Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare Review

Posted: July 19, 2011 by kingcrimsonprog in Music Reviews, Rock, Rock Studio

Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

This is one addictive listen. I haven’t repeat listened to anything so much in years (not even their first album, and that is saying something) when this was released back in April ’07 it seemed as though the band were unstoppable.

This album was a huge step forward that I’ll bet alot of people didn’t expect from the band. Far from cracking under the pressure the Arctic Monkeys had delivered one hell of a strong album, an effort to be proud of. Upon its release it was heaped with praise, won many awards and the world thought very positive thoughts about the band.

Songs like ‘Teddy Picker,’ and ‘Balaclava,’ gave listeners what they’d came to expect from the band, with jaunty riffs, brash chords and their unique brand of lyrical genius while songs like ‘Only Ones Who Know,’ displayed the melancholy ballad style as previously heard on tracks like ‘No Buses,’ or ‘Riot Van.’ Its basically still the early Arctic Monkeys sound, but executed and produced much better, a mature and professional version of the raw and lovable debut.

A special mention is also in order for drummer Matt Helders who’s skill had improved exponentially, impressive considering most people would already say he’s the most talented member. The fills on this record are awesome, and his technical disco meets rock swagger style fits the album very well.

The stand out songs are the energetic ‘This House is a Circus,’ the chilled out ‘505,’ and the aforementioned ‘Teddy Picker.’

The band may have lost some of their public appeal now, having released more complicated and difficult work since but fans shouldn’t forget the feelings these songs inspired at the time of release. Furthermore; If you haven’t already, you should pick up a copy of this album right away, it is one of the finest records in the genre.

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