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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Arctic Monkeys

I've been listening to Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, the new cd by the Arctic Monkeys. It has apparently made quite a splash in the UK, including being named the fifth best British album of all time by the New Musical Express. Could it possibly live up to the hype?

Well, of course not, but it's still a pretty great album. I guess you would call it post-punk, in the vein of Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party, but more guitar driven. Standouts include "Riot Van," "Mardy Bum," "When the Sun Goes Down," and "A Certain Romance."

8 Comments:

Blogger Laura Holt said...

I'm not anything like the music maven that Bailey is (I run a detective agency after all and don't work at a radio station) so it was a pleasant shock to see that I own 4 of the top 10 British albums of all time (and after downloading the Actic Monkeys, 5 of 10). I feel slightly less uncool now. Thanks Bailey!

2/26/2006 5:58 PM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

Wow. I love the Smiths, and am therefore happy to see them at number two, but how in the world did Oasis, Beatles-imitators, end up surpassing the Beatles themselves? And I thought NME was a respectable paper.

2/26/2006 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Missionary: Impossible said...

"Best of..." lists with music/movies/TV Shows/etc. are all slightly bogus in my humble opinion. They typically get the most important ones in there, but, considering it's such a subjective thing, there will never be total consensus. I suppose the debate is the fun part! And people in the UK LOVE Oasis...I don't get it either.

I've heard much about the Arctic Monkeys...I hope they don't get destroyed by the pressure of the fanfare (sort of like how Coldplay seems to have been after "Rush of Blood to the Head").

2/27/2006 12:00 AM  
Blogger Diane Chambers said...

I was actually listening to the Arctic Monkeys' album this past weekend as well. You're right about Franz Ferdinand -- at first I thought "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor" was some song on the latest Franz Ferdinand album I wasn't familiar with. Thematically ("Michael") and musically, it was pretty damn similar. Their sound also reminded me at times of The Streets, toned down and less thuggish. In general, I liked the album and thought it was a good addition to the scene, especially since recent new albums by The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand have disappointed (me, if no one else).

2/27/2006 1:19 PM  
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