The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement

May 6, 2008

lastshadowpuppetsInspired by Scott Walker and early David Bowie, the debut album from The Last Shadow Puppets (Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane of the Liverpool band the Rascals) is an exercise in 1960’s era symphonic rock and pop, and it’s a lot of fun to listen to, as Turner and Kane seem more invested in having a good time as opposed to being overly reverent. Turner’s voice is surprisingly perfectly suited to this style of music, and the songs he and Kane have crafted here unfold on a large canvas, with a full orchestra behind them: The album swings without falling into parody, and it’s dramatic, but stops short of being silly. Though there are a couple of ballads here, the album closer “Time Has Come Again,” most of the album zips by, 12 songs in just under 35 minutes. Good times for groovy people. Standout cuts: “The Age Of Understatement,” “My Mistakes Were Made For You,” “Black Plant” and “In My Room.”


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