Editors' Notes A dramatic change in circumstances can prompt paralysis in some bands, but Arctic Monkeys use their expanded worldview to fuel this thundering, complex return. Whether taking aim at disposable singing-contest culture (“Teddy Picker”) or crafting a dark, desert-rock epic inspired by muckraking journalists (“If You Were There, Beware”), Alex Turner rises to the challenge of a lyrical life beyond the ritz and rubble of Sheffield on a Saturday night. There’s a palpable sonic progression too. “Brianstorm” is a whirl of surf guitar and pulverising drums, while “505”—a deft snapshot of tour-sick desire—builds to a glistening, worthy finale.

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Brianstorm
1
2:52
 
Teddy Picker
2
2:45
 
D Is for Dangerous
3
2:18
 
Balaclava
4
2:51
 
Fluorescent Adolescent
5
2:59
 
Only Ones Who Know
6
3:04
 
Do Me a Favour
7
3:29
 
This House Is a Circus
8
3:11
 
If You Were There, Beware
9
4:36
 
The Bad Thing
10
2:25
 
Old Yellow Bricks
11
3:13
 
505
12
4:13
 

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