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Favourite Worst Nightmare
Favourite Worst Nightmare
Offered by Media Vortex
Price: £13.79

1 of 2 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
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.

The Cribs
The Cribs
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Price: £6.55

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scruffy pop joy, 5 July 2007
This review is from: The Cribs (Audio CD)
3 brothers from Wakefield set out from a background of avant-rock and alternative awkwardness and create... a brilliant pop record. This debut album is full of amazing songs like 'The Lights Went Out' and 'You Were Always The One' with great melodies and sharp lyrics. 'Another Number' is a simple, infectious indie classic that will melt your heart. 'Direction' and 'Third Outing' close the record with a nod to the band's angrier, more confrontational future, and to their discordant roots. In fact, 'Direction' is the track that showcases the juxtaposition of sweet pop songwriting with a ragged sonic aesthetic that recalls Sonic Youth. It's a great shame that the band has largely dropped these songs from its live setlist but this remains a great album and essential for fans of the band.

Not Accepted Anywhere
Not Accepted Anywhere
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In terms of enjoyment!, 3 July 2007
This review is from: Not Accepted Anywhere (Audio CD)
Ok I accept the criticism of the other reviewers here - there is way too much repetition in this album and certainly a couple of tracks at least that seem largely unneccessary. I still love it though. The 5 star mark is based purely on my own enjoyment of the record. About half the songs are, in my opinion, genuinely very good. Even the weaker ones are rescued by the sharp sound and the band's deranged enthusiasm (although keyboardist Pennie has worryingly begun expressing unhappiness with the material).

Opening track 'That's what she said' is a dance-punk call to arms while 'Recover' reveals a thrilling glimpse of The Automatic's hardcore background. The stand out track for me is 'By my side' which sounds a bit like Refused doing the Doctor Who theme - this is actually a very good thing! Oh, and there's this song called 'Monster' but you might have heard that already.

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