Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

Back in 2006, Arctic Monkeys were cast as revolutionaries for uploading music to the internet. There’s nothing quite so radical about their debut, which fuses a punk snarl with the sharp tunes and agitated rhythms of New Wave, but it’s delivered with such invigorating panache that every note sounds fresh. The clincher is Alex Turner, who can carve knowing vignettes from any situation—whether he’s idly fantasizing in a checkout line (“I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”) or, on “Mardy Bum”, lamenting a girlfriend’s volatile mood (“I see your frown and it’s like looking down the barrel of a gun.”)

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