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5.0 out of 5 stars Might even be better than 'Whatever', 9 Sep 2013
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Yes, I know many would gasp at the idea of any Arctic Monkeys album being better than their incredible debut. But that soundtrack of teenage life in early 21st century Sheffield is now more than 8 years old, and times and the band have moved on. Although that album is still one of my all-time favourites, this album shows just how much this band have evolved from the incredibly raw and infectious teenage prophets of indie rock, to the experimental indie rock gods of 2013. Despite their numerous changes in direction, they have managed to retain and cherish their original sound which broke chart records, whilst adding layers of groundbreaking composition genius! Expect sulky rhythms, hip-hop inspired lines, sexy and husky vocals from one of the most talented song-writers of our generation, all accompanied by falsettos and that trademark guitar riff. They still tell similar stories to the ones we loved on the first album, but with a newfound wisdom which makes them the UK's most talented Indie rockers.

Buy it, listen to it again and again, dispel your reluctance to let anything touch 'Whatever people say', and you'll realise this is their most defining and accomplished musical production to date.
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2013 09:38:08 BDT
Rat M'Scrat says:
Please.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2013 19:48:41 BDT
I must agree. A ridiculous review. Mardy Bum, A Certain Romance, IBTYLGOTD? Nothing on this album lives with those tracks. I rest my case !

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2013 17:09:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Sep 2013 17:12:25 BDT
You're forgetting;
Fake Tales of San Francisco
Still Take you Home
You Probably Couldn't See For The Lights But You Were Staring Straight At Me
Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured
& Riot Van!

Their debut album trumps this latest album by miles. Lyrically and musically!

Posted on 12 Sep 2013 20:17:03 BDT
Jfeather1993 says:
Rather than wasting time listing track names we all know backwards and in our sleep, why don't you listen to the new album and familiarise yourselves with it? I'm not criticising the debut at all, I'm saying that this is a more accomplished work because they took what we loved about the debut and evolved it perfectly into a more mature, experimental sound. They can't stay 18 years old forever, bands need to evolve, and I can't think of a better way they could have done it.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2013 20:18:26 BDT
Fair point ! I thought your review was more balanced and objective than others posted so far.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2013 20:27:27 BDT
Jfeather1993, do you really believe this? Look, it's great when a band add to their catalogue with another solid addition, but there is no way that they will ever match the sheer vibrancy and energy of the debut, which is one of the all time classics. Some perspective is needed in my opinion, there's nothing wrong with experimenting or maturing, and this is a decent effort, but lets not pretend the hype is justified. I have had it on non-stop all week (AM that is) and I'm getting bored with it now, it's got more familiar, but no better. Its only my opinion though, and others are perfectly entitled to disagree with me.
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