Arctic Monkeys
Whatever People Say I Am...


4.0
excellent

Review

by TylerC USER (10 Reviews)
June 28th, 2006 | 15 replies | 4,320 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


This issue’s band is generating the biggest stir in the United Kingdom since The Beatles, and for good reason. The Arctic Monkeys do not play overly complex music, but it sounds awesome. Very similar to The Clash, Franz Ferdinand, and Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys has already had two number one hits in the UK. Their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, is the fastest-selling debut album of all-time. Arctic Monkeys jam hard; don’t expect too many mellow songs, but cool guitar riffs and

The album starts off with a not-so-great song, “The View From the Afternoon". It’s not necessarily bad, but pretty much every other song on this CD is better. The next song, “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor", was their first big hit. This would be a great song to dance to, and has a great guitar part in the beginning.

“Fake Tales of San Fransisco" has a nice beat to it. There is one line of the song I really like, and I don’t know why I do so much, but the line says, “and all that’s left is the proof that love’s not only blind but deaf."

“Dancing Shoes" is a solid song, but like many of the other songs on Whatever People Say, is on the short side; the song is under two and a half minutes long. “You Probably Couldn’t See For the Lights But You Were Staring Straight at Me" is mediocre, give it a listen, I don’t think it’s all that great.

“Still Take You Home" has the typical Arctic Monkeys sound—quick tempo, lots of noise; it’s a pretty good song. “Riot Van" is one of the few laid-back songs on the album, but it definitely deserves a listen.

“Red Light Indicates Doors are Secured" is, in a word, pointless. I’m not saying the song is bad, because I like it, but it’s just no-nonsense. “Mardy Bum" is about a moody girlfriend—we’ve all been there before. “I see your frown and it’s like looking down the barrel of a gun, and it goes off, and out comes all these words…there’s a very pleasant side to you, a side I much prefer."

“Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But…" is my favorite song on the album. The beat is just awesome, and the guitar sounds really nice with the drum accompaniment. “When the Sun Goes Down" is kind of lame, I’m not a big fan of this one.

“From the Ritz to the Rubble" is another spectacular song on the CD, and it happens to be one of the longer songs, coming in just over three minutes. The song, like many other songs on this album, has a very catchy bass riff and a few guitars playing different things all at once. The last song, “A Certain Romance", is over five minutes long, and starts off with what sounds like an alternative/harder rock drum and guitar intro, but suddenly changes to a light, pop-punk sound. They blend together quite well to form one of the stronger songs on the album.

Arctic Monkeys is fast becoming one of my favorite bands. Like I said earlier, their music isn't ridiculously complex, nor are their lyrics life changing, but the music is, in a word, fun. It's just something fun to listen to.



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Muisee
June 28th 2006



679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. This album is one of the best of 06' for me.

FA
June 28th 2006



127 Comments


Nice review. I just can't get into the Arctic Monkeys; I think it's because I don't necessarily listen to the sound they produce. They remind me Franz Ferdinand and The Vines, or something. I don't know, they aren't a bad band, they sound like they want too I'm sure.

Jacaranda
June 28th 2006



684 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Also my album of '06.

CharmlessMan
June 28th 2006



169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yep...album of 2006 for me too

spoon_of_grimbo
June 28th 2006



2240 Comments


since everyone thinks they're excellent, i'd say the album title is about right.

horrible HORRIBLE band.

711
June 28th 2006



1342 Comments


This is a pretty good band, nothing fantastic, but this album has some pretty darn good songs, in my opinion.

Two-Headed Boy
June 28th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Can't stand these guys. Don't know why.

The Jungler
June 28th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The hype always turned me away from admiting I liked them and some songs are just annoying, but god damn When The Sun Goes Down is amazing.

Two-Headed Boy
June 28th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dan, what's your avatar? It's buggin me.

The Jungler
June 28th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's an early/mid 1900's painting by Katherine Dreier called Abstract Portrait of Marcel Duchamp. I'm gonna change it soon, its starting to bug me also.

EDIT: The new one is an Abstract Painting of the Twin Lakes by CT born artist Paul Strand. A much needed change.This Message Edited On 06.28.06

DesolationRow
June 28th 2006



833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

One of my favorite albums of 2006. Your review could've been a tad more informative, though. Try providing a reason as to why you dislike songs, instead of just labeling them as "lame".

Storm In A Teacup
June 28th 2006



12688 Comments


"I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor" makes me crave this album.

The Jungler
June 28th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Have you heard When the Sun Goes Down? Gawd, that song is perfect. I might listen to this on Rhapsody.

Muisee
June 28th 2006



679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If this album wasn't as good as it was, this would have became the most hated band in the world fast with all the hype they got. Good to see a band live up to it, and even surpass it IMO.

pinkzeppelin
June 28th 2006



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album but it doesnt last, im not sick of it but i dont listen to that much anymore, but still a great album



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