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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 (24 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B002E3BQLS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 x CD Album
UK & Europe 2009

1My Propeller3:28
2Crying Lightning3:43
3Dangerous Animals3:31
4Secret Door3:43
5Potion Approaching3:32
6Fire And The Thud3:58
7Cornerstone3:18
8Dance Little Liar4:43
9Pretty Visitors3:41
10The Jeweller's Hands5:42

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It’s clear from Humbug’s moody, languid opening track, "My Propeller", that the Arctic Monkeys have changed musical tack for album number three. Following the frenetic nature of Whatever People Say I Am… and Favourite Worst Nightmare, this change of direction was perhaps inevitable, but the band seem to have gone all out to trade in the urgent pop-punk riffs of yesteryear for a series of slower, murkier atmospheres conjured up by Queens of the Stone Age producer Josh Homme and James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco). The thumping, insistent drums, Doors-esque organ sounds and twanging, curling guitars create a Gothic/fairground sound that combines well with Turner’s northern brogue and cheeky (and sometimes absurd) lyricism, especially on catchy tracks like first single "Crying Lightning" and "Dangerous Animals". Punchier cuts like "Potion Approaching" and the "Pretty Visitors" revert back to the band’s previous style, but the rolling "Secret Door" and "Cornerstone" have more in common with Turner’s Last Shadow Puppets project. At just 39 minutes, Humbug’s economy of style is matched to the general feeling of restraint and distinctive pop ethic to create a perfect new sound for Sheffield’s most famous maturing Monkeys. --Danny McKenna

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hine on 28 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD
The UK music press has created and destroyed so many bands over the years, that it's always best to take a "don't-believe-the-hype" approach.

But three albums into their career, here's what we know:

1. Arctic Monkeys are the best British band of the new millennium. (Sorry Franz Ferdinand, Editors, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, etc.).

2. Alex Turner has the wit, intelligence, and vocal chops to be ranked among the best British singer-songwriters of the past 40 years - he's up there with the likes of Ray Davies, Pete Townsend, Paul Weller, Morrissey and Jarvis Cocker.

3. "Humbug" is a major step in the band's musical evolution-Sheffield post-punk blended with the stated influences of Cream and Jimi Hendrix and produced by Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and James Ford (Simian/Alex Turner's side project The Last Shadow Puppets).

The Monkeys delivered on the hype with their brilliant debut album "Whatever People Say I Am, That Is What I'm Not." They followed up with the excellent "Favourite Worst Nightmare." Now they've delivered possibly their best yet: a hard-boiled sweet called "Humbug." Along with a new maturity, there's a familiar lyrical cheekiness, too, especially on tracks like My Propeller ("I can't get it started on my own") and Crying Lightning ("My thoughts got rude as you talked and chewed/On the last of your pick'n'mix"). "Pretty Visitors" is the track most like the Monkeys of old. And standout "Cornerstone" is a song of lost love and mistaken identities reminiscent of The Who's "Disguises."

Clearly, the cheeky Monkeys have evolved into grown up rockers.

Bring on the backlash.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Toby Staunton on 15 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD
This time around the Monkeys have decided not to try and make `What Ever People Say I am...' again. That was an album that a band gets to make once and it should be left at that. The decision then to work with Josh Homme and James Ford was a very good idea. From the start you can see the results. `My Propeller' is dark and moody with subtle menace. First single `Crying Lightning' is then a plodding and intriguing track that grows into spitting venomous chorus. Yet through that Turner's pop sensibilities hold it up as something really good. Ironically the thing actually now feels like a dream or a nightmare with tracks like `Dangerous Animals', `Secret Door', `Fire and the Thud' and `Dance Little Liar'.

Ultimately everybody's influence on it is carefully balanced to create a coherent and original whole. It will be interesting to see what they do with the tracks live, but for now this is solid and promising from one of Britain's brightest hopes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Messer on 26 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm dismayed about the number of negative reviews for this album. Personally I think this is their best album to date. I agree it has not got the instant pop rock feel of 'Whatever...' but it has a far more complex layered sound that takes repeated listens to really appreciate. We have become far too dependent on the instant gratification that pop records provide: the sugar rush. However, instant short term pleasure often leads to long term disappointment. Give this album time and reap the reward of dark, subtle and brooding classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Clarke on 1 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album sounds different but distinktively the same, It's different It's calmer and more relaxed. But this shows that these guys are going to stick around for a long time, they are not afraid of doing things different.
I liked this album from the first spin. The production is cleaner (that's also a good thing)
I think these guys are getting better al the time, their musical skills are amazing!

1st album was good, 2nd album even better, than he did that last shadow puppets project and that was suprisingly different and refreshing, and again they have impressed me.
This band is a breath of fresh air in our somewhat dull music industry!

so i recomment this album it's strong it's got beautiful melodies, and the drummer is just amazing! they all are
this is a band that will stand the test of time, and with every effort they are better and different!

and change is good! no it's not a full on in your face rock album like the first two although even on the second album 'favourite worst nightmare' they started to show a different side to them, so this a just a perfect follow up and a step up for them!
enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Forest on 30 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to receive a promo copy of the album several months ago, and for me (a massively obsessed fan of the Arctic Monkeys) this is in keeping with some of their best work, the reason I think some people don't seem to like it is that they've changed their style and their inspiration slightly, but like most bands they want to experiment if they had produced another album with identical stuff to WPSIATWIN or FWN then people would be annoyed because it would be way too similar, this way they mix things up, and they do still keep their uniqueness in many of the songs, the guitar melodies in secret door from Jamie Cook is very similar to that of Fluorescent Adolescents. The really avant-garde songs in this album in my opinion are ones such as Jeweler's Hands and Pretty Visitors, both of these songs work really well.

From this album there are a few shining gems, such as Cornerstone, My Propeller and Dangerous Animals.

Overall I think this is another huge success for the Monkeys, who knows what their next album will be like.....
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