Album Review: The Arctic Monkeys – AM

The View From The Afternoon has been my favorite Arctic Monkeys track since I first took their first album for a spin. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not came out during the hay-day of The Strokes, Bloc Party, and Franz Ferdinand. Arctic Monkeys’ Britpop twang guitar riffs and sporadic drum beats were all the rage in 2006. That time period had a set sound. You could depend on a whole slew of bands rocking the same kind of raw post-punk Britpop sounds. In recent years, Arctic Monkeys and their peers have struggled to find their way back into the lime light. I chalk it up to them not being able to connect their name brand sound to the emerging styles of the day. Now, however, Arctic Monkeys have done it. Welcome back, my friends.

Key Tracks: Do I Wanna Know?,” “R U Mine?,” and “Fireside”


What is the style of today? Wheas throw back to the sixties Britpop was all the rage in the mid-2000’s, today’s rock style is of The Black Keys, Jack White’s solo work, Cage the Elephant, and The Divine Fits (lead singer of Spoon’s side project). Case and point: listen to Do I Wanna Know?” This is by far the best and most memorable track on their new album. It is a mixture of The Black Keys simplicity with Queen style euphoria. It is driving, grand, hypnotic, and has killer harmonies. You might find yourself going down the rabbit hole that is AMHopefully you do. It is a great record with several hits that will leave you clicking that repeat button.

– Joseph Noga
Account Executive, Education | FirstCom Music

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