Alex Turner
Submarine OST


3.0
good

Review

by Kiran EMERITUS
March 23rd, 2011 | 36 replies | 11,013 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A little insubstantial but charming enough to get by.

If you haven’t seen Submarine yet, and unless you happened to drop by a film festival in the past couple of months that’s probably the case, it’s a wonderful little coming-of-age film that flickers along like something from the mind of a British Wes Anderson. Given the man behind the lens, Richard Ayoade of I.T. Crowd and Mighty Boosh fame, could very well become the British Wes Anderson (if British film critics are to be believed, although you’re always the frontrunner when there isn’t any competition), you’d be forgiven for looking to his soundtrack for an indication of how in tune Ayoade is with his American counterpart (/peer/idol?). Some of Anderson’s greatest scenes have been those carried by the husky crooning of Nico or the wailing of The Kinks and Ayoade’s employed Alex Turner, Arctic Monkey frontman and personal friend going back to Ayoade’s work on three of their videos and feature-length concert film, to strum the story along.

It’s a snug fit too, considering the dry observational wit that first propelled Turner and the Monkeys to fame on the brilliant Whatever People Say I Am… weaves perfectly into the very quirky, distinctively British nature of the film. Though it’s a shame he’s mostly restricted to a more vague approach, given the music’s purpose as accompaniment and not narrative, it’s incredibly refreshing to listen to a song like ‘Piledriver Waltz’ - new, clever Turner material – and not feel concerned by the steadying chronological decline of quality in his band’s releases. Don't get me wrong, none of this is exactly vintage Turner either – slow-strummed guitars and pensive pop melodies replace the raucous, perpetually inventive bustle of anything off his band’s debut – but there’s certainly more life here than anything the aloofness of Humbug put forward, even with the tone of the record pulled back to match the movie's slower, adolescent introversion.

The broody romanticism of songs like “Glass in the Park” can run a bit dour but the heart in the record manages to keep it afloat. There’s little that goes out of its way for your attention but the elegance and restraint is exactly what gives most of the songs, like “It’s Hard To Get Around The Wind” with the preceding “Even if you know which way it’s gonna blow” line, their colour. The songs move between intimate, sardonic and romantic in a way Turner has come to master and they expose an interesting parallel between Turner as a musician/lyricist and many of the themes explored in the film, such as adolescence and the traits of the film's main character, who approaches life in much the same unique manner as Turner is prone to do in his lyrics. It’s important to remember this is just a soundtrack; an assembly of melancholic cuts for a melancholic movie and honestly, that’s enough. Let the math do the talking: five charming new Alex Turner songs plus zero Josh Homme’s leaves us with five charming new Alex Turner songs not creatively suffocated by Josh Homme. That, my friends, is a winning equation.



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Kiran
Emeritus
March 23rd 2011



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gph5P1C2T0

Digging: Spoon - They Want My Soul

DoubtGin
March 23rd 2011



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude should probably concentrate on his solo stuff

HBFS
March 23rd 2011



1226 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, I agree with basically everything you said. I should watch this film.

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

Kiran
Emeritus
March 23rd 2011



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dude should probably concentrate on his solo stuff


i stand by the naive hope the band have another brilliant record in them

yeah, HBFS, you definitely should, i loved it.

WhiteNoise
March 23rd 2011



3089 Comments


Arctic Monkeys are one of my favourite bands (they get better and better) but I dunno if I'll get around to this.

HBFS
March 23rd 2011



1226 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their debut is just fucking amazing. AMAZING

AggravatedYeti
March 23rd 2011



7684 Comments


i stand by the naive hope the band have another brilliant record in them

I don't know if it's so much naivety as it will just take a while and maybe 4 more records.

nice to see you back : ) been interested about this. I think Turner is a great songwriter (sometimes)

DhA
March 23rd 2011



421 Comments


Humbug sucked.

PorkchopExpress
March 23rd 2011



387 Comments


I like this quite a bit, actually. And I'm not that big of a fan of the Arctic Monkeys (like them, don't love them). I really want to see the movie.

Psychopathologist
March 23rd 2011



1924 Comments


band has always been average

TheDanSandwich
March 23rd 2011



141 Comments


Am I the ONLY one who thought that Humbug was better than Favourite Worst Nightmare? I don't think they'll ever replicate Whatever People Say I Am, but I really liked Humbug. Whatevs.

HBFS
March 23rd 2011



1226 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

humbug was good too

AggravatedYeti
March 23rd 2011



7684 Comments


Favourite Worst Nightmare is my preferred Arctics.

WhiteNoise
March 23rd 2011



3089 Comments


"Am I the ONLY one who thought that Humbug was better than Favourite Worst Nightmare? I don't think they'll ever replicate Whatever People Say I Am, but I really liked Humbug. Whatevs."

Nah man, I completely agree. Love all 3 though.

Kiran
Emeritus
March 24th 2011



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

whatever people say i am... had that awesome snarky swagger that they've never replicated

Fugue
March 24th 2011



7352 Comments


Holy shit, Alex Turner solo stuff? I'm so on this.

Kiran
Emeritus
March 25th 2011



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

he has another side project called 'last of the shadow puppets' if anyone is interested but i'm not really a fan

HBFS
March 26th 2011



1226 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

LOTSP's album is also good, just not at the standard of the Arctic Monkey's albums, granted it's a pretty different style.

JViney
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2011



322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Submarine is a decent little EP. Nice to see him branching out and not either relying on the Monkeys' name to sell himself or just pumping out the same old stuff. I've dug out my LSP album as a result. I wasn't so much of a fan the first time around, but I feel that may change now.

xfearbefore
March 29th 2011



1245 Comments


All I read was "British Wes Anderson" and "Alex Turner", and I'm off to listen/watch this immediately.



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