10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Englishmen descend on California with a smokier, dusky sound on Humbug—a clear influence of co-producer Josh Homme. The band’s usual sharp, spiky guitar riffs turn woozy and sludgy, as if melted by the sun, while beats plod heavily and keyboards squirm underneath the fuzzy rock of "Crying Lightning" and on "Potion Approaching," in which Alex Turner transforms from his cool crooner self to a desert-traipsing Jim Morrison. Elsewhere, James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco preserves the band's crisper, dancier inclinations with psychedelic nugget "Secret Door."

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Englishmen descend on California with a smokier, dusky sound on Humbug—a clear influence of co-producer Josh Homme. The band’s usual sharp, spiky guitar riffs turn woozy and sludgy, as if melted by the sun, while beats plod heavily and keyboards squirm underneath the fuzzy rock of "Crying Lightning" and on "Potion Approaching," in which Alex Turner transforms from his cool crooner self to a desert-traipsing Jim Morrison. Elsewhere, James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco preserves the band's crisper, dancier inclinations with psychedelic nugget "Secret Door."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
428 Ratings

428 Ratings

andyourbirdcansing- ,

The Day After You Stole My Heart Everything I Touched Told Me It Would Be Better Shared With You

I've waited to write a review of this album mostly because I just didn't know how to put it in words. A lot of people are complaining it's too different from earlier Arctic Monkeys albums. They're right, Humbug IS different, but amazing nonetheless. I've listened to this album for months and I've come to this conclusion. It's possible to fall in love with an album. Every song on Humbug is amazing, creative, catchy, and simply genius. Alex Turner is possibly one of the greatest songwriters of our generation. His way of words astounds me on this album. He's always been a creative story-teller but this...it stands above the rest. The sound is mint and the musicianship is excellent. I don't find this album boring at all, but mysterious and well...magical. It makes me feel as if I'm in a world where everything is like a carnival. Arctic Monkeys are developing and maturing, it's only natural and I love it. They pulled this off with flying colors and I can't wait to here more from them.

Highlights:
1) Fire and the Thud
2) Pretty Visitors
3) Cornerstone
4) Dangerous Animals

Though to get the entire experience of this album buy every song. If you're like me, you won't regret it.

TareqSh ,

Try it

Whether you like any of their other albums or not.. This album is great

mikey-c123 ,

The maturation of the Arctic Monkeys

They showed amazing maturity in the making of this album. Evolution and change are essiential if you want to sustain as a musician. You cant keep releasing the same album over and over and expect to last longer than three of four years. Look at Dylan, people didnt love it when he went electric but it allowed him to sustain his carreer and write some of his best material. He would have been known as a great folk artist but he would have never reached the level of legendary artist if he hadn't allowed himself to evolve. The beatles are the same way. If they would have kept re-creating "With The Beatles" they would have burnt out in five years tops. They even admit that. But they evolved and made significantly better music as they did so. The arctic monkeys are cementing themselfs as a legitimate rock band. Not just a decent punk band that had a good run. This album chronicals the maturation of this amazing band. Lyricly, Instrumentally, and compisitionally this is their best album yet. Just because this dosent sound like the typical Arctic Monkeys album, dont let they scare you away. It's not as poppy or as catchy but it is a work of art and it has taken them to the next level of musicianship. Brilliant Album.

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