Album Review : AM

Artist            :        ARCTIC MONKEYS

Genre           :        ROCK

Date Released:         2013

Seven is a lucky number but for this band, seven is more than a lucky number.  This was their seventh output if you include demo and EP album prior to this released.  For a rock album, this record is full of energy, different hooks and sounds, and assorted lyrical contexts.  .  This album is probably the most hailed record and most awarded for this band.  There are several reasons why this so.

First, there are variety of musical styles involved in this record thus, majority of the songs in this album have good melodies and hooks which is an amazement for some considering that most rock records of today rely heavily on poetic and subliminal lyrical contents in order to be considered as excellent rock records.

Second, the lyrics are construct the way rocks songs should be.  Some of the songs in here are romantic but the words used by the band are not the words that you find in romantic novels but words that real man would utter in the real world.  The figures of speech used are straightforward and ridiculous in some songs.

Third, the vocal performance is not typical wailing like most rock performers do but the band did not succumb to leaning on the pop angle even though that they could have been tempted to make some songs very pop.

Fourth, the album is pure bliss and not pretentious.  But the way songs are arranged in this record is very clever, not one song becomes boring because of the way they are placed in this record.  Even the bluesy “No 1 Party Anthem” song became very interesting because it was positioned after “I Want It All.”  “Mad Sounds” became a pleasure to listen as the mood did not shift immediately because of the way songs are arranged together.

Definitely, this is a must have album, I rate this record 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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