughout. I get the feeling that Arctic Monkeys have tasted the bitter fruit of life and their response is to smash the pulp right out of it. 'Do Me A Favour', a dusty, almost Americana style number about a broken relationship is devastating, a tale of "tears on the steering wheel dripping on the seat" which by the ending line of "perhaps fuck off might be too kind" left me weeping.

Another belter is 'Fluorescent Adolescent', possibly the catchiest thing they've ever written. It's a song of an aging harlot who is bored with life in a steady relationship (“You used to get it in your fishnets, now you only get in your night dress”). It reminded me of Morrissey and Kirsty MacColl's chronicling of slightly sad English lives. What’s more, it contains the best euphemism for a lacklustre sex life I’ve ever heard: “That bloody Mary is lacking in Tabasco.”

Did you know there are only five months until this year's Mercury Prize ceremony? I'll see you at Ladbrokes.

'Favourite Worst Nightmares' was released yesterday across the UK.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fabulous so it is worth the hype then? Was hoping so.

5:13 pm  
Anonymous Claire said...

Didn't realise it was out already? Will pick up on way home.

Thanks CS :-)

5:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lyrics sound brill

5:23 pm  
Anonymous honkman said...

"Girlfriend" (Avril Lavigne) makes me want to impale my ear on a building. It's quite possibly the worst song I've heard lately (besides that one my brothers like...something about big wills and stacking money). An abnormally large piece of me dies every time I hear that song on the radio. That's why I never listen to the radio anymore.

I will buy this in the hopes that my faith in music lyricism will be restored.

5:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Arctic Monkeys, it's not elaborate but I really like their new album artwork:

5:31 pm  
Anonymous hels said...

Ditto about to nip off for a copy.

Good one Slicky.

5:32 pm  
Anonymous Gemma said...

Well peeps, this is the lo down on the arctic monkeys opening night in southampton on easter bank holiday monday! all i have to say is amazing!! been meaning to post sooner! i was in front row! holding on to the railings, it was awesome! great atmosphere and they sounded absolutely top notch! so if u can get tickets peeps! get some! and their manchester showing has amy winehouse as their support act apparently!! so get out there!!

5:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good stuff

will get me one

5:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will only get better from here.

5:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that they haven’t stayed away from trying new sounds is what makes this such a standout sophomore album that’d be hard to beat for so many of the other indie bands that appeared last year. Yet another notable point is the speed at which they’ve released this, just like it was back in the day. My betting is that it’s going to be a little while before some of the other bands in the class 0f ‘06 are releasing their dreaded second album. Just another thing that makes the Arctic Monkeys such a special band.

5:54 pm  
Anonymous Heartybowl said...

The Arctic Monkeys certainly haven’t disappointed us; a second album just over a year since their last one was released and a bunch of EPs in the meantime. Still, there’s not a song on their new album that seems rushed in the slightest. If anything, it all feels a little deeper and more thought-out than their debut album. That said, the Arctic Monkeys are no Radiohead; they’re main purpose and reason for such massive success is that they can make fantastically catchy tunes with a stack of brilliant, witty lyrics to go with them. That was what made them such a success in the first place and it’s what they’ve done this second time round in order to keep us hooked in our millions

5:57 pm  
Anonymous brian said...

Despite being beaten to number 1 in the charts by a pair of women dancing around like sluts, the Arctic Monkeys’ success has clearly not faded; it would seem that everyone I’ve spoken to in the last two days has bought the album and is currently loving it

6:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah.. definitely worth the hype!

~B working to reclaim diginty for women.

10:38 pm  

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