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Arctic Monkeys – Suck it and See – From the Archive


It is safe to say that the indie-rock band, the Arctic Monkeys, have taken the world by storm. ‘Suck it and see’ is their fourth album and without a doubt they don’t lack originality. Unlike their previous albums, ‘suck it and see’ is more defined, classically vintage and instantly moodier with the brilliance of “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair”. The band has started fresh, keeping their fuck-you-we’re-doing-it-our-way line of thinking towards this album.

Let’s start with ‘brick by brick’. Catchy and melodic, it captures the attention of any rock n’ roller. It is much darker and stronger than any song from previous albums and it gives a glimpse of the future for the band. This song stands for what the Monkeys have intended to create; a new leash of life. With Matt Helders as lead vocalist, ‘brick by brick’ truly dominates the album.

‘Love is a laserquest’, ‘that’s where you’re wrong’ and ‘the hellcat spangled shalalala’ almost sparkle and shimmer. Different to the other songs they lack the newborn definition of the band by losing the moodiness and replacing it with a sense of calmness. It’s as though the Arctic Monkeys don’t want to lose their whole identity. Nonetheless, these songs serve a great remedy for heartbreak or a hangover.

As a whole, they’ve aced it; an outstanding album from the group of young men from Sheffield. This is lead-man Alex Turner at his finest; all the songs on this album have been delicately crafted and preserved in the Monkey’s finest album yet.

M. Newton

Editor of LLR since 2005

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