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Arctic Monkeys were widely considered to be the saviours of the UK indie scene when they rocked into the national consciousness back in 2006. 'Whatever people say I am...' was rightly celebrated as a masterpiece, while 2007's 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' delivered more of the same. After the difficult third album 'Humbug' split opinion, Suck It And See heralded a stunning reinvention of sorts that saw the band vary the offering in fine style.
Set opener She's Thunderstorms is indicative of what's to come - a more confident, laid back, melodic sound that continues with the glorious Black Treacle. Radio-friendly hit the Hellcat Spangled Shalalala was ubiquitous in the summer of 2011, bringing jangly guitar pop into the mix, while the title track sees the band divert into ballad territory, albeit with their own recognisable stamp on it. Fans of their early work weren't excluded as the Monkeys showed they could still rock out, with Library Pictures being one of their finest frenzied tracks to date, and lead single Don't Sit Down Cause I've Moved Your Chair showcasing their lyrical wit as well as any of their work.
It's certainly not front-loaded with the best tracks either: As you'd expect from a band with such gravitas the quality is consistent right to the close. That's Where You're Wrong is the perfect finale that could easily have been a hit single had it been released as one, and proved the springboard into album number five.
With that fifth album - AM - now on the shelves, seeing the band venture even further into new territory, it's Suck It And See that for me remains their finest hour. And with a back catalogue as impressive as theirs, that's quite an endorsement.