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  • Audio CD (6 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,777 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Light and airy, filmic but intimate, delicately arranged but deceptively powerful, Suck It and See is Arctic Monkeys’ fourth album. Recorded at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles with long-time producer and collaborator James Ford, it has a summery pop feel--the sound of some out of season sun for the boys, with most of the work done on the West Coast in January.

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These days Arctic Monkeys are not a band singing songs about "f***ing taxi ranks", as frontman Alex Turner quipped recently. They made their last record, 2009’s bizarre Britpop/stoner hybrid Humbug, in a desert. One member, the drummer no less, has the mobile telephone number of one P Diddy. And the singer – a young man who, on arrival, did so much to quench British pop’s obsession with the empty idea that is ‘the working-class hero’ – now writes lyrics like, "Library pictures, of the quickening canoe / The first of its kind to get to the moon": a couplet more befitting Gandalf the Grey than it is Liam Gallagher.

Of course, this sort of buffoonery is to be encouraged. Still, it’s hard not to want the band’s fourth record to embrace the unconventional more than it actually does. Initial signs are promising. Many of the song titles sound like they were conceived by a drunk Butlins Redcoat. One is called Love Is a Lazerquest; another, Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair (one can only hope its sister song, I’ve Got a Whoopee Cushion and I’m Not Afraid to Use It, turns up as a B side). But for the largest part, Suck It and See isn’t the stubborn, radio unfriendly career swerve that Humbug proved to be.

If anything, it’s a halfway house between where many expected them to be going, and where they were. On one hand, it marks the return of actual tunes (Reckless Serenade, the hard-edged title-track) – stuff that you can hum – as well as, not taxi ranks per se, but kitchen sink musing about "chin-chewing" cokeheads (Black Treacle) and "damsel-patterned alleys, where you go for a smoke" (All My Own Stunts), two songs that will be embraced by anyone fannish about their early work. On the other, there’s now an oblique Dylan-esque romanticism to many of Turner’s lyrics and tunes (the title and contents of opener She’s Thunderstorms is lovely), few of which suggest their future as karaoke staples and some of which prefer groove, not just over melody but all other constructs of song. They fit a mould, but it’s an askew, mismade one.

If you were enjoying the band’s joyride into the weird, Suck It and See is a record that may disappoint in its convention. Personally it makes me wish they’d just given a chorus or two to Diddy and be done with it. But while the reins of pomp have certainly been reined in somewhat, it’s hard to shake the suspicion that Suck It and See is further evidence that Arctic Monkeys are still Britain’s best guitar band – albeit one that’d be even better if they ever decide to truly lunge into the unknown.

--James McMahon

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MDD on 2 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I was never really sure about the Arctic Monkeys until this album. Over five years ago when they came onto the scene I thought they were heavily overrated and I still stand by the opinion that they were overhyped with typical ridiculous NME proclamations like 'best band since The Beatles etc'. Since then, I've listened to their work and it has grown on me over the years, but still sceptical of their ability to add a lot more to their songwriting. Well this album shows me that there is a lot of life in this band yet and that they're not one trick ponies. There have been some mumblings from fans that this album doesn't nearly match their first two but I completely disagree. Suck It And See is the album that brings a lot more emotional depth to this band, and for a bunch of 25 years old, it's amazing to see the maturity of these songs compared to the relentless and raw first two albums. Albeit those two albums are fantastic, but Suck It And See brings more qualities to the band. Alex Turner croons his lyrics and is arguably his finest vocal performance yet, and you get echoes of Morrissey in this album also. For the most part, the sound is less raw and more sophisticated, taking a few ideas from the mixed bag of an album Humbug. The title track provides the best example while arguably being the band's most beautiful sounding song yet. For me, this is their best album yet. And they're still a young band so whatever they come up with next is going to be fascinating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T_R0sa on 10 Aug. 2012
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Being a bit of a fan of the arctic monkeys I was surprised at this album. Alot of it is far less 'rocky' and far more 'acousticy' than usual. My friend actually told me this before I bought it and i almost didn't buy it as I mainly don't enjoy the acoustic sound. But I am a fan so in the end I bought it.

For any one out there who also thinks that they don't like acoustic sound much, DO NOT be put off buying this album. The supposedly acoustic songs are brilliant and my favourite ones on the album. Reckless Serenade is beautiful and starts with an amazing bass solo, Piledriver waltz has the fabulous lyric writing you can expect from Alex turner. Love is a Laserquest is one of their all time most beautiful songs. Suck it and see (the title song) is also catchy but also shows beautiful lyrics as well, some of my other favourites are black treacle and that's where your wrong. Over all this is another very strong album, and just because their direction is slightly different please don't let that put you off!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 April 2015
Format: Audio CD
The Arctic Monkeys' fourth album was certainly very different to the first two in it's style, but a change of direction had already begun in 2009 with 'Humbug', their third album. Unlike several of my friends, I started playing 2010's 'Suck It And See' on repeat virtually straight away. The album is very experimental, with songs that are less dark and fast, and largely more slower and wistful, this is quality guitar pop, with smart lyrics and the usual energy throughout. Some of the tracks aren't as instantly engaging or memorable as those on Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, so I'd recommend that you give them a few spins over before you make your final judgement.

What I like about this one is that it has a real vintage feel to it, very 1970s but with a modern-day twist. The lads were maturing nicely with this album and progressing further as serious artists. That's not to say that I personally regard it as good as the early stuff, I don't, but I still rate 'Suck It and See' highly. It didn't spawn any really big hit singles, but songs like 'Reckless Serenade', 'She's Thunderstorms', 'Black Treacle' and 'Brick By Brick' are solid tunes. You also get a re-recorded version of 'Piledriver Waltz', although, if I'm honest, I much prefer Alex Tuners' solo version.

Polished, overlooked and underrated, buy this album and give it a chance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By md3347 on 20 Jan. 2013
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Suck It and See is a decent, but unexciting album. It won't be in your desert island discs, and even if you could pick one extra album for it after your selection, it still wouldn't. Established Arctic Monkeys fans will lap it up but unfortunately if someone had never heard of the Monkeys and you had this on in the car, they wouldn't ask: Who is this? There is no 'My Propeller', 'Crying Lightening' or 'Dance Little Liar'(all Humgbug) to come back to time and time again.

In terms of songs, Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved your Chair is a stand out above the rest with a brilliant rhythm guitar and crashing bass. She's Thunderstorms is pleasant and but towards the end you just want it to finish, the entire album is fairly forgettable once the album highlight 12th track,'Thats where you're wrong' is done.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
The Arctic Monkeys rose to prominence with a style of music that was fairly upbeat, lively and more rock orientated and with each new album they move further away from their early template, shedding fans with each new release along the way.

With the band's previous album, Humbug, the music became more difficult and experimental, with production duties being handled in part by legendary QOTSA/Kyuss musician Josh Homme.

For fans who were very turned off by Humbug, this latest album, Suck It And See is not the glorious return to the style of their debut album that you may be hoping for.

The musical direction suggested by excellent single `Don't Sit Down `Cause I Moved Your Chair,' and the drummer-singing pre-release track `Brick By Brick,' may have been misleading as the overall tone is less rock orientated than previous Arctic Monkeys material.

The album rather, is a mixture of the slower, more ballad style material such as Alex's solo work and Arctic Monkeys works like the B Side `The Bakery,' or `505,' from Favourite Worst Nightmare, with the experimental style found on Humbug (here especially on tracks such as the weird `Library Pictures,' and on `All My Own Stunts' where Josh Homme makes his fifth guest vocal appearance with the band)

Cleaner, more acoustic or quiet tracks such as `Reckless Serenade,' and `The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala,' form the majority of the album and there is even a reworking of Alex's solo ballad from the Submarine EP `Piledriver Waltz.'

Ignoring musical direction however, the album is very strong, with a diverse and musically interesting set of songs with the same vocal and lyrical style and quality you can always find in Arctic Monkeys music.
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