Well this is something I've been waiting for so long. Arctic Monkeys' fourth album, Suck It and See.
The whole album can be streamed on their official website: ArcticMonkeys
I've listened to the whole album. It's been looping in my playlist. I need to get some sort of a hook to their latest album. :)
Here's the track listing:
1. She's Thunderstorms
2. Black Treacle
3. Brick by Brick
4. The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
5. Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair
6. Library Pictures
7. All My Own Stunts
8. Reckless Serenade
9. Piledriver Waltz
10. Love is a Laserquest
11. Suck It and See
12. That's Where You're Wrong
Frankly, this album is nothing like their old albums. Less guitar riffs, less opaque lyrics and they're focusing more on the tunes itself. The title itself says 'Suck It and See', this is something that they wanted to test I suppose.
Nevertheless, this album is better than Humbug. I'm not really keen with 'Brick by Brick' and 'Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair' but their opening 'She's Thunderstorms' glued my ear to speaker waiting patiently for next tunes.
Love may have clouded Alex's mind since most of them were love ridden theme which made the album sounded more melancholy and back to the oldies. I've fallen for 'Love Is The Laserquest'. Oh my, the lyric was beautifully written. Thumbs up to Alex. The lyric and the melody fits perfectly with Alex's laid back charming voice.
“I’m sure that you’re still breaking hearts with the efficiency that only youth can harness”
"And do you look into the mirror to remind yourself you're there Or somebody's good-night kisses got that covered"
Not to forget the title track, I love it to bits. It felt like Alex has bared his soul in this song.
"You're rarer than a can of dandelion and burdock"
"I poured my aching heart into a pop song, I couldn't get the hang of poetry"
"Be cruel to me 'cause I'm a fool for you"
Much respect to them as they've gone for more matured with a poise album.
I know lot of fans were not satisfied with the album as opposed to their earlier stuffs when they had great vocals and strong-edge sounds. But I don't mind seeing them exploring with their creativity.
All in all, I would rate this as 4/5 with 'Love Is A Laserquest', 'Suck It and See', 'Black Treacle', 'That's Where You're Wrong' and 'Reckless Serenade' being my personal favorites.
And yes, Alex Turner is still a brilliant lyricist. ;)