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Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not [CD]

Arctic Monkeys Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Jan 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Recording
  • ASIN: B000BTDMDC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Containing thirteen tracks including the hit single "I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor", Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not is a remarkable modern British debut. The first album from Sheffield-based rockers, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not was the fastest selling debut album in UK chart history.

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Over three years on from the bomb-in-your-pocket blast of Arctic Monkeys’ introduction to the mainstream – two consecutive number one singles, and a chart-conquering debut album, represents quite the eruption from the blocks – it’s only by considering the pair of long-players that have followed it that one can begin to find relative fault with the Sheffield band’s first foray into audience affections.

With hindsight, 2006’s Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not lacks both the acerbic edge of its fairly immediate successor Favourite Worst Nightmare – released just 15 months later – and the sense of completeness conveyed by their most recent, Josh Homme-assisted affair, Humbug. But the same – that the debut doesn’t match its follow-up releases – could be said of many a domestic indie success: Radiohead’s Pablo Honey is an embarrassment placed beside the superlative structures of The Bends, and Pulp didn’t hit their stride until fourth effort, His ‘n’ Hers. Granted, Oasis have perhaps never bettered Definitely Maybe, but they’re the exception to what’s otherwise a fairly established rule.

Exuding the ramshackle character of their preceding (freely distributed) demo material, much of Whatever People Say… flows at a rambunctious pace, its players’ shortcomings at the time masked by an infectious energy – listening back, it’s the spirit of When the Sun Goes Down and I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor that nailed them to our hearts, not any particular compositional flair (Alex Turner’s John Cooper Clark-indebted lyricism aside). With their innocent faces but wicked tongues, the Arctics were always a commercial proposition in waiting; Domino’s success in signing them sped the process up, but it’s hard to imagine a world without these songs finding a sizeable audience, label assistance or not.

The album’s clearest hooks are broad enough to cover several sub-genre bases, while the spiky riffs appeal instantly to punk-minded indie kids after something with true bite – especially after the likes of Keane and (modern era) Snow Patrol took the torch passed by Radiohead et al and proceeded to dampen it down to a smouldering shadow of its former self. Today’s definition of what passes for an indie band has everything to do with this album: it redefined one’s musical lexicon, pinching from the past but resolutely contemporary with its tales, however faked, of young-adult-eye-level social minutiae. 

And it’s for its legacy, rather than actual content, that Whatever People Say… warrants categorising as a classic of its era. Its roots might not stretch deep, but branches continue to sprout forth from its frame --Mike Diver

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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up There With Ray, Paul and Noel 23 Aug 2007
By Sue
Format:Audio CD
At 51, I am surely not the type of listener the Arctic Monkeys were aiming for. But, having heard Johnnie Walker play the track "Mardy Bum" and being wowed by it, I got a young colleague to lend me his copy of the album. It's wonderful. On first hearing, my "elderly" ears were about to dismiss it as a row, then the lyrics got through. I think Alex Turner is as excellent a spokesman for his generation as Ray Davies, Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher before him. Much more appropriate (and clever) than the whingeing of the likes of James Blunt. A superb album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of fun 20 Jan 2011
By crzystu
Format:Vinyl
I'm probably in the biggest target target audience for this (late teen) but despite all the hype surrounding it along with all the criticism, I can't really see where most of the criticism comes from. If you're not into indie-rock then yes, you probably won't like the Arctic Monkey's debut particularly, but you're missing the point. The album is fulled with a bunch of fun and funky tunes with stories layered on top. Alex Turner, whilst his voice isn't as developed as say Humbug, adds to the rawness and feel of the record. The guitars and bass work well together to bring some neat tunes to the album, and the hard-hitting drumming is very well done, particularly on the album opener, "The View From The Afternoon".
My main gripe with this album is that each track isn't particularly different from each other, in terms of tone.

I ordered the Vinyl of this because I knew the CD wasn't very well mastered, and the large gate and sleeve is a nice addition to anyone's collection. The vinyl sounds allot nicer to my ears than the CD, with more smooth and audible bass, although there is still some compression applied.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arctic Monkey's CD review 28 Jan 2013
By Thomas
Format:Audio CD
The CD arrived quickly, it was new therefore in a great condition and I love every single song on it, I would definitely recommend this CD to any Arctic Monkey's fan out there :D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like them you like this album 7 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Really simple, if your a fan, than buy it.
If you don't know it.... give it a shot, its quality stuff!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album about life 15 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great CD and yes its not new but remains current due to the descriptive lyrics. Great band, great album
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Believe SOME of the hype.... 27 Mar 2006
By IWFIcon VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Well if one thing is certain, this should win the award for the most hyped album of 2006 by quite some way. You can criticise your Mariah's and your Justin's all you want, but when it comes to over-blown hype, the indie crowd can ruckus with the best of them.
Indeed the barrage of "the future of British music" hype that has surrounded the Monkeys in a way kept me away from them for quite some time. In fact, I'd completely ignored "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" apart from the occasional MTV video watching spree, and it was only upon hearing latest single "When The Sun Goes Down", on Soccer AM of all places, that I really started to think that there may be something to them after all.
The pleasing news is that this indeed is a corking debut album, if not quite the corking debut album the "10 out of 10" NME review made it out to be. The two lead singles are quality indeed, and are only amongst the highlights on the album. "Mardy Bum" lives up to the promise of it's classic title, and the album kicks off on a stormer with "The View From The Afternoon". The pleasant surprise on the album is the slow-burning "Riot Van" which suggests there might be even better things to come from the band.
Lyrically the album is up there with Pulp for its quirky and unique look at British life (there must be something in the water in Sheffield) but the tunes don't always quite manage to live up to the words. Still it's an instant crowd-pleasing album and whilst it never quite totally lives up to the hype, there is enough here for you to see why the hype was forthcoming from certain circles.
And let's face it, anything which shows up the Kaiser Cheifs for the posturing show-ponies they undoubtedly are is worth a recommendation in my book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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first off - i WOULD recommend buying this album - it is well worth a listen and is refreshingly upbeat and raw. if you liked The Libertines you will like The Arctic Monkeys, quite basically, and nobody is going to tell me they dont sound like them
it is worth pointing out however, that no matter how much this band are hyped, and how many records they break in their first-week sales they will not become Britain's best band. one of them, quite possibly - but the hype was getting so unreal about this band that i had to listen to the album to decide for myself.
PLEASE dont buy into the hype, because if you do then you will NOT get the most out of this album. going into it with unrealistic expectations will leave you slightly disappointed. INSTEAD - go into it taking it for what it is, a new, young, and exciting band ready to make their attempt at rock genre domination. if you go into it with this mindstate then you will LOVE this album instead of just sort-of liking it.
this band are going to be big. franz ferdinand / libertines big. but i doubt if they will be ranked amongst the very greats. they dont quite have the universal appeal and genius touch of Oasis or The Beatles (their successors are speculated about all the time, but truth is they will never be replaced) and do not have the touching and important lyrics of a band like Coldplay. instead, they amble along making anthem after anthem.
bottom line is, buy this record for what it is - not what its hyped up to be, and this CD will be in your deck for months. but dont believe all the hype - this album won't change your life.
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