Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See
There are very few groups who have failed as miserably at following up the promise of their debut album as the Arctic Monkeys. Over the last two records they have shown little of the innovation and energy that made their first album a breakout hit. On June 7th they take another stab at it with their fourth full-length, Suck It And See.
I'm pleased to say that there are some welcome surprises on Suck It and See. "Library Pictures" is a frenetic post-punk number with fits and starts. There's a heavy sound to "Don't Sit Down Cause I Moved Your Chair" that gives it a heft that most Arctic Monkeys' songs are dearly lacking. In spite of a tepid tempo, both "She's Thunderstorms" and "The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala" do boast some melodic minor hooks.
The album standout though has to be "Brick By Brick". That number fuses a catchy refrain to a set of verses that seem influenced by Zappa. It's something fresh and new from the band.
The surprise is short-lived. Soon the Arctic Monkeys fall back into their recent pattern of banal lyrics and listless arrangements. The disembodied feel of "All My Own Stunts" makes it a snoozer. "Reckless Serenade is utterly predictable. Under the category of complete misnomers we have "Piledriver Waltz", which is really neither a piledriver nor a waltz.
What could be even worse, depending on your point of view, is that many of the songs aren't noteworthy for ANY reason, good or bad. Tracks like "Black Treacle", "Love Is a Laserquest", "That's Where You're Wrong", and the title cut, are all the classic definition of filler.
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on 2011-07-30 iamparadox Said:
Well I'm still excited to go see them live for the first time this coming Monday night!
on 2011-07-29 hstisgod Said:
agreed with both... all album including and up to this, terrible... even for dedicated fans of AM, this album is not entertaining.
on 2011-07-29 CharlesMartel Said:
Sadly, the Arctic Monkeys were all about hype - and they bought their own. Their first album, though not great, could at least speak directly to their audience in their own language about their own daily concerns. Their follow up albums have lost that connection.