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Great second album... Not sure I understand the UK sales stratosphere,
This review is from: Favourite Worst Nightmare (Audio CD)
Arctic Monkeys are a UK phenomenon, with last year's debut album "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" selling more than any other debut album, EVER, in UK chart history. It was a great album, no question. Now, only a year later, comes the follow-up album.
"Farvourite Worst Nightmare" (12 tracks, 37 min.) shows the band maturing. While there are still many hard charging songs, such as the lead-off track (and irresistable first single) "Brianstorm", there is a darker side to this album as well. The album is neatly divided into two 6 song cycles, recalling the good ol' vinyl album days. On the first half, in addition to the previously mentioned "Brianstorm", highlights include the urgent "Teddy Picker", the reggae-flavored "Fluorescent Adolescent" and the pensive "Only Ones Who Know". On the second half, my personal favorites are "This House Is a Circus", "If You Were There, Beware" (with great guitar licks,even a solo), and the closer, a misleading 'ballad' "505". In all, quite a satisfying album. I enjoyed it from start to finish and at 37 min. it clips by in no time.
I'm still not sure I understand the UK frenzy over this. I read that the album sold close to 100,000 there on the first day of the release earlier this week. Say what? That said, Arctic Monkeys bring great music, and this album confirms it. I will see them live at Coachella this coming weekend and I can't wait to check them out live to see what the UK hype is all about.
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Initial post: May 2, 2007 7:20:32 AM PDT
Cathy Kim says:
they are amazing live i saw them last year at sonar in baltimore and it has to be hands down the best show i have ever been to
In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2007 1:16:28 PM PDT
Paul Allaer says:
Well I did see them this past weekend at Coachella and I'll have to second Cathy's comment. They were very very good and easilyone of the highlights of the entire festival, for me anyway. Unfortunately not too many people in the crowd knew the new songs, seeing that the album had just come out 3 days before Coachella started.
Posted on May 3, 2007 7:58:59 PM PDT
Jeana Malcolm says:
I just saw them in Portland yesterday and I have to second and third everybody else... AMAZING live. It is true not a lot of people knew the new songs here either (though I did see a couple of people singing along to "Brianstorm") but nevertheless the energy was amazing and I don't think anyone cared whether they knew all the songs or not. I don't know whether my hearing will ever fully recover, though I hope that it does so that I can enjoy this wonderful second album to the fullest.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2007 2:17:11 PM PDT
Paul Allaer says:
Update: we're now roughly six months later, and if anythoing I have come to love this album even more than when it first came out. Saw them in concert again last month, and the 'new' songs (which by now I know by heard top to bottom) sounds absolutely fantastic. I'll even say this: this album is miles ahead of the first one. One of the top albums of 2007, that's for sure.
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