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Gone are the reckless dance-punk youth from the eras of Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not and Favourite Worst Nightmare. Arctic Monkeys have grown up, and on their third disc, they have plenty of angst to share. Singer Alex Turner's once-boisterous vocals are deeper and more glowering. In addition, the British quartet tapped Josh Homme to produce Humbug, and the Queens of the Stone Age frontman leaves a dark fingerprint on the record.


The album kicks off with the sinister ballads "My Propeller" and "Crying Lightning." Instead of asking girls to join them on the dance floor, the Monkeys bemoan the "twisted and deranged" mind games they play in the latter track. "Secret Door" is a brief respite from Humbug's thick gloom, and the four-piece evokes the sound of vintage David Bowie in the tune's soaring chorus. Clever lines are peppered throughout the rest of the disc: "What came first/ The chicken or the dickheads?" Turner ponders in "Pretty Visitors."


If earlier outings found the Sheffield collective channeling Franz Ferdinand, the Strokes and the Libertines, then Humbug owes its debt to earlier rock influences, like Black Sabbath, Morrissey and Nick Cave. The sped-up tempo from 2007’s Favourite Worst Nightmare has given way to a more deliberate beat and the new effort shows the band is ready to leave the raucous, lager-filled pubs and slow down. However, Humbug is still blessed with taut rhythms and guitar lines ("Potion Approaching"), as well as engaging story-telling ("Cornerstone"). Whether you call the Arctic Monkeys' evolving sound Britpop or Britprog, it's clear the album shows remarkable progress for the band.


  • My Propeller
  • Crying Lightning
  • Dangerous Animals
  • Secret Door
  • Potion Approaching
  • Fire And The Thud
  • Cornerstone
  • Dance Little Liar
  • Pretty Visitors
  • The Jeweller's Hands

The Arctic Monkeys' much-anticipated third effort was co-produced by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and James Ford, who apart from his work in Simian Mobile Disco plays drums in Alex Turner's other project, The Last Shadow Puppets. Early reports of the album took note of its more psychedelic sound, which Turner attributes to the band's interest in Jimi Hendrix at the time of recording. Lead-off single "Crying Lightning" features the "laconic croon" more associated with The Last Shadow Puppets, along with stream-of-consciousness lyrics that hint at the evolution of Turner's songwriting for the album.

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I already have the album, I know that the release date is august 25 but internet is huge....


my fav tracks are potion approaching, and crying lightning most impressive i own the album myself :D x
much love


well people who get the album before the date without paying anything, you simply cant class yourself a 'fan' the more of you who continue like this the better the music is obviously going to get. Unbelievable


I have it as well and I love it!!! Well done, guys!


I abselutely love it! Pretty visitors, the fire and the thud and Dangerous animals. Just perfect!


Crying Lightning made the album worth the purchase,,, overall its aiight, not their best work though.


buying it tomoro!

cant wait

love this album :D
crying lightening made this worth buying.
seeing them in Nottingham in November :D


Eh, I was little disappointed by this one.

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first time i heard this different with other album...but excited to hear a beatles song wave....I LOVe It

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