Arctic Monkeys
Suck It and See


3.5
great

Review

by James Grant USER (14 Reviews)
September 6th, 2011 | 36 replies | 3,415 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you mixed all of Arctic Monkeys previous work together, the chances are you'd end up with this.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Never before has a band gripped me like the Arctic Monkeys has. 'Whatever People Say....' was music to my ears upon first listen and still remains one of my favourite albums to date. There is a certain charm about the Monkeys, which oozes originality and quirkiness; something which is a novelty in the music world of today. Experimentation is also something the Monkeys have grasped. The jump from 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' to 'Humbug' was huge in terms of its sound and opened the door to psychedelia and other similar genres. With the Monkeys' latest effort, they have mixed all of their previous work together to make something quite remarkable in places. Unfortunately, it can be bland and vacant in others.

The opener 'She's Thunderstorms' is definitely one of the highlights of the album. With Turner's voice in an unusual downbeat melodic tone and the guitars in an almost psychedelic tuning, the song grabs you and takes on a literal 'trip' through psychedelia and sadness. 'Black Treacle' and 'Brick By Brick' follow in a similar fashion, delivering musically, but not enough to become memorable. The next song 'The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala' truly is stunning and defines the Monkeys' new-found sound perfectly. The bass line of this song is incredibly catchy and leads perfectly into brilliantly sung 'shalalala' chorus, this one is sure to have fans smiling. Now we come to the fantastic 'Don't Sit Down Cause I've Moved Your Chair'. Upon first glance, the song's title seems quite unoriginal and even laughable, but it would be hugely ignorant to even consider it that. The main riff is crushing and unusually heavy for the Monkeys, however they pull it off effortlessly. The lyrics are brilliant and quirky as usual and the album, up until this point, is looking pretty astounding.

Carrying on the fantastic quality of the album thus far, we have 'Library Pictures', a personal favourite of mine. Up until this point, 'Suck It & See' has been quite a serious affair, but this song brings back early Monkeys nostalgia. With its fast and upbeat tempo riff and Turner's outlandish lyrics, the song feels like a throwback to 'Whatever People Say....', which is obviously going to have old fans (and new alike) head banging to their hearts content.

Unfortunately, towards the end of 'Suck It & See' things start to become trite and slightly bland. 'Love is a Laserquest', 'Reckless Serenade' and 'Piledriver Waltz' all seem like songs that should have been bonus tracks on 'Humbug'; they offer little and are a slight smear on what is overall a pretty brilliant album.

In conclusion, 'Suck It & See' is an album that offers a wide variety of songs for old/new fans alike to choose from. It also showcases the Monkeys maturity incredibly as virtually every song sounds different from one another and tells a different story. Apart from a few tracks, 'Suck it & See' is a hugely entertaining album that I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of rock/psychedelic rock, so come on....get on your dancing shoes.


Final rating: 3.5/5

Recommended Tracks:

She's Thunderstorms
The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
Don't Sit Cause I've Moved Your Chair
Library Pictures



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BigPleb
September 6th 2011



35340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Had to review this, I need to try and fit more reviews in to improve my writing wherever possible.

jefflebowski
September 6th 2011



7549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Obviously you're not a golfer

Digging: Dungen - Ta Det Lugnt

Asiatic667
September 6th 2011



4648 Comments


everyone who sees this album in a shop and read its title will immediately think about getting sucked off

BigPleb
September 6th 2011



35340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha, and I didn't obviously.

omnipanzer
September 6th 2011



21442 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I should probably give these guys a try sometime. I'm only familiar with their singles.

Digging: The Ettes - Shake the Dust

Asiatic667
September 6th 2011



4648 Comments


tell us how you'll try them

kanecooper
September 6th 2011



630 Comments


i mean so yeah, arctic monkeys are like okay and that

BigPleb
September 6th 2011



35340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their earlier stuff is easier to get into, this stuff is still awesomesauce like.

omnipanzer
September 6th 2011



21442 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"tell us how you'll try them"

Typically first album to last unless I hit a wall. Other way I try a new band is to just go for their best and if I like it enough I'll go back to the first and then move forward. It just depends on the band really.

BigPleb
September 6th 2011



35340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their debut is the best, listen to it.

jefflebowski
September 6th 2011



7549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

favorite worst nightmare isn't far behind though

BigPleb
September 6th 2011



35340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Take off 'The Bad Thing' and 'D is for Dangerous' and its on par.

STOP SHOUTING!
September 6th 2011



631 Comments


what's all the lebowski business going on here?

BigPleb
September 6th 2011



35340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Son, this what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass!

jefflebowski
September 6th 2011



7549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No Donny, these men are nihilists, there's nothing to be afraid of

BigPleb
September 6th 2011



35340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wait in the car Donny.

omnipanzer
September 6th 2011



21442 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why do I have to sleep with Donnie? He stinks.

BigPleb
September 6th 2011



35340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Smoky, this is no nam this is bowling, there are rules.

jefflebowski
September 6th 2011



7549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is what happens when you find a stranger in the alps!

Attis
September 6th 2011



333 Comments


probably a step up from Humbug but still really boring



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