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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 17 February 2008
That whole “difficult second album” thing? Not a problem to Arctic Monkeys. In fact, it could be claimed that their second was better than their first and, in places, it probably is. There's an admirable confidence and swagger to Favourite Worst Nightmare that suggests following their million-selling debut was a piece of cake. Brianstorm introduces the album with a whirl of aggressive rage, all thundering drums, spitting vitriolic vocals and sharp riffs, making the most glorious noise they'd produced to date; if it doesn't get your adrenaline racing and heart beating faster, then you may as well switch the album off there and then. Teddy Picker, with its spiky riff, is pure catchiness from start to finish and Fluorescent Adolescent, perhaps the biggest earworm Arctic Monkeys have ever written, is nothing short of a genius serving of indie-pop with a superb opening line and excellent lyrics throughout. There are plenty of other very good songs on the album, but this trio of beauties take some beating. Out of the rest of the tracks, the powerful, riff-heavy If You Were There, Beware and Yellow Bricks come closest to equalling the quality of the singles for me.

Arctic Monkeys' second album is heavier, richer in sound and shows a rapid, yet natural, development and progression from their exceptional debut. The whole band are almost ridiculously talented and give assured, exciting performances, but drummer Matt Helders, especially, demonstrates a confidence and skill that drives Favourite Worst Nightmare along in a way not quite captured on their first. To release such a fantastic follow-up to a massively successful album just a year on is a remarkable achievement and, if I'm honest, it is too difficult to say which one I prefer. Although this album has, arguably, much better singles, their first one was altogether more interesting and cohesive as a whole. Their debut was innovative, full of character and a breath of fresh air, with the tunes and musical nous to carry it all off, but this album builds on their sound and adds musical depth whilst retaining the vital characteristics of the band.
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on 31 March 2018
Bought their first album and really enjoyed it yet didn't buy anything else if theirs. Knew I liked flouresent adolescent so thought I would take a gamble and buy the album. Glad I did, very good songs and the album is worth buying for the price.
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on 4 April 2014
I am in love with the Arctic Monkeys, purely because of the lyrics. The lyrics are just brilliant.
Balaclava, Teddy Picker, Only Ones Who Know, This House Is A Circus, If You Were There Beware... they're fabulously worded, and capture the essence of today's generation. Not to mention being the soundtrack to my adolescence.
I also adore 505, and if I was sent to a desert island, that would be one of the songs I would take with me.
You might think its OK at first, but the brilliant thing about the AM, is that they require a few listens before you fall in love- it requires a few listens, but honestly, it's one of my favourite albums. Ever.
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on 19 June 2011
I was slightly apprehensive about whether or not i would like this album after i bought it, having only heard fluorescent adolescent. However, it does not dissapoint.

Every single track is great, all catchy - no filler tracks in sight. My personal favourite has to be 'old yellow bricks' but even '505', one of the slower songs is still a work of art. Alex Turners vocals are consistent throughout and the album can be listened to fully without getting annoyed or bored at the vocals. As the first Arctic Monkeys album i've bought, im impressed and will definietly go on to buy the rest!

To summarise, only one thing to say, buy it!
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on 29 September 2017
Very good. Enjoyed immensely
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on 17 December 2015
I love that vinyl's are becoming popular again. I bought this as a gift for my partner and of course he states that everything sounds better on vinyl and I must agree. A perfect gift for any Arctic Monkeys fan.
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on 4 April 2018
Good album, but not as good as the 1st.
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on 14 June 2018
Heirs to John Shuttleworth
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on 17 February 2018
good buy
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on 4 May 2018
Good cd
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