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Humbug

20 Aug. 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 20 Aug. 2009
  • Release Date: 20 Aug. 2009
  • Label: Domino Recording Co
  • Copyright: 2009 Domino Recording Co Ltd
  • Total Length: 39:16
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B002M4K27S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,657 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hine on 28 Sept. 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 Sept. 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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Howard Change on 26 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Anyone looking for same again will be disappointed.

Arctic Monkeys are one of the best bands of the moment and look set to develop into one of the great rock bands.

Lyrically and musically strong. Not afraid to experiment. Cool. Great name. What more could you want? Oh yeah, they're also young and although you can tell that they have a good knowledge of rock and roll history, they're not beholden to it.

In 2006 Arctic Monkeys took a return ticket from Sheffield to somewhere. They haven't reached that mystery destination yet, but sure are enjoying the journey. I suggest that we, the listeners, grab a complimentary hot chocolate and join them.

ps - I bought Humbug on vinyl with the free Mp3 downloads - excellent, best of both worlds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Jenkins on 27 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Any fears stoked that this is The Arctic Monkeys' sellout album; an attempt to smooth off their rough edges and thereby 'break America', (à la Kings of Leon's Only By The Night) can be put to bed. Humbug is an album of singularity equal to, although very different from, their first two records.

Musically, the combination of hard rock, post punk and Hammer Horror trappings has left them sounding something like the 80s Matchbox B Line Disaster to my ears, with a dash of math rock's structures and Josh Homme's own desert rock aesthetic thrown in to boot.

The band have also forgone the full tilt punk attack of their previous output in favour of steamroller tempos and dense arrangements that owe more to metal. Jamie Cook alternates between atmospheric, sustained guitar lines and a jabbing, tenacious attack, and the band also make creative use of creepy fairground organ and ghostly backing vocals. But it's Matt Helders who proves himself the star here; providing purpose to the slower burn numbers, holding the more complex songs together during their turn on a dime changes and sounding like he's trying to destroy his kit during the heaviest, most electrifying moments.

Curiously enough for such a self conciously heavy affair, Humbug also contains the band's two most gorgeous melodies to date in the form of Secret Door and Cornerstone, the latter a ballad reminiscent of Blur or The Smiths and therefore somewhat less of a curveball than the rest of the album.

The other big change here is in Alex Turner's lyrical style, which eschews the poetry of the everyday for straight up poetry; dense with metaphor and allusion.
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