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Favourite Worst Nightmare [CD]

Arctic Monkeys Audio CD
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The band’s initials, a new morning, an analogue radio frequency and an existential statement - the title of Arctic Monkeys’ fifth album AM suggests all of those things and more. And the record itself lives up to this pithily resonant billing by being, in drummer Matt Helders’ typically forthright ... Read more in Amazon's Arctic Monkeys Store

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  • Audio CD (23 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B000PMFUP8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Brianstorm
2. Teddy Picker
3. D Is For Dangerous
4. Balaclava
5. Fluorescent Adolescent
6. Only Ones Who Know
7. Do Me A Favour
8. This House Is A Circus
9. If You Were There, Beware
10. The Bad Thing
11. Old Yellow Bricks

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BBC Review

Less than fifteen months after releasing a debut record which rewrote most music history books, Arctic Monkeys return to prove a point to those who still remain unconvinced by the retiring and nonchalant Sheffield quartet.

With the world waiting for the most almighty of musical slip-ups, the Arctics have found themselves under a burning microscope in the build up to the release of Favourite Worst Nightmare. Could this be the moment where Alex Turner falls flat on his face and admits that maybe, just maybe, he should have spent more time appeasing an interview-thirsty media frenzy? Not bloody likely - this is an absolute treasure.

''Brianstorm'', a volcanic signal of intent, ''Teddy Picker'' and ''D Is For Dangerous'' give the album a rocketing lift-off. Ascending guitars do battle as the band's much promised darker and heavier side comes to the fore. With a succession of jaw-dropping riffs, you are engulfed by a fever that was last induced by ''The View From The Afternoon'' and ''Ritz To Rubble''.

Favourite Worst Nightmare illustrates a great degree of maturity in many ways. Turner's mastery of lyrics hits home more than before and is sure to connect with an older audience who felt excluded by Whatever People Say I Am! And wherever Turner, fit to burst with aggression and sexual frustration, has raised the bar, drummer Matt Helders has sailed over it with a virtuoso performance.

In a practically chorus-less 40 minutes, it's difficult to find an ineffective track in a many-faced record. The slowest of songs, ''Only Ones Who Knew'', could be curtailed by a minute but still makes for a great transition towards a slick finale. From ''Do Me A Favour'' - the ultimate break-up track- to the cheeky-cheating ''Do The Bad Thing'', the denouement is special. Final track ''505'' is the perfect bookend to sit opposite the brash ''Brianstorm'' with a tenderness sure to surprise.

Expect green-eyes from all corners (from The Strokes through to Klaxons) as the Monkeys continue their pursuit of perfection. Rather scarily, Favourite Worst Nightmare has surpassed previous heights scaled by the band and will have many a rival tossing and turning in their sleep for years to come. --Tom Young

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ARCTIC MONKEYS Favourite Worst Nightmare (Factory sealed 2007 UK 12-track CD.This their follow-up to their record-breaking 2006 debut Whatever People Say I Am Thats What Im Not is produced by duo James Ford [The Klaxons Mystery Jets] & Mike Crossey [Echo & The Bunnymen The Coral] & features trademark haunting melodies and worst favourite dream characters including the stomping first single Brianstorm picture sleeve WIGCD1885)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bloody brillant 10 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
wow what a brilliant album loved it the first time on first listen. i don't know why it would take time to get used to it . theres no mistake its the monkeys at there constant best . i love the climax on do me a favour and 505 . brilliant album .

and for a person like me that has counted the moments , days weeks to the next album . its worth the wait BRILLIANT!!!!!!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly awesome... 17 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
Seriously, I was nearly put off buying this album when reading some of the earlier reviews posted. Many people had the opinion that the "new sound" of this album was awful. Well, please do take my word for it (as well as those of other reviewers below) that such opinion is pure guff. This album and the work it encompasses, whilst a departure from the earlier "Whatever..." album, is still the Arctic Monkeys, but bigger, better and an absolute stomper of a follow up album. I'm ashamed I even doubted them in the first place. Well worth the money, well worth more than a fleeting listen, and well worth at least five minutes of my time reviewing...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quality grower 5 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a weird one. It's one of the albums which, when you listen to it for the first few times, doesn't exactly grab you, but somehow you know it's good, and further down the line you're gonna love it. I saw them do Teddy Picker and 505 on Later last night and found myself saying Blimey, these really are good songs." And so they are.

So, if this album doesn't smack you round the head on the first few listens (like the first album did) then fear not, it'll get you in the end - the song writing really is quite special.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This ones a grower 25 April 2007
By meggi
Format:Audio CD
Didn't think they could top the last one and after a first listen was sure I was right. How wrong after 5 listens this is even better. Make sure this is in your collection.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MMMM, not sure 10 Dec 2007
By Paddy
Format:Audio CD
I think I might get slated for this but am I the only person who thinks the first album is a whole load better. Don't get me wrong musically it is tight, flawless infact. They have obviously come on leaps and bounds but something is missing. OLD YELLOW BRICKS, TEDDY PICKER and BALACLAVA are the exception to the rule. One thing I liked about the first album was the laddishness, references to nights on the lash in any town really and above all catchy tunes. Other than the songs I mentioned above this album isn't that catchy. Don't get me wrong, they are one of my favourite bands still, I just reckon expectations of them are off the scale. This is still a good album to get you dancing and bass lines continue to be well funky.....just give me the first album anyday.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arctic Monkey's - Phase II 1 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Any comparisons made with the preceding album are foolish. This is a successful Arctic Monkeys. No longer are they fighting and getting thrown in a riot van. No longer getting chucked from club queues from bouncers who want it all to kick off. They are no longer Brian.

The change in this album is vast and it would have been disappointing if they'd tried to emulate their first album. They've expressed the fast, intense life of living it at the top which is evident in the pace of Brianstorm. Telling us nothing stays at rest with the changing pace of Balaclava. This House Is A Circus speaks for itself. And Teddy Picker is pure genius.

Yes they haven't moved completely away from the Sheffield boys as in between all the vast differences there is the occasional song that could easily fit into the 1st album. Fluorescent Adolescent is the best song in the album and has all the cheek and lyrical fluency of Mardy Bum and A Certain Romance. I believe Only Ones Who Know is the only major disappointment on the album. Its placement in the album seems to suggest it's an attempt of slowing down the whole album, similar to Riot Van, but unlike Riot Van, just isn't as clever. But this is Phase II.

Arctic Monkeys are showing their true colours with this second album - they are not a stand still band trying to recapture the spark of past success. They are a band that are evolving with the culture of their local surroundings, which is what music is right?

Words over sound to convey an experience experienced by those making the music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They raise the bar but can't always jump it 12 July 2007
By Malc
Format:Audio CD
My take on this album is quite simple really. The Arctic Monkeys have learnt to create even better songs than their previous best here. Brianstorm showcases this, as does the following Teddy Picker. These songs demonstrate not only brilliant writing, but also a move away from the pedestrian sonic aesthetic of previous work. 505, meanwhile, is simply a genuinely very good, heartfelt song.

So the Arctic Monkeys have written even better songs. The problem? Well, even though they're better at their best, the overall average quality is lower. D Is For Dangerous and Balacalava are both... a bit rubbish. Old Yellow Bricks likewise. Other moments verge on forgettable.

In short, it's worth it for some very good songs but don't expect a great album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you've heard, Beware... 17 April 2007
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is one addictive listen. I haven't repeat listened to anything so much in years (not even their first album, and that is saying something)
This album is a huge step forward that I'll bet alot of people didn't expect from the band. Far from cracking under the pressure the Arctic Monkeys have delivered one heck of a strong album, an effort to be proud of.

Songs like 'Teddy Picker,' and 'Balaclava,' give listeners what they've came to expect from the band, with jaunty riffs, brash chords and their unique brand of lyrical genius (fans will know what I mean)
And songs like 'Only Ones Who Know,' display a melancholy ballad-ry like 'No Buses,' or 'Riot Van.'

A special mention is also in order for drummer Matt Helders who's skill has improved exponentially, impressive considering most people would already say he's the most talented member. The fills on this record are awesome, and his technical disco meets rock swagger style fits the album very well.

The stand out songs are the energetic 'This House is a Circus,' the chilled out '505,' and the aforementioned 'Teddy Picker.'

Buy this right now, you won't hear a better album this year; its basically still the Arctic Monkeys sound, but executed and produced much better, a mature and professional version of the raw and lovable debut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New fan of Arctic Monkeys
As a newish fan of AM I am still exploring their early material and I love this album. The lyricism of Alex Turner is clearly still developing but early signs of his brilliance... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Luthien
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of our time.
I am in love with the Arctic Monkeys, purely because of the lyrics. The lyrics are just brilliant.
Balaclava, Teddy Picker, Only Ones Who Know, This House Is A Circus, If You... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely
this is def one of the best albums by them, definitely, would love to make everybody know it a lot more
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5.0 out of 5 stars FWN
Arctic monkeys at their best . Must buy for a fan. Great for the prove. Get on it AM fans
Published 1 month ago by Brad Eckersley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
When I recieved my item I got it on the date that it was due and it was in next to new condition.
Published 2 months ago by Holly White
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant album.
A superb album by the Arctic Monkeys, nearly got all their great albums among my collection now. A band who are big but only to become even bigger. Great songs! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Glen Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Arctic Monkeys best album
Really needed this album as I had all their other CD's, couldnt find it in any shops for some reason so had to get it online. Bought it new so good quality, in good condition etc.
Published 3 months ago by Ermay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is the Arctic Monkeys delivering another brilliant album. From start to finish, every song is great and not many albums can say that
Published 8 months ago by W. J. Over
5.0 out of 5 stars great
arrived on time and well packaged - no worries about damage or breakage to the vinyl as it was well packed. good value for money, plays well, no complaints!
Published 10 months ago by ashleen
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I loved everything about this album. I've not been a fan of Arctic Monkeys for long, but this album blew me away!! Read more
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