Well the Arctic Monkeys are back with their fifth studio full length in 7 years and we’d like to thank those English mugs for staying current. In a world when bands find popularity and then shit the musical bed, the Arctic Monkeys have stayed fresh and true.
The content of this album is very similar to that of the first record, slobbish bar nights and interactions with the opposite sex, though the mood seems to be different this time. In the past frontman Alex Turner has spoken of woman in a very cavalier and dismissive manner but someone seems to have gotten to him as of recently. With songs like “R U Mine”, “Do I Wanna Know” and “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High”, Alex’s insecurity with his object of love are raw and for everyone to see as he clearly paints the picture to the listener. Perhaps my favorite song though is “Arabella”. It has some solid classic rock elements and it’s a little reminiscent of Ozzy’s “War Pigs” but with an AM twist. So go on and enjoy the record for yourself, I’m sure many of you will hear the lyrics and feel your chest sink as Alex hits the nail on the head when he talks about love lost, found and all that’s in between.