Saturday, May 26, 2018

Album review: Artic Monkeys 'AM'

Arctic Monkeys have enough commercial success to be recognized by most, however, these British darlings and their grease-combed hair have maintained their indie cred. From their rise to fame in 2005, they have established a place in the same circle as British legends Oasis and Queens of the Stone Age.

Frontman Alex Turner makes girls and boys alike swoon at his debonair beatnik style. The "greaser'' vibes and his "too cool for school" nonchalance translate into danceable rock that is hard to skip over when it comes on shuffle.

AM is the band's fifth album, but they show no signs of aging. They have never had identity crises, sticking to their rock-and-roll roots and refining accordingly. The new album is more beat driven, with more electric guitars. AM also incorporates a new appreciation for a more hip-hop inspired production style.

Songs such as R U Mine? and Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High? from AM show a tortured romantic stuck in a cruel, plain world. Upbeat music sets off the underlying melancholy in each.

Turner's writing style has always been one I've admired. Piledriver Waltz from Suck It and See is one of my all time favorite songs, lyrically. Turner is a clever raconteur; he draws me in like a good book. But honestly, his dreamy British accent may be the reason I'm entranced.

Their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was a definitive return of the no bull**** rock-and-roll band, and for the most part, they have maintained their defiant, smart-aleck image.

HANNAH ELLIOTT, Robinson High

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