The Patch

April 27, 2007

Arctic Monkeys – Back, but better?

Filed under: Music & Film — Graham @ 10:35 am

There are many bands that you could class as “marmite” bands – you either love them or hate them. The Arctic Monkeys fall into that category, but the “love” category seems to hold the larger population. After the whirlwind success of their debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, they came to the second hurdle. Like being at University – it’s the second year, time to stop arsing about and start showing us what you’re really made of. People will be ready to shoot them down, even though they are one of the best things to happen to the UK music scene for a long time.

Brianstorm has already had some airplay as this is the first single and already has some positive feedback. It’s also the opener to the album and already there is more of a rockier, even punkier at times edge to their sound.

It’s not all though, it does sound as though they have grown up more too. – There are some interesting sounds here – the opening to Old Yellow Bricks would not look out of place on a White Stripes album while Only Ones Who Knew is to listen to after coming in from a night out to wind down, and you can’t find your Eels albums.

There’s less urgency about their songs too, which is what may lose them points in the long run especially as all but 3 songs clock in at under 3 and a half minutes. They’ve seemed to have lost that slight edge, that bombastic and brassy feeling of I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor and the sing-alongability of Mardy Bum. In places they just about save themselves from being dull, Balaclava and This House Is a Circus returns them to form that will have fans of their first offering drooling like rabid dogs.

They’ve turned around and gone in a new direction with Favourite Worst Nightmare and it is a rather bold move. They’ll certainly shift the units, but they may also lose the fans who were hoping for much of the same. There’s certainly nothing wrong, but people might be disappointed. It won’t get away from the fact they are a great band, who’ve begun to show us a maturity and sense of direction that could lead them anywhere.

Hop on; it’s going to be one hell of a ride.



  1. I am indifferent towards the Arctic Monkeys. 😛

    Comment by freshlysqueezedcynic — April 27, 2007 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

  2. Flourescent Adolescent is immense. The whole album…it’s not Whatever You Say I Am by any means, but it certainly isn’t bad! *is way more excited about seeing them in July now*

    Comment by Claire — May 4, 2007 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

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