Arctic Monkeys
Favourite Worst Nightmare



Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Monkeys succeeded in creating a more than qualifying sophmore album with which they have cemented their name as one of Britain's most spirited and interesting bands around.

Over-exposure at a certain stage may be both successful or catastrophic for an artist. When Arctic Monkey's first album "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" became the biggest-selling album in UK history, everyone's eyes were glued to this group of young rascals, expecting the next big thing. When you're under that sort of pressure it's very easy to crack. But if there's one thing you can be sure after the end of "Favourite Worst Nightmare" is that the Monkeys have kept their cool and have successfully crafted an album that may even be better than their debut.

The first thing you'll notice when you play the opening track is that everyone has stepped up their game. While Turner's lyrics haven't improved drastically, they simply don't need to, because they were already great and dare I say the greatest appeal to the band in the first place. What really stands out in this record however, is a performance by another key member of the group - Matt Helder. His drumming has become more fierce and all around a lot more interesting as he shines on cuts like " Brianstorm", "Balaclava" and "Matador".

There's nothing to be said about the star of the band - Alex Turner - that hasn't already been said. Here you can see him exploring more of his vocal and lyrical talents making ultimately forgettable songs like "The Bad Thing" and "This House Is A Circus" that much more interesting. Perhaps the most surprising of his performances comes in the form of "Matador" where he gives a slight rap verse, leaving the other members to contribute more for the rest of the song.

The record as a whole can be described as both louder and faster than the band's debut. For the most part this works out, giving the album a youthful and energetic vibe that only a group of youngsters having fun can give. When that dynamic is slowed down in songs like "505" and "Only Ones Who Know" the monkeys still manage to make it work, even if the latter stumbles in places. While most of the songs can be considered highlights on their own including the likes of "Brianstorm", "Teddy Picker" and "Old Yellow Bricks", the album is still strangely inconsistent, more so than their debut. And while the songs only range from amazing to good, never stepping in the "bad" territory, it is still easy to pin-point the songs that are simply inferior to others. With all that being said, even the lesser quality cuts are a joy to listen to, and may surprise you after a couple of listens like the danceable "Fluorescent Adolescent" and the quirky "Da Frame 2R".

What really sets the monkeys from other bands, which is one of the reasons for their mainstream success is their ability to ignore everyone's expectations and just focus on the one thing they love - the music, thus creating a more than qualifying sophomore album with which they have cemented their name as one of Britain's most spirited and interesting bands around.


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Valkoor952
August 29th 2016


4473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Phew, had fun for a first review. The only chore was having to write it on my phone. Anyways this probably didn't need another review, but I love the album so there's that. Feedback appreciated!

smaugman
August 29th 2016


5281 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn rip 100% approval rate

Valkoor952
August 29th 2016


4473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn that was fast. I would appreciate if I got some constructive criticism for that neg

claygurnz
August 30th 2016


6717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent review. I think this is a very solid record but not a 4.5 for me.

Valkoor952
August 30th 2016


4473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks ! I wasn't sure about it at first, but it grew on me quite a lot over time.

DirEnRefused
August 30th 2016


3665 Comments


good album good first review

bloc
August 30th 2016


67650 Comments


Haven't heard this in a while. Both this and the debut are classic

Digging: Ivy - Long Distance

Ebola
August 30th 2016


4250 Comments


Solid review and album, neg is unwarranted. Pos

Valkoor952
August 30th 2016


4473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, a lot guys.

Album is best monkeys for me.

Forest159
August 30th 2016


63 Comments


Good review. Having listened to only their AM album, I've been interested in what else to check out by them. Think I'll start here.

Valkoor952
August 30th 2016


4473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I would say start with their debut, as it's a pretty good starting point, though this one is good as well. Both are vastly different than AM but I believe they are quite better, so you'll enjoy it.

Sabrutin
August 30th 2016


8190 Comments


Haven't heard for like 3 years but Brianstorm goes hard, and I like their bass playing in songs like Fluorescent Adolescent.

Have a pos

BigPleb
August 30th 2016


64168 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best album ever.

Valkoor952
August 30th 2016


4473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, Pleb knows what's up.



Thanks @Sabrutin

FullOfSounds
August 30th 2016


15819 Comments


Great first review. You gonna make it a regular thing?

Artuma
August 30th 2016


32474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

some big tunes on this but my god is fluorescent adolescent super annoying



review is somewhat bland with its content, really standard in every way (although that's pretty much all you can ask for a first-time reviewer). still though, it's concise, has a good flow to it and was all-in-all nice to read. this is grammatically very good as well, which has to be pointed out as (if i remember correctly) you're a non english native. pos'd

fuzzbuzzin
August 30th 2016


125 Comments


shut up, stick to writing 10 or less words in a sentence

fuzzbuzzin
August 30th 2016


125 Comments


sorry dude i'm just mad for some reason today

fuzzbuzzin
August 30th 2016


125 Comments


actually why the fuck would i care if i get banned all the time no matter what i do

fuck you art i'll kill u some day

Artuma
August 30th 2016


32474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok bro



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