Arctic Monkeys – Humbug

August 26, 2009

arcticmonkeyshumbugPast fans of UK based band Arctic Monkeys may be somewhat disconcerted and may even be disappointed by full on rock numbers being largely displaced by slow burning numbers on their third album, but if the songs on Humbug lack some of the front loaded force of previous releases, they more than make up for it with their moody, often very heavy arrangements and generally rich atmosphere. This is not to say that the album is entirely bereft of rockers, as it kicks off with two good ones, “My Propeller” and the first single, “Crying Lightning,” while others work themselves into rock crescendos, like “Fire And The Thud” (which features Alison Mosshart of the Kills and the Dead Weather) and “Dance Little Liar.” And while their musical approach has been altered, their lyrics remain as witty and sardonic as ever. I imagine Humbug will divide fans, but all in all, this is a solid record for them, and worth checking out. Standout cuts: “My Propeller,” “Crying Lightning,” “Dangerous Animals” and “Pretty Visitors.”


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