11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2016, Alex Turner received a piano for his 30th birthday and started playing seriously for the first time in over 20 years. Songs for Arctic Monkeys’ sixth album eventually emerged—a collection of brooding, cosmic lounge-pop that’s typical of the band only in its disdain for playing it safe. Here, light-years from their previous riff-driven adventures, melodies unspool slowly but stick faster with every listen. A watering hole on the moon provides the conceptual framework for Turner to muse on life, pop culture, and technology with heavy-lidded introspection. “I need to spend less time stood around in bars/Waffling on to strangers about martial arts,” he sighs on “She Looks Like Fun.” He shouldn’t be hasty: Wherever he finds inspiration, it takes his band to daring new places.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2016, Alex Turner received a piano for his 30th birthday and started playing seriously for the first time in over 20 years. Songs for Arctic Monkeys’ sixth album eventually emerged—a collection of brooding, cosmic lounge-pop that’s typical of the band only in its disdain for playing it safe. Here, light-years from their previous riff-driven adventures, melodies unspool slowly but stick faster with every listen. A watering hole on the moon provides the conceptual framework for Turner to muse on life, pop culture, and technology with heavy-lidded introspection. “I need to spend less time stood around in bars/Waffling on to strangers about martial arts,” he sighs on “She Looks Like Fun.” He shouldn’t be hasty: Wherever he finds inspiration, it takes his band to daring new places.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
607 Ratings

607 Ratings

MysteryWhiteBoy ,

Meh

11 songs, most fo which are barely three minutes. Loungey jazz all the way through. Drums barely exist for most tracks, guitar barely exists for most tracks. It's not a bad record, it just sounds like an Alex Turner solo project and virtually nothing like an Arctic Monkeys record.

blues r us ,

Precognition or Blind Faith?

How can all you people review an album before it is even released and love it so much? Maybe I'm crazy, but I think giving the record a spin (or perhaps even two) before opining on its greatness would lend a little more credibility to your thoughts. Since I have to give it a rating before I can post this I will hedge my bet with 3 stars.

Elijah.Wilhelm ,

They have ditched what made them the Arctic Monkeys

I love the fact that they change their sound with every album, but in all of them there is one thing that flows; the strong and sexy guitar riffs. With the exception of four out of five, that is missing from this album. Been waiting for five years and am strongly disappointed

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