- Audio CD (9 Sept. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Domino Records
- ASIN: B00DKY4LBW
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Album
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (595 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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AM is the fifth studio album by Arctic Monkeys. It was produced by James Ford and co-produced by Ross Orton at Sage & Sound Recording, LA and Rancho De La Luna, Joshua Tree. The album was engineered by Ian Shea and mixed by Tchad Blake. Josh Homme, Pete Thomas and Bill Ryder-Jones all make guest appearances on AM--as do the words of John Cooper Clarke, on the track "I Wanna Be Yours". Includes the single "Do I Wanna Know".
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There is a tendency for highly original bands like R.E.M., The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and also The Arctic Monkeys, to steadily refine their music, ironing out rough punk edges and (unfortunately) also losing some of their original character in the process. This results in a blander, less harsh, less funny, more commercial sound, which is easier to listen to, and appeals to a much wider audience.
In the end, the process can refine out almost everything that made the band so special in the first place. The Arctic Monkeys have definitely not yet reached that plateau -- I would say that this album is the perfect combination of originality, energy and yet accessibility. That seems to be reflected in the title they've given the album.
"Favourite Worst Nightmare" was a tour de force, but got mixed reviews. Arctic Monkeys' brand of fast, furious rock with an almost live-in-the-club sound was not for everyone. On this new album they have slowed the pace, brought in some great melodies, and polished the arrangements. It will definitely appeal to a wider audience.
The surging energy of tracks like "I Want It All" and "One For The Road" are classical Arctic Monkeys rock, while "Do I Wanna Know," "R U Mine" and "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High" are variations on the same set of musical phrases (all very addictive, will not get out of your head.) Overall, the album offers their most appealing collection of numbers yet. This is an album full of terrific songs, not a dud among them. A great band at the very peak of their power.
This is heavy, dense, funky, sly, sexy, utterly superb and reflects the wide range of music the band are obviously absorbing.
After playing 'AM' continuously, I am even starting to hold it in the same regard as Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, which is saying something considering what a debut it was, and one of my all time favourite albums. I certainly think that it is superior than their past two albums, which isn't saying quite as much, as good as they were.
As always, the melodies of the songs here are brilliant, and the lyrics, written by frontman, vocalist and musical genius Alex Turner are as sharp and meaningful as they have ever been. The sound is darker, the music is more mature, and although it isn't quite the same as their first two albums, every band has to evolve, and these guys are been evolving ever since the third album Humbug. I believe that the Arctic Monkeys are in a good new direction.
If you enjoyed the new singles (my personal favourite being 'R U Mine?), you'll find that the rest of album's tracks are of the same high standard, 'No.1 Party Anthem' is a highlight, 'Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High' is outstanding, and 'Snap Out Of It' is one to play on loop.
Well done boys, 'AM' is a strong record that should certainly should please the long-term fans. If you had lost a little faith in them over time, it should be fully restored once you hear their fifth album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dropped loads of hints for the wife to buy this for me 2 x-mas's ago but eventually had to buy it myself a year and a half later. Sorry I didnt buy it sooner. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Paul Collins
Very good album with hit singles "Do you wanna know" and "R U Mine"! Love it!Published 21 days ago by Gussi89
Album itself is absolutely fantastic and a must own. However, had to give it four stars because there is the smallest of scratches on side B that causes a few seconds to skip... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jordan Porter
Granddaughter loves the Arctic Monkeys. She can't stop playing it.Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. F. Irwin