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Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare [LP]

$45.00

Tracklist: Brianstorm  Teddy Picker  D Is For Dangerous  Balaclava  Fluorescent Adolescent Only Ones Who Know  Do Me A Favour  This House Is A Circus If You Were There, Beware The Bad...

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Tracklist:

  1. Brianstorm 
  2. Teddy Picker 
  3. D Is For Dangerous 
  4. Balaclava 
  5. Fluorescent Adolescent
  6. Only Ones Who Know 
  7. Do Me A Favour 
  8. This House Is A Circus
  9. If You Were There, Beware
  10. The Bad Thing
  11. Old Yellow Bricks
  12. 505

Let us start this off with their 2006 debut, Whatever They Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, a wonderful record. That album went on to become the fastest selling debut album in UK history, beating out the likes of Oasis, Gorillaz, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, 50 Cent, and a slew of others. It also spawned 4 top 20 singles (including two number ones), 4 sold out tours, and the coveted Mercury Music Prize. I thought it nearly impossible to make a smarter, more grown-up, and better album, but The Arctic Monkeys might have done just that.

Starting off with the propulsive, exhilirating Brainstorm, Favourite Worst Nightmare shows a band determined not to take themselves too seriously, but at the same time prove they mean it. While it's tempting to dismiss them as a bunch of too-young-for-their-own-good flash in the pan, these monkeys have definitely evolved. The twin guiar interplay of Alex Turner and Jamie Cook is crackling hot, new bassist Nick O'Malley keeps their wildly changing songs solid and drummer Matt Helders style is both fluid and precise, not to mention flexible. The softer songs here are every bit as exciting as the rockers. While the album as a whole finds them moving more sharply away from punk, that doesn't mean they sound stodgy. If a band like the Rolling Stones had allowed punk to reinvigorate their sound, they might have sounded a little like the Monkeys do now.