No worries, Arctic Monkeys have not released any ‘rubbish’. But Humbug does have an unexpected relaxing, deep and resonating sound with an overall pretty mature and self-confident feel to it. Gone is the overstressed, rushing, high-speed sequence of crowded, multi-melodic songs.
Most of the typical style elements have remained though but in a calmer form. Luckily there still is Alex Turner’s amazing ability to stress syllables that you didn’t even know were there. And his way to cut up sentences but still make them fit some sort of rhyming purpose.
Monkeys may be animals, I don’t feel that the Arctics are D A N . G E R . O U S here. But maybe I’m just lost in an Age of the Understatement.
Cinematic maneuvers in my brain and wild horses. Widescreen audio. Rumbling drums. Gainsbourg-like orchestrations. Room to wander. Ecstatic backing voices. The London touch of symphonia. Bigger drums. Offenders.
I don’t think anyone would have expected these collected guys, known as The Last Shadow Puppets, to produce a work like The Age Of the Understatement. Although on second thought, maybe not based upon the hyperkinetics of The Arctic Monkeys. But hey, what about their clever songs and witty lyrics?
The boys with different strategies
Talking about an understatement
Only the truth they reckon they hold
My top music selection for 2007:
1. Editors – An End Has A Start watch / 2. Bloc Party – A Weekend In The City / 3. PJ Harvey – White Chalk / 4. Interpol – Our Love To Admire / 5. Kaiser Chiefs – Yours Truly, Angry Mob / 6. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible / 7. Grinderman / 8. Arctic Monkeys – Favorite Worst Nightmare / 9. Brett Anderson
Fascinating and hopeful to find that there are bands able to put out a second recording that exceeds their already incredible debut album.