ARCTIC MONKEYS

"Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" (Domino; 2006)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

These guys own the award for having the fastest selling debut album in the UK. Well, after giving you that slice of information, you might have an idea of what kind of music is pressed on this disc. Arctic Monkeys have an Indie rock sound along with some alternative mentions but mostly it's club music that appeals to those who sport that type of lifestyle.

The music is garage rock and sometimes you can hear The White Stripes being copied except for the obvious accent of singer Alex Turner. I require something with more teeth and even though the music is good in some parts it's spread thin in some areas. The guitar has a jangle sound but when the fuzz sound emerges it's got some bite.

The album cover does sport some controversy -- apparently, smoking is bad and when you're in a bar you shouldn't do it. Um, okay. The whole premise behind the album picture was to show what a clubber looks like at 2AM after spending 70 quid. The disc photo is a bunch of smoked cigs, too. This disc contains both of their number one singles "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" and "When The Sun Goes Down" as well as their EP (it was only two tracks).

Also, this is a concept album that tells the stories of clubbers in their quest to "pull" (it's slang for hooking up). I probably won't be venturing past this disc but you can; it's got some good songs and the youth might lean toward it more than adults. If you like Jet you will probably like this too.

The best songs are: "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor," "Dance Shoes," "Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But…," "When The Sun Goes Down," and "From The Ritz To The Rubble."

For more information, check out http://www.arcticmonkeys.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 

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