Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not is the debut studio album by English rock band Arctic Monkeys, released on 23 January 2006 by Domino Recording Company and on 21 February 2006 in the United States. The album includes their first two singles "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and "When the Sun Goes Down", as well as re-recorded versions of both tracks from the band's debut EP, Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys. This is the only Arctic Monkeys album with bassist Andy Nicholson, as he left the band shortly after the album's release. Forming in 2002, Arctic Monkeys frequently gave away free demo CDs to fans at gigs, which resulted in fans uploading the band's music to social media sites. As their attention hugely grew, the band had garnered great demand from fans, the press and the music industry. Several of the album's tracks had been released for free via the Internet in late 2004, which consolidated on the unofficial Beneath the Boardwalk compilation. Musically, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not features indie rock, garage rock revival, post-punk revival, punk rock, alternative rock, and Britpop. Its thematic content has been likened to a concept, generally concerning nightlife, including lyricism surrounding clubbing and pub culture, and romance from the perspective of young Northerners. Prior to the release of Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Arctic Monkeys achieved their first UK number-ones with "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor", which was the most acclaimed song of 2005, and "When the Sun Goes Down". The album became the fastest selling debut album in British music history, selling over 360,000 copies in its first week, and remains the fastest selling debut album by a band. It has since gone 7× platinum in the UK. In the US, it also became the second-fastest selling independent record label debut album in history and was certified gold by RIAA for selling 500.000 copies there. The album received widespread critical acclaim from critics for its depiction of youth British culture and for resurging British indie music that had waned after the 1990s. Among its accolades included being named the best album of 2006 by Time magazine, winning the Brit Award for Best British Album, winning the 2007 Mercury Prize, and receiving a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. It has been ranked in several greatest albums lists', including 371 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, 19 in NME's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and 30 in Rolling Stone's 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time.Wikipedia
This album took everything that was good about the British rock bands at the time (stop-start guitars, great hooks, catchy and danceable bass lines, great lyrics) and then turned it up to 11. What I like the most is that you can train your ear to listen to any of the parts of this band - the drumming is solid (far more so than say, Franz Ferdinand), each song is driven by terrific guitars and bass that will stay in your head as long as the lyrics will. THAT is what makes this album so impressive to me - the sum of its parts is stronger than any album I've heard in a long time. Another point to make is that this album honestly has no weak tracks at all. Zero. Every song is, at worst, above average.
An insanely great debut album. Thought-provoking, raw lyrics with infectious hooks combined with an understated voice that blends into a well mixed band. There is a commonality between the songs in how the band sounds, but each song lives on it's own and has their own character. Every component has a role to bring these songs to life. One of my favorite albums. Don't think there is a bad song on this album. Stand-outs: Mardy Bum, From the Ritz to the Rubble ,Riot Van, Dancing Shoes
Primero lo primero: este es un GRAN disco, independientemente de su historia. Tenía mucho tiempo sin escucharlo, tanto que ahora pienso si realmente lo escuché completo la primera vez o no. Me gustó (re)descubrir las canciones, y transportarme a la época en la que salió el disco. Es increíble que ya hayan pasado 15 años! Desde el punto de vista histórico, para mí este disco marca el inicio de una era en la que un grupo de jóvenes fue capaz de producirse y promoverse a sí mismos, sin necesidad de pasar por los canales tradicionales (las disqueras, en este caso), y se replica actualmente en otras formas: gente que publica sus propios libros, que desarrolla aplicaciones millonarias o produce sus propios programas de televisión, utilizando internet como plataforma.
One of my all-time faves. This debut album showed the world that Brit-alt was alive and well.
Yeah, an instant classic I knew I was going to be a simp for these Arctic Monkeys.
Just excellent. Laidback meaningful lyrics to fun, fast tempo-ed, smoothly played rock.
stone cold classic. Being this from the golden era of intenet bootleg I did not hear the real final mix until many years later, I still like some of those demos better than the final version but it is without a doubt one of the great record of my youth. now, 15 years later my favorite is A certain romance, it just has it all, it is the complete time stamp of those day. damn I love this record.
Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not - Arctic Monkeys 1. The View From the Afternoon - 5/5 2. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - 5/5 3. Fake Tales of San Francisco - 5/5 4. Dancing Shoes - 4/5 5. You Probably Couldn’t See For The Lights But You Were Staring Straight At Me - 4/5 6. Still Take You Home - 5/5 7. Riot Van - 5/5 8. Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured - 5/5 9. Marcy Bum - 5/5 10. Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But... - 5/5 11. From The Ritz To The Rubble - 4/5 12. A Certain Romance - 5/5 Overall: 4.75 or 95% Fave Songs: The View From The Afternoon, Still Take You Home, Riot Van, Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But...
Super “throw-on”-able. Short and sweet, catchy and sexy, and full of spunk. This was a big hit for me.
all around slightly above average but I don't really get why it made the list
The band were fuckin' wank and I'm not having a nice time.
I think if I listened to it more I'd probably like it better
Fun and energetic album. Only a few songs stand out but overall I enjoyed it.
Better than I remember.
Its thematic content has been likened to a concept, generally concerning nightlife, including lyricism surrounding clubbing and pub culture, and romance from the perspective of young Northerners. The album became the fastest selling debut album in British music history, selling over 360,000 copies in its first week, and remains the fastest selling debut album by a band. It has since gone 6× platinum in the UK. In the US, it also became the second-fastest selling independent record label debut album in history. The album received widespread critical acclaim from critics for its depiction of youth British culture and for resurging British indie music that had waned after the 1990s. Cover artwork of the album is a photo of Chris McClure—a close friend of the band, frontman of The Violet May and brother of Jon McClure of Reverend and The Makers—taken in the early hours of the morning in Korova bar, Liverpool after the band had given him, his cousin and his best friend "seventy quid to spend on a night out"
I actually don't really mind this. It's not incredible or mind-blowing, but it's serviceable for what it is.
12 shite songs. 1 half decent one. Jimmy Saville sounding motherfucker
Detta gillar jag.
ah sim macaquinhos do arctico
Nice. Reminds me of the best of the punk era, with perhaps a bit better guitar playing.
I loved this album. Great stuff. Right in my wheelhouse
Where I was in my teenage years for not listen to this all day? I recognize the most famous songs, but the whole album is great!
This album reminds me of my teenage years. Dirty guitars, funny lyrics, MASSIVE drumming. One of the best first albums by a band in rock history. I'll keep listen to it for the rest of my life.
Really liked this! High energy but I stayed with it all the way through. Will definitely relisten, maybe a 9 from me
great album, extremely bri’ish.
Un debut demoledor, cuesta creer que esos mocosos consiguieran semejante disco.
I forgot all about these guys. Great album from start to finish!
No other album has had such an impact on me.
One of the best debuts in the last 30 years. When the Sun Goes Down is one of the greatest riffs in indie rock.
Ferocious and snarky dance punk that hits hard from the first to last track! Somehow I overlooked this band when I was in high school and only really ever listened to the singles. Will have this one on repeat for a while.
Love this album!
Amazing album. In my personal opinion the Article Monkeys best. This album just has such great energy to it. The whole thing feels like a night out in bars and clubs. One of my all time favourites.
I've loved this album for a couple years now so this will be biased. My favorite project from the the band even though AM is more popular and has a more pop-y sound. You can hear the grit of the concerts in the music.
A modern day punk record you can dance to. For a debut album it’s a masterclass in rocking out and having a blast while doing it. Every track is cool and riffy and flying through at the speed of sound.
Didn't even need to listen to this one I know every word
A disc i heard a lot of times. It´s a refreshing young version of rock that we need in those years of the begining of XXIº century. By the way, i love song called "I bet you look good on the dancefloor". Very coloured songs.
Masterpiece for a debut.
Grandisimo disco. Inconfundible estilo de los Artic Monkeys. Esa frescura en sus instrumentales y esa voz inconfundible que hacen que sea una gran experiencia escucharles.
It's 5 stars. We all know that.
It's too bad Arctic Monkey's follow-up, "Favourite Worst Nightmare," isn't on the list. It opens with "Brianstorm" - not a typo -- "Brian Top marks for not tryin' So kind of you to bless us with your effortlessness We're grateful and so strangely comforted" Which reminds me so much of these reviews. I don't think they're "not tryin'," but they do make it seem effortless. As for Arctic Monkeys and "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not," more top marks are deserved. This was their debut, and they made a huge impact. I listened to their first two albums a lot, but didn't keep up with them. I don't know anything from their 3rd or 4th albums, which I think weren't as commercially successful. (The debut was actually a really huge hit, but I don't recognize any songs from 3 and 4 - no US radio play?) Their 5th, "AM," was also pretty big and I know some of those songs, but I don't know their most recent record. But "Whatever" absolutely holds up. (So does "Favourite.") So much great energy and brilliant lyrics from Alex Turner. He has a refreshingly different English accent and style of singing after too much Brit-pop on the list. I also enjoy the thematic nature of "Whatever," without it being a full concept or story album. I was thinking about going with a 4, because I think "Favourite" is a little bit better (the rare improvement on the sophomore album). However, the more I listen and think about it, the more I realize that they are both 5-star albums for me, with infinite replayability.
One of the greatest debut albums of all time
Energetic like only young new bands can record. Witty like the best writers and sung in Sheffield vernacular too. Great fun.
I really enjoyed this one. Especially the excellent instrumentation. I've listened to Arctic Monkeys and enjoyed them in the past, but not this particularly album. I can't listen to them for too long in one go, as I find them a bit too hectic for that. But I do feel like I could listen to them more often and check out their other albums.
the bass line is hot asf and i really love this album. overall fun time blaring arctic monkeys on the speakers especially when the sun goes down.
So that album remembered me about my school days and my first relations with a guy who loved old tracks by Arctic Monkeys
A good bit of sticky romance, loved this when it came out. Was tossing up between 4 and 5, 5 stars firmed up the more I listened
Fav albums of all time
Still sounds like an unbelievably assured debut
One of the great debut albums. There was nothing like it when it was released. Witty, gritty, loud and demanding endless replays. Lots of stand out tracks too.
I'd heard I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor on the radio and thought it was alright - not amazing, but not crap either. Then a mate played me the full album and I got it. This would easily go into my top 10 albums of all time.
один из лучших их Альбомов у них
Þetta er svo ógeðslega töff plata!
Well this goes straight to the top of my "knew they were critically acclaimed but never sought them out" surprise list. And another one that I can't find anything that I don't like and nothing else that I would ask for. Listened three times. Every song hits. Noticed the bass lines and drums a lot more in the repeat playings. Great energy without being screamy or annoying and lyrically great without being complicated or pretentious. Definitely checking out the rest of their catalog now.
I was really impressed...
I never want to become a person who doesn't think 'get on your dancing shoes, you sexy little swine' is not a brilliant lyric to open a song with. This is essentially the soundtrack to my first year at university. I have a great memory of my friend whose American and really into AM get so excited the first time we got in a taxi and he saw the "red lights indicate doors are secure" sticker!
High paced indie rock that brings everything to the table. Starts and never lets up. Highlight Tracks: 1, 2, 9, 11, 13
Awesome album! Great example of indie "post-punk".
Great album! Maybe it is a bit generic, but I am not very familiar with this genre of music, so I wouldn't know.
Damn I love this album
клёвый альбом 9/10/8
An obvious five plus for me considering its my all time favourite album ever of all time. No bad songs. Could do a six paragraph op ed on the birth of the new frontier of indie guitar bands but will save it for another time
Love this band.
A masterpiece. Such an amazing debut from the Arctic Monkeys
This made me feel nostalgic. Favourite Songs: I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor, Mardy Bum, When the Sun Goes Down, From the Ritz to the Rubble
A great album with a real range of banging songs on it. Probably my favourite debut album. 9/10
I used to listen to the songs in this album a lot when I was 16. Never stoped to listen to it as a whole, though. It has a really youthful theme, some shallow, funny and annoying situations of young adulthood. I love it.
Top notch album one of my favs
Love the energy. The world needs more artic monkeys
Fantastic album. Wasn’t a fan of them until I heard this album just this Friday
Still sounds great today. Minor quibbles with the guitar tones but songwriting, performance and vibe are just legit
Best album from the 00s indie era (from Britain anyway). Great story telling and so much energy
Sound of our generation ennit. What an excellent album, not a bad track on it. Such a sound and just holds a perfect memory in space and time for me. Shame they got shit.
Absolutely refreshing take on all music that had preceded it. Poppy, punk, indie, catchy and danceable all at once. Some of the most arresting songs of the decade. All on a debut album. Cover art 3/5. Striking in its own way and explains the attitude on the album
I still think this is a fun and solid album!! When the sun goes down is honestly my favourite Arctic Monkeys song and when I saw them back at reading fest I’m like 75% sure someone threw a cup of pee at me during I bet you look good on the dance floor but it was so fun I leant into the 25% chance it was apple juice and had a lovely time. Good album fun tunes. The CD of this had lots of cigarettes on it and mum didn’t let us play it so it feels a lil rebellious too.
Reyt good this. 100% biased by nostalgia but there's just so many bangers.
SOLID BOPS An album that was huuuge for me growing up, and still holds up SO WELL I forgot how much I love the energy of Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But... A Certain Romance is such a perfect closer I can't list faves because they're all faves
One of the best
Começando os 1001 álbuns justo com um dos favoritos da adolescência <3
Ballert aber das war ja bekannt
Heel wat jeugdsentiment met dit album, dat waarschijnlijk een groot stuk mijn muzieksmaak heeft beïnvloed. Het is rauw, stevig, swingend en rockend. En perfect meezingbaar (of brulbaar). Geen twijfel over de 5* vandaag!
Not a bad tune on this. Keeps you up and listening to every hilarious second.
Yes yes yes. Listen to Alex Turner?? YES
Este disco me encanta!!!
Exuberant, observant, gritty
Could easily be a contender for greatest debut album ever. How a band so young could sound so assured is extraordinary. Turner is a genius observer of the world around him, conjuring up portraits of late night Sheffield. And the music is so so good, catchy and exuberant and thrilling rock. Do believe the hype.
It's a perfect album less some recording quirks picked up on this time around. There's a perfect LP flip and an immaculate run of songs from A6 to B1 and B2. Plays like very few concept albums can with its flow and false starts and stops, packs so much with so little into forty minutes.
It's been a long while since I've listened to this in full, but it's proper good. Brilliant lyrics but it doesn't drag. Bit dated these days (I never even had a phone where pressing star after unlock was a thing) but love a bit of Monkeys.
Got to be 5 stars
Super first album.
Probably their best album
wish they still sounded like this
wow. I'd only ever heard their singles before this album, I had no idea that they rocked this hard. pretty kickass album with lots of good guitar parts.
Very good track lengths and they flow into each other well This is kinda a fav album?
Like a simultaneous breath of fresh air and a bolt of lightning, Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys blazed their way towards the well travelled roads of British indie and added new perspectives in dizzying wordplay and tightly constructed instrumentation, whilst using the novel advantage of the internet to the lexicon of how to create lasting impacts. What followed is a career that has led towards twists and turns that only the Monkeys can take, with the aplomb and ambition that few groups of their ilk could muster and master and they wouldn't have gotten there if they hadn't made this album. What a stellar debut album, what a band they'll be.
perfect what else should I say? Perfectly captures 00s nostalgia and the accents are just superb. Always worth a listen.
Amazing debut. Great garage rock album and one of the earliest examples of internet fame translating into a massive success. I love this album and keepnit in constant rotation. It's hard for me to find a bad track here.
Excellent, a fresh take on the concept album. Don't much like the dischordant jerky guitars, but this was a ground breaking piece of work.
Always enjoy this album their best work
Cult for a reason. Theses tunes are all full of enough energy to make you dance all night long
Excellent premier album pour ce groupe. Superbe énergie. Cet album est aussi important parce qu'il marque les débuts d'une démocratisation dans la façon de faire découvrir sa musique avec son succès monstre sur Myspace avant la sortie même de l'album. Le succès d'un groupe ne dépend plus de quelques personnes de l'industrie musicale qui décident des nouveaux bands à promouvoir à la radio ou sur MTV. Bien sûr c'est un succès des ventes parce que le groupe a du talent, mais c'est un changement majeur dans la façon de découvrir les groupes.
Yet another band that I've slept on for reasons I don't know. This was a banger and now I have to dive deeper into their discography. A fantastic album from start to finish.
Still sounds great.
Oh, right. It's that British White Stripes band. At least, that's how I mentally categorized them back when this album came out. Just another copycat. But, with the clarity of hindsight and the perspective of the intervening years, I think I was being unfair. There's a lot going on here that's unique and delightful. The lyrics, in particular, are really stinkin' clever. Add to that a sound that's utterly relentless and you've got some pretty great songwriting. It's an album that never lets the listener sit back and relax. Once you hit play, you're on the hook. And I'm here for that. In fact, after listening to the whole thing, I think it's not so much an imitation of White Stripes as it is an evolution of the sound. I think that, on balance, this is superior. I didn't expect to give Arctic Monkeys full marks but here we are.
Whatever People Say This Album Is, I'm Rating It 5 Stars
What a ride the Arctic Monkeys took me on. I had pretty low expectations; I'd never listened before honestly because when I was younger I thought the band's name was stupid. Turns out 'I' was being stupid! A fantastic, rocking romp by this British band. You can listen for the lyrics, or listen for the instrumentals, or both! It's one of those albums that excels at all the pieces it tries to nail. Will definitely be listening to it again.
We all have the generation al album of our teen years and this is mine!
F-ing marvelous. Solid gold songwriting, attitude and riffs.
A classic worthy of the moniker. Witty, catchy tunes
Sounds like a classic, but it doesn’t behave like one. Great production but it lacks a cohesive team, however the performances feel present and vivid.
6/30 3.5/5. I like their newer work more than their straight punk stuff, but they've clearly always been a talented group with great songwriting and a fresh sound. Standout Tracks: I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, Riot Van, Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But..., From the Ritz to the Rubble
A really fun post-punk album. I find it a bit strange that this album is on the list, but not the superior AM. Best track: When The Sun Goes Down
Good rock album.
'I bet that you look good on the dancefloor' and 'dancing shoes' are classics. 'red light indicates....' is cool. Very nice for pop-rock. 4stars
Lo más reciente de los Arctic no me gusta nada nadita y cuando tuve oportunidad de verlos en vivo (2016 o 2017) me parecieron aburridos y demasiado centrados en un Alex Turner ególatra y con aires de seductor. Dicho lo anterior, este disco me parece una joya (aunque en su momento la presna lo exageró un poco), especialmente con sus cambios de ritmo en baterías y guitarras y el montonal de energía en casi todas las canciones.
Great production, some really nice riffs and vocally very well performed. Lyrics left a bit to be desired.
Great album! Never really gave the Arctic Monkeys a chance so plan on seeing what else they have to offer.
It's just a fun, rambunctions rock record. The songs are pretty catchy, lyrics fun, energetic, with a few minor tempo changes. Very good.
Listening to this in 2021 seems derivative, but there were a lot of standouts in this album the songs have a very clean structure, and good variation. They never dwell too long on any given theme or melody which keeps you engaged. will probably need a few more listens to form a full opinion
Debutar con un disco así tiene que ser impresionante. Lo mejor de ellos es que han seguido creciendo. Canciones como: The view from aftyernoon, I bet you look good on the danceflorr, Riot van, ... y terminar con A certain romance. Muy cerca de las 5 estrellas.
Feels like the Strokes but British. Pretty good!
Soooo many UK references, be interesting to hear other countries opinions of these
it was okay I actually enjoyed it alot. reminded me of the good days
A second day in a row of actually enjoying the album I'm listening to...yay! A nice trip down memory lane. I bet Peter Schmeicel looks good on the dancefloor so let's go with him.
If Arctic Monkeys came along 10 years earlier I think I'd have been a huge fan purely because of the kind of music I was listening to at that time. Really like this album though. Highly influential too. 8/10 ⚽ Euro player: Gordon Banks. Sheffield born. Internationally famous. Might have been more apt if it was a Pulp album seeing as his nephew is the drummer.
Very much enjoyed this. Has taken me years to appreciate it. Listening to their latest album and enjoying that helped.
Classic 1st album, although a little thin sounding these day
this one is jam packed full of nostalgia. listening to this while i've got a bit of back pain is ramming home how old i actually am. though to be fair i definitely don't miss being 21 at all, my kidneys are hurting just thinking about it and its actually quite nice to be a bit pissed off 3 pints. anyway back to the album, memories aside, it has suffered from the same problem that most 2000s indie, take away the killer and the filler is really hard to listen to. there are some absolute timeless bangers on this album but the shit tracks give you a window into the self absorbed shitty nature of that indie movement. perfect for a pisshead student but must have been a cancerous bunch of people to anyone not involved in it. i hate young people. they're awful.
So alt, so gut!
Mardy Bum по кайфу вроде пришлась. Да и Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But… Да и When The Sun Goes Down. Да и From The Ritz To The Rubble. Да и A Certain Romance. Может, я просто въезжать стал к концу? Не, хуйня, переслушиваю по второму кругу и снова этот фрагмент более раскачивает. Ну типа бля, я понимаю, что там вроде какие-то щенки, которые похайпили на инди-сцене и забылись порядочными людьми. Ничего уважительного особо не слышал. Но как бы йоу, неплохие треки то, прям вот настрой будто подняли. Что после предшествующих напрягающих альбомов просто роса божья. Проносится довольно быстро, наконец завозя фан вместо духоты. Вроде бы композиционно тоже не примитив, интересненькие решения мелькают. Ну на облоге кун с сигой как быдлан, не одобряем, да. Но альбом неплох.
Ну объективно не так плохо и продажно, как их последующее творчество. Плюс, конечно, умом понимаю, что не для меня сделано и не для таких как я. Посему существовать разрешаю, и в целом оцениваю скорее положительно. Энергетика прет, пусть меня и раздражает такое порой. Видно, шо как раз от Элвиса Костелло кусок щапинули, такой же бесперебойный поток подростковых мыслей. Зато хуки неплохие порой завозят, да и в целом музыкальная часть сойдёт. Кроме более медленных номеров ближе к концу — че-то как-то глаза закатывались от них. Хочется тройбан ебануть, но совесть немного гложет, все-таки вполне крепко сбитое и веселое музло для тинейджеров, хуй бы с ним, слушается и слушается. Посему опять 7/10
Arctic Monkeys are in the top 10 of the wildest concerts I have experienced. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform in Leeds (almost in their home town Sheffield) and I can tell you, people went insane and it felt like standing in the middle of a British football match with the cheering fans and the roman candles and all. This album reminds me of the last half of my teenage years and even now I can appreciate this album and how well it is put together. I will recommend it to anyone who feels a bit of teenage angst or need to reminisce about a simpler time and listen to some good indie rock.
the view from the afternoon- more like come on eileen pero mas edgy :p 2.5/5 i bet you look good on the dance floor- una de mis favs en 2016. me dieron ganas de bailar en la discooooo, 5/5 fake tales of san francisco- buena riot haría con esta canción de fondo. 3/5 dancing shoes- q manijeraaaaaaaaaa 5/5 you probably couldnt see (...)-"im so tense and never tenser".... exclamó martina entrando al liceo. 2,5/5 still take you home-mmmm 2/5 riot van- hermosa hermosa 5/5 "they ask why they dont catch proper crooks, they got their names and their adress took, but they couldnt care less" red lights indicates doors are secured-como vas a tomar smirnoff ice marica 2/5 solo por eso!! MARDY BUM MI CANCION FAVORITA DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS 10!0000000/10 <3<3<3<3 perhaps vampires (...)-2/5 no mi tipo de cancion sorry when the sun goes down- 5/5 una de mis favs from the ritz to the rubble- "well, im so glad they turned us all away, we'll put it down to fate" literalmente yo. esta cancion: yo--- a certain romance-amo, otra de mis favs 5/5
Still holds up.
A very decent upbeat punk album. 8.0/10
Classic noughties bangers
Great album. Lyrics go a bit deeper and resonate more as a younger adult. Music is catchy and easy to flow with. 8.2/10
I don’t get what’s so revolutionary about this album. It’s good but great? I don’t think so.
Always loved this album--bunch of great standout tracks.
Lyrically superb and has aged surprisingly well. Liked it more than when it came out.
I like the distorted sound. The distortion reminds me a bit of The White Stripes. I can definitely hear the punk influences throughout. It’s enough punk mixed in with rock to pique my interest. I really enjoy debut albums, as this is, because it gives me a sense of the foundation of a band’s sound. Often they are the culmination of years of a group scratching and clawing to get an album made. A lot of times debut albums are self produced or at least not overly produced by the big guns because the studio won’t invest the money yet. This all gives great insight into how a band thinks they want to, or should, sound. When bands are successful and then more people get involved in the making of an album. Some times that results in a band’s sound evolving in a positive way from exposure to beneficial influences that keep the sound fresh and/or polish the rough edges in a professional way. Other times it can lead to a band’s foundational sound getting distorted, buffed out, and lost, which is a shame. I am intrigued enough and am ready to listen to this album more and more Arctic Monkeys. I hope the future albums retain this raw, distorted, punk influenced, rock sound I’m enjoying.
Original rock, good album to keep you moving on a slow day.
Much more enjoyable than i expected.
(Before I start, I want to note that I'm a youngster yet I have never heard or listened to Arctic Monkeys before, so I come in with no expectations.) One of the many bands that follow The Strokes' indie rock revival derivative of punk and garage rock. And in this album, the sources are much clearer, with direct, confrontational, and angry lyrics. The instrumentation is, however, much more complex deriving from alt rock of the prior 20 years (I'm getting big Britpop vibes), but incorporating both the spirit of punk and several techniques (most notably the use of breaks to give up and start all over again). This comes in an age where punk bands knew their target audience and appealed to exactly that... But it helps that the band started when they were also teenagers. That is, there is a great level of teenage angst covering themes of nightclub culture. The tracks are solid, with each retaining the high energy and angst to remind me of its punk origins, yet also rotating with softer lyrics that display a plethora of adolescent emotions. As a punk fan, this is an album that gets better with each listen, and after getting used to it, I'd love to explore the rest of the discography.
Great album IMO. Saved!
Interesting pacing. Very insightful lyrics. favorite song Mady bum
1. Loud. Reminds me of Fall Out Boy somewhat maybe but different instrumentals. 2. What this is so good. I love the guitar and energy. 3. This sounds different. Lol the rockstars practicing their lines lyrics. Proof that love’s not only blind but deaf lyric is hilarious. LOUD. I like the outro. 4. God So Loud 5. Love the intro. Why so loud?? 6. Yay LOUD casual misogyny 7. Interesting. Less loud 8. Oh loudness is back. I like when they sort of shout in unison. It’s sounds cool. 9. I really like the intro. I think this would grow on me a lot. It has more melody than a lot of the other songs. 10. I like this a lot. It’s just so loud. I don’t think this album was made to listen to on AirPods (obviously) and as such it could probably do with some remastering. It might sound a lot better on a god stereo system not on earbuds. The outro is a bit long. I think I’m just getting loudness fatigue. 11. I like this. Story telling is good. I’m really fatigued by the instrumentals on this album. But I like when they soften up the background instrumentals. 12. Saturday night/Sunday differences, I like this. The instrumentals aren’t as ear jarring either. I really like the delivery of the lyrics too. It reminds me of something. 13. Drums in intro are cool. I’m getting electric guitar fatigue though. Intro in general is cool. I wish the whole album had striven for closer to this level of loudness. What I like about this album is the way the vocalist delivers his lyrics. What I don’t like is it also just felt like a lot of the instrumentals were unnecessary background noise that didn’t really add anything melodic. And made me get album fatigue much earlier than normal. The album has good energy, interesting lyrics, great delivery, but I don’t get why make it so loud and noisy. What’s the point? I swear my ears hurt now. Favorite Song: I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor 2nd listen: (after listening to most recent LP and highlights from all other albums) 1. This is catchy af 2.Still super into this. Love the montague/capulet reference too 3. I like this but I still think the instrumentals are too loud for the vocals 4. This is just slightly too rock for me 5. Big fan of this intro. The song ends too abruptly though. 6. Slightly too rock for me again but I like the instrumental guitar plucky breakdown/bridge a lot. Last verse is so clever. 7. I really like this sound and I can see the early traces of the future sound of the band in this. The proper crooks line is clever. The instrumentals in the bridge are super pretty. I wouldn’t mind a whole album closer to this sound. 8. I like this a lot but the but the bpm throughout this album gets monotonous to me. It loses its impact at some point. 9. love this intro. This sounds like something else I’ve heard but I can’t decide what. The melody of this is good. I really like instrumental breakdown at the bridge part. 10. Early indication of his thematic interests. I really like the chorus but the verses kinda run together. The drums in the bridge are cool. 11. Roxanne line is clever. I really like sound/vibe of this song. 12. This is just a great song. If this was my genre (it’s not) it’d be a fave. 13. Great intro. Great song. More chill and I appreciate that. I love the instrumental breakdown. I think this is my favorite song on the album. It definitely feels like a closing track as well Favorite Songs: 1. A Certain Romance 2. From the Ritz to the Rubble 3. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor 4. Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But 5. When The Sun Goes Down Overall this album is a bit too much for me. I get listening fatigue because it’s so high energy with not enough breaks. I can’t see myself returning to it but I can recognize that it’s objectively a great record. It made me want to check out the rest of their discography and I like their evolution.
Exciting debut album from the Monkeys, but it does have a problem of songs sounding very same-y throughout the entire album which holds it back a little bit.
Solid, hard-rocking debut album. The guitars are great, Alex Turner's voice is fitting for the British punk revival the album is going for. Fav songs: I bet you look good on the dance floor, dancing shoes
Classic album, I love listening to it and would put it on loop. Favorite song was Riot Van.
One of my favorites
This was surprisingly strong, sexy, and fun. I would say that overall it lacked a "need" to come back for me, but I happily would.
Surprisingly better than I expected. I have somehow grew to hate artic monkeys cause their latest albums suck IMO, but I remembered the old times where they were good...
Very brit-punk-alt-something. I don't mind give me a Cigarette and a fish and chip yo.
Great album, but it's Turner's voice that takes this from 3 to 4.
I dig it a lot
It is a bit of a classic isn't it? There are some really great tunes on here and lyrically it's like Rock and Roll Alan Bennett
Unexpected gem from 2006. Having never heard of this band at all, it is rather surprising how meteoric their rise was following their debut. "A Certain Romance" bringing back playful memories of ska with its rhythm, the final song is a fitting finish to what has been a trip down memory lane, tracking influences and appreciating their interpretation of their predecessors. "Mardy Bum" in a weird way, the pop-sound provoked a super odd memory of Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" in its seemingly care-less delivery. Do with that, as you will. Overall, Arctic Monkeys did well to be their own sound yet offer up significant homage to their upbringing and influences. A fine example of how music evolves with joys of the new, and cherishing past and present.
When indie goes mainstream. Wonderful start to finish.
Good album, good mix, fun with fx on vocals
Ik zit heel erg in twijfel over deze artiest. Sommige stukken die richting punkrock gaan zijn heel erg leuk. Lekker snel, lekker melodieus. Maar andere stukken lijken wel metal, ska of hebben "progressief" overgangen. Dat is dan weer niet zo mijn ding. ****
The view from the afternoon is the strongest of starts for any album! So nostalgic.
Goodness me this was good. Not heard anything by the band before other than the hype, which on this evidence is more than justified. The energy, the urgency, the songs, the drumming, the riffs, the baselines and lyrics make for a very large sum of the parts.
Lovely and jangly in all the best ways. And witty! I didn’t realise the lyrics were so cunning.
Gratamente sorprendido. Buenas melodías y voces. En su punto de rock suave
I thought this was alright when it first came out, and still find it pretty enjoyable. A bit scuzzy, a bit garage, and it's refreshing to hear a singer keep their regional accent. You can also detect they have a lounge album brewing, if you listen closely! 😆 Fave track - "From The Ritz To The Rubble" caught my attention this time through!
TVFTA - 4.5/5 IBYLGOTD - 4.5/5 FTOSF - 4/5 Dancing Shoes 4/5 YPCSFTLBYW... - 3/5 STILL TAKE YOU HOME 4/5 RIOT VAN 5/5 RLIDAS 4.5/5 mardy bum 4/5 PVIABS 3.5/5 wtsgd 4.5/5 ftrttr 5/5 a certain romance 4/5 84% very much liked
Un dels grans clàssics del rock de la primera década del segle. En un moment en què NME encara era mitjà de gran rellevància a l'hora de modelar l'opinió pública a Europa, els van empènyer amb força fins i tot abans de sortir aquest primer disc. Molt molt de hype, merescut només fins a cert punt, com han demostrat ells mateixos, millorant al llarg de la seva discografia. Això sí, alguns dels himnes que aquí es troben, espurnes brillants de juventut i espontaneïtat, mereixen tot el reconeixement
4.5, really impressed, but not enough for 5
Initially did not dig it at all, but a very solid debut indeed
This album was a lot of fun. I’d listen again
Pretty pretty good
Fun and energetic! Not a fan of AM but this is the best album by them I've heard. I will definitely relisten more times. Favorite tracks: * The View From The Afternoon * From The Ritz To The Rubble * A Certain Romance
One of my favorite albums when I started getting into music around age 13.
Well what an album. Artic Monkeys are just so iconic, I don't think they can be classed as landfill indie (like similar bands of their era). I love the story telling in their songs
I found listening to this album a bit of a strange experience because it feels like these songs are so securely anchored in a particular time that to listen to them, like, seriously on my own was odd. It was a bit dated, like some serious misogyny going on there that I was not aware of at the time, but the bangers are still absolute bangers and I really like the down to earth way that the artic monkeys sing about things.
It's banger after banger, the peak of Arctic Monkeys, what an iconic sound and how quickly it whips you back to a certain time. Incredible story-telling, I can remember finding the songs fascinating as they gave me a window into a different kind of life when I was like 14/15. Now however, there is a tinge of misogyny which I hadn't picked up on at the time songs like "Still take you home" can be hard to listen to now when you're properly listening to the words and everything. Still love you though Monkeys.
Hadn't heard this before. They manage to do quite a lot in under three minutes that the songs running over three minutes somehow feel a lot longer than they are. Quite liked this.
1001 Albums Generator Day 1 "We were in a dressing room next to the Arctic Monkeys. This time most of us had ventured out to see some bands, leaving just Mikey's sister and Ian curled up in separate corners of the dressing room trying to sleep. Mikey's sister had just managed to doze off when a champagne bottle flew over the partition wall and smashed on the ground dangerously close to her head. Ian, not yet asleep, witnessed this, grabbed the bottle from the floor and stormed over to give the excitable children from the Arctic Monkeys a piece of his mind. I returned to the dressing room a few minutes later to find Ian kicking their dressing room door in while wielding the shattered bottle as a weapon and shouting, 'which one of you little cunts threw this?!!! Own up!!! Oi! Trophy Head, was it you? You are not fucking with the Kaiser Chiefs now. I'm going to kill you.'" - Eddie Argos, 'I Formed A Band' This album came out when I was 16, and I loved it. It was miles ahead of all the other bands doing similar things back then. They had an amazing rhythm section, lyrics with actual wit and flow and details chosen for effect rather than mindlessly accumulated. I'd gone off them a bit by the time Humbug came out, and they've turned into trophy-headed little cunts, but their music has mostly kept to a fairly high standard while trying different things. They've done a pretty good job of making rock music that draws on music from the last 20-ish years without being reliant on backing tracks, and I think that's the bare minimum any band should be doing, but as that isn't the case I applaud them for it. The moments that hold up best on this one are the funkiest, lightest on their feet and the most vulnerable, where the jokes are self-protective. The lumbering heaviness that briefly dominated their sound was already present in places, and those have always been the bits I like the least. The weakest song for me has always been Perhaps Vampires, which certainly isn't a plodder, but it's played with a ferocity that steamrollers the groove. I guess they were quite into The Jam at the time. A Certain Romance turns into one of the best songs, but starts out as Ocean Colour Scene. From the Ritz to the Rubble, on the other hand, is all about rhythm and space. Elsewhere we were talking about recent talky bands, and while Yard Act seem to be getting compared with The Fall, I think they have more in common with this album. They come across like decent and funny people from what I've read, too, so it's a shame they're just not in the same league. I don't know if I'd call this a classic, but it's still my favourite of theirs and one I'd rank above a lot of albums which do get put in that category. It was a real pleasure to listen to it for the first time in a few years.
A great album tied to a horrible time in my life. The scenes, personalities, and dilemmas described in each song are the stuff of younger year legend and the backing tracks are pumped full with the same vim and ornery playfulness. Each song is impossibly better than the one before. I miss the memories, but I’m glad I’m past them!
This has a bit more filler in the middle than I remembered but when it slaps it slaps and oh boy does it slap
Excellent album. So much energy
I enjoyed returning to this album with all its quirks!
Whip-smart debut, this.
Punk rock, from their early days. Really good.
High energy, catchy, fun stuff. Best so far of the post-2000 albums I've reviewed on here. Fave Songs: You Probably Couldn't See for the Lights but You Were Staring Straight at Me, From the Ritz to the Rubble, A Certain Romance, Mardy Bum, When the Sun Goes Down, Riot Van, Fake Tales of San Francisco
De va helt cheeling
One of a very few albums I've bought for myself. Loud, messy, laddish, I love it. Highlights: Dancing Shoes, Still Take You Home.
Day 10: Artic Monkeys is a band I've listened to a couple times before, I enjoy there music when I'm in the mood for it. They have catchy tunes, decent lyrics you can follow. There music may not be ground breaking for me but I would definitely say it's good. This album did not disappoint, Couple songs that are already in playlists of mine were fun to listen to and the ones I hadn't heard before were still good. Overall an easy album to listen to. Favourite Track: Mardy Bum, I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Fun album, the accent sounds like George Formby at times, but generally a good guitar pop record with loads of fun lyrics and great riffs. Wasn't life changing for me personally, but there's nothing to complain about.
When I first heard Arctic Monkeys way back when, the lack of melody made it hard to get in to. Now I love this album. Pace, rock guitar, and a singer who is sometimes yelling.
If that's the case, what a horrible album. No catchy songs, not one song that's got me dancing and smiling.
What a fun, energetic album. Incredible debut, especially considering the band were pretty much just kids.
Hi- Fake Tales of San Francisco, Dancing Shoes, Still Take You Home, Riot Van, From the Ritz to the Rubble There was a time in the mid-90's when your "Alternative" band might not fit into the scene unless they had a nonsensical name like Screaming Trees or Harvey Danger or Manic Street Preachers. Arctic Monkeys recognizes this and goes right to work to evoke what made that era fun. The View from the Afternoon trolls you into thinking the song ends, just to come back full-force, perhaps a preview that Arctic Monkeys have no compunction about subverting expectations. Dancing Shoes is poppy, bouncy little ditty. Still Take You Home opens with serious crunchy driving rhythm that sort of kinda goes "loljk" and turns back into thrashy, silly fun. Riot Van is a lush, relaxing breath of fresh air in the middle of the set. From the Ritz... has a furious tone and is layered with excellent progressions and does a nice job of setting us for the final act, A Certain Romance, which has a nice ska/reggae rhythm and feels like a nice closing act for all the controlled chaos that preceded it.
Classic of my youth
This album is fun as fuck. 4.5
fav track: red light indicates doors are secured
The Arctic Monkeys entered the garage rock revival of the 2000's right around the peak, so they had a lot to gain from their debut album with a honed attack of tight drums, jittery guitar, and a driving bassline to hold it all down. Most notable of the Arctic Monkey's sound is vocalist Alex Turner's accent, which makes Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not feel like a natural sequel to the britpop of the 90's (the band has cited Oasis as an influence; quelle suprise). One of the impressive things about this record is how danceable it is. Not only is it filled with energy and fun grooves, but it explicitly makes references to dance. "Dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984", "Get on your dancing shoes", references to clubs and drinking. This is an album for a night out on the town. You can even see it on the album cover, with the glazed over eyes, enjoying a drunk cigarette. Between the blaring dance tracks are the occasional slow, tender songs that break things up. Ultimately this album plays out like a Saturday night, ending as the sun rises on a Sunday morning and the boys stumble home having worn themselves out. Well-paced, but still maintains the fun factor throughout. This is a widely successful by many metrics. It moved units, was praised by critics, and landed several awards including a grammy (but the grammys are a sham anyway). Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not is worth your time. Take a glimpse into english nightlife in the 2000's.
Despite the Do I Wanna Know cover by Chvrches being one of my favourite songs ever, I've never really listened to much Artic Monkeys. I can see why this album was a breakthrough. Mucho awesome O.
Pretty fun, energetic, and inventive. Couldn't really relate to some of the lyrics but even in those cases the music was worth listening to. Overall it was a great ride.
Best Song: From The Ritz To The Rubble. Something about the rapid-fire lyrics of the intro really sticks with me. Paired with the layered vocals, this sounds like a perfect song to hear live. Worst Song: You Probably Couldn't See For The Lights But You Were Staring Straight At Me. Not a bad song, but the inclusion of other vocals really just reminds you how great Alex Turner's vocals are. Overall: A classic album that I'd already listened to extensively before this. As a Canadian, that commitment to the accent sounds incredibly attractive and endearing. The music behind it rocks too, creating this fun and cheeky album that feels like an icon for post-2000s indie rock.
I was a bit down on these at the time but this is a good album. Quite sneery in a very 2005 way but I like that.
This is a really fun album from the Arctic Monkeys. Personally, I think it is their second best album. I would have loved to be in my prime when this music was popular. Best Songs: Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor, From Ritz to Rubble, A Certain Romance, Mardy Bum Worst Songs: You Probably Couldn't See For the Lights..., Dancing Shoes
This album is possible the best entry in the British alt-rock/garage revival period of the mid 2000s. The bass is driving and the guitar is punchy. Overall there is a lot of post-punk influence in this album. The production and arrangement are phenomenal. One of my favorite qualities in music is when a song is allowed to build and scale back in a way that almost renders it suite-like. This album is full of that dynamic shift which makes the emotional payoff so much more potent. I think if I had been exposed to this music when it came out it would resonate more, but I can recognize that this album truly belongs on this list.
★★★★☆ still love this album, start to finish
This is an album I know--good start. Record starts off strong but kind of tapers in terms of song strength (basically after Riot Van). The exception to that is From the Ritz to the Rubble.
Indie rock, punk
Loved this sound. So much energy and angst.
First listen it was kinda, yeah britpop, whatever. Second listen - this album RAWKS. Fun, good stuff. I don't find a whole album on clubbing all that deep, but I'd listen again - hence the 4.
The first thing I noticed about this album is that it starts with almost the same drum fill that Porcupine Tree’s Fear of a Blank Planet ends with. Solid playing on all the tracks and their sound made me think that they were Rush fans although that’s not listed as an influence on their wiki page. I didn’t think I was going to like this at first, but each track has a good hook that draws you in and takes you along for the whole album and there were quite a few clever moments, both in the production and the writing. I never found myself wondering when it was going to end and enjoyed it even more on subsequent replays.
This was a real pleasant surprise. I knew the big hit "I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor," but pretty much every song on this album is really good. It's not just your standard early 200s rock-fare, maybe it's the combination of all the different styles? I dunno. The start-stop beat of that first track really hooked me in. I also liked the fake ending for "Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But..." Maybe it was something I was in the mood for, but I really enjoyed this one. More than I was expecting to.
I very much enjoyed. Took me right back to when I Bet You Look Good On The Dance-floor came out. I am in one particular room in the house I used to clean. Memories are funny aren’t they.
"Do I Wanna Know?" and "R U Mine?" are basically the only Arctic Monkeys songs I know, and every time I hear them, I think "I really need to look into these guys more." This album proves I should have followed that instinct before now. Two things struck me right off the bat. First, the less polished, almost punk-like feel to many of the songs (no surprise, since the aforementioned songs I know are from their fifth album, "AM"). Second, the fact that Alex Turner's delivery reminds me of Matt Schultz from Cage the Elephant. But Cage came after the Arctic Monkeys, so I guess it's the other way around. Either way, I think it's the varying tempo of his singing--he'llrunabunchofwordstogether andthen slow ... things ... down. Can't say why, but I dig it, and the Sheffield accent adds a little something extra to the effect. Thoroughly enjoyed this album, especially "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor." The "whoa whoa whoa dadadada..." bit in "Still Take You Home" bit could have sounded cheesy, but somehow doesn't, and "Mardy Bum" and "When the Sun Goes Down" were surprisingly playful. Not sure I can give this a 5, but I'd give it a 4.5 if I could.
arctic monkeys have this typical alt rock style that reminds of a more sophisticated punk rock alt rock style of the 90s and older. nowadays copied by more bands but still very decent music
I was living in Spain when this album came out, thought it was pretty cool. A few months later I was back in north-west UK, in the car with a few mates - they put this on and they knew EVERY SINGLE WORD. Never underestimate the local cultural impact of a local band doing songs that were so relatable. 4.5
Can't believe it's 16 year since this was released. Where has the time gone. At the time I remember all the hype. It was (and still is) a very good album, obviously cherished by hardcore fans. One slight criticism, it probably is a bit one dimensional, whereas their later albums added some variety.
Not good. Not great. Sorta poppy for my tastes. Reminds me of a more hipster Oasis.
I liked some of it.
Catchy but derivative, a pastiche of post-punk sounds and styles from decades past but not offering too much in originality
Album started out decent but was very same-sy by the end. Will probably listen again and wouldn’t be surprised if it grew on me.
Really solid alternative rock album
Ok album, no bad songs but no really good ones either. Probably won't give it another listen.
Arctic monkeys rule, this album just isn’t their best. It’s still good, and I enjoyed it, but they have better material
I liked it but I imagine teenage me would have been way more excited by their britpopness. Makes sense considering the album came out when I was sixteen.
@@@½. Nice straight-forward rock with a few twists, like quite a few songs on it.
it's all right, but it was never my thing, and it still isn't
One of the better ones
Kinda sparse, a lot of the songs sound the same. Would've probably loved this when it came out and I was in my indie guitar rock phase.
Pretty good genuinely enjoyed
Bottom tier AM album but not bad
já conhecia uma música ou outra... o álbum foi exatamente oq eu achava que ia ser... sem muita variedade. num sou mto fã do estilo mas num é ruim não, vou dar nota 3 pq 2 é pouco... vejo agora q 3 pro supertramp foi pouco, pq esse tbm é inferior ao crime of the century. alguns 3 são muito melhores q outros... o solinho final eh legal
Meh it's the artic monkeys
i listened to this 20 years ago and don't feel like going back
A few bangers.
It was good, fine. Don't know why they're so popular!
I thought this was pretty good, and I'd listen to it again.
Nice riffs de guitare, quelque chanson qui accroche mais pas necessairement mon style. Semblable au black keys dans les meilleurs moments
Not bad it's like the UK style band type music. 6/10.
Fun brit rock. I little grittier than I expected.
Solid album. Catchy rhythms.
Vieles macht der Lad Rock richtig, spiegelt die Seelenlage des Pint haltenden Insel Blokes zu Anfang des neuen Jahrtausends wider, erzählt Alltagsgeschichten für Anfang Zwanzigjährige, die ihren Weekend Thrill mit Stadionbesuch und Kneipentour selbstzufrieden ausschöpfen. Welch verführerisch einfaches Leben. Irgendwann waren wir ja alle dort, aber selbst wenn sich die Änderungen nicht auf die Ausgeh-Frequenz runterbrechen lässt, so wähnt sich mir dieses Album so seltsam fern, heute wie damals. Songs kommen mit Druck und der schnodderigen Leidenschaft eines sympathischen Saufkumpels durch den Pub gebrettert. Völlig glaubwürdig und irgendwie ausgesprochen britisch. Papierfabrik Köln Ehrenfeld vergibt wohl ewige 5.0 und ich haue diese in salomonische Hälften. 2.5
Muy de los monkeys. Casi estilo propio aunque este estilo me deja tibio.
Not bad, not great
Pretty good tbf
Qué tiempos. Qué divertido era todo. También, y sobre todo, Fake tales of San Francisco.
Good but nowhere near their best
Prefiero los álbumes "Favourite Worst Nightmare" y "AM", pero este es su antecedente y por eso hay que quererlo.
likeable enough, but never totally drank the kool-aid with them
Enjoyable listen. Pretty middle of the road album though.
This is a different style than the Arctic Monkeys songs that I know. Not my favorite album tbh, felt pretty same-y throughout. Interesting to see how their music has changed in the past ~10 years though!
the view from the afternoon: ‘anticipation has a habit to set you up for disappointment in evening entertainment’ india summer vibes i bet you look good on the dancefloor: ojalá alguien me la dedique aunque no me vea good on the dancefloor. fake tales of san francisco: era un -5 hasta que dijo ‘is the proof that love's not only blind but deaf’ y me conquistó. dancing shoes: estuvo cute extraño ir al baile la verdad. you probably couldn’t see for the lights: basándome en esta y la canción anterior logro suponer que el alex vio a una gurisa linda en baile y se enamoró pero no la encontró en ig. still take you home: en esta me cayó re mal, brutas vibes al vértigo. riot van: que linda me fumaría un cigarro. red light indicates doors are secured: me aburrí en la mitad. mardy bum: ‘oh when you say i don’t care well of course i do, yeah i clearly do!’ quebraría en llanto si alguien me dice eso. perhaps vampires is a bit strong but...: esta también me aburrió y wtf ese candombe en el medio. when the sun goes down: abolicionistaaaaaaaaa. from the ritz to the rubble: meh. a certain romance: bruta nostalgia me dió:(
Inte toppen! Okej
Not bad for indie.
Good but not really for me
Whatever I say it is, that's what it's not. It's alright. I love the guitar. Sometimes I really enjoy the lyrics. Other times I couldn't care less about them mostly because I simply cannot relate. It's like Holden Caulfield rocking about his various late night bar-hopping escapades.
not their best album, but fun
Hell, thats really Punk-ey. Not at all like their recent albums. I dig the energy, but I strongly dislike the guitar sound. Vocals are, as always, really good. But I guess its a good rock/ punk album? I really don't know. Its fast and explosive.
Post-punk revival album - not my go-to choice for casual listening , but good pump up music for the gym (fast paced, punchy drums and rhythm guitar) 3.5/5
The overlong and fundamentally meaningless title about sums this up for me. Significantly less there than what purports to be.
zabavan, upbeat, crowd pleaser, osobno nisam odusevljena. malo je repetitive. opener je solidan.
Some good old British music. I didn't find it super engaging but I can see why people would like this
i worry album art is more of an afterthought these days. maybe not to the artists but more so for listeners. it's such an important part of the experience. In this case, for me, a negative one. I don't know why but I hate this album art and it's legit having a negative effect on listening to the album.
Gutes Album aber den Einstieg bei den Arctic Monkeys habe ich damals glaube ich Dich nicht rein zufällig verpasst
Pretty good album that I do not find as compelling as the majority of critics do. Can't put my finger on what keeps me at arms length, I'll just say that I didn't connect with this the way I hoped I would 3.25 stars
Good band I completely forgot about. I'd give this an upper 3 and round to 4.
pretty great debut album
Better than I expected, but all songs sound the same
Ok. pretty good modern British rock. didn't blow me away.
Ok. Just started listening. This is cool. (Just so you know, I mainly listen to the sound not the lyrics) 1. Strong opener. I like it.
A good pick me up album. A bit rough around the edges. Remarkable for a debut.
It’s just an „okay” album for me. I wouldn’t necessarily skip it, but I definitely prefer the „AM” album and that vibe, which on the other hand I totally love! Can’t deny that the riffs are usually on point though!
A lot better than I thought it was going to be
Good but why is like 90% of these recs post 1990? Gimme the old stuff.
Definitely knew the band's name before, but that's about it. Don't recall hearing their music. Some cool stuff here. Interesting rhythms, punk-ish melodies and vocals, and tight playing. When I'm in the mood for something with more drive and grit, I could see myself listening to this one again.
I had only heard one Arctic Monkeys song before this, and never looked into them. Not bad. Punk rock isn't something I listen to much, so I doubt I would seek them out, but not awful music by any means.
not for me
It's fine, I guess? 5-6/10
Fully impressive but definitely overshadowed by their more impressive and successful AM album.
Haven't actually heard this before. Not much background with the Arctic Monkeys. Feels like something I should like or perhaps would have liked more if I'd heard it back in the day when it came out. Pretty good straight forward guitar rock. Not sure I'm in love with the vocals but they're mostly fine. That kind sums up my feelings on this album actually... it's fine. Given the theme of the record, I can see why maybe this would have a lot of nostalgia for people who found this at the right age. Decent record but for some reason I didn't fully engage with it. Strong 3 I guess.
Takich arktycznych malpiszonow sie nie spodziewalem, bo bande kojarze jedynie z AM, ktory swojego czasu byl grany dosc czesto gesto na stacjach muzycznych w tv, a tu takie zaskoczenie tym jakze wymyslnym tytulem whatever people say i am, thats what im not, ktory jest debiutanckim studyjnym krazkiem zespolu, ale slychac, ze nie jest pierwszym materialem jaki banda grala, bo przez wydaniem plyty pare lat juz grali razem, arktyczne malpy to jeden z tych zespolow, ktore nie slychac, ze sa wyspiarkie, przynajmniej na AM, bo debiutancki krazek, to koncept album skupiajacy sie wokol nocnego zycia mlodego wyspiarza z polnocy kraju, banda pochodzi z Sheffield, wiec juz calkiem polnocno patrzac na mape anglinska, sam pomysl niby dosc osluchany, ale jednak brzmi na tyle roznorodnie, ze nie nudzi opowiesciami o densingach, twardych narkotykach, dziwkach i milicji, czy romansach jedno nocnych, jak i powaznych relacjach damosko meskich, no i o zgonikowaniu, rownie roznorodnie jest od strony muzycznej, bo klasyczny sklad rokowy, wiec 4 czlonkow, dwie gitary, basior i drumy, ale stylowo jest mocno misz masz, stad gatunkowo discog opisuje plyte jako rok indyjski, wiec mocne blendy w ktorych znajdzie sie miejsce na post punka, garazowe granie, czy akcenty britowego popu, najbardziej kojarzy mi sie on stylistycznie ze strokesami, bo na pixiesow za malo tutaj szalenstwa, bo lider i teksciarz zespolu Alex Turner nie wydaje sie az tak uzdolnionym wizjonerem lirycznym, jak i wokalnym virtuoso, ale na kawalkach przygrywa takze na instrumentach, a nie jest jednynie wokalista, wiec sa miejsca gdzie skupia sie na gitarce, ale nie sa to jakies epickie solowki, zdarzaja sie takze fejkowe zakonczenia trakow, zeby znowu wrocic na beat, wiec nudno nie jest, ale miejsc porywajacych i zmuszjacych do rewindowania rowniez brakuje, troche denerwowal mnie takze mastering, bo niektore momenty brzmia wrecz jak material lofi z garazu, a inne znowu jakby byly wyszorowane z wszelakich niedorobek, wiec album sredni, ale i tak jestem pozytywnie zaskoczony, bo spodziewalem sie czegos o wiele gorszego, tak to jest jak sie jest uprzedzony do malpiszonow, na plejke leci i bet you look good on the dance floor, ktory gdzies juz wczesniej slyszalem, ale brandowo nowy kawalek, ktory mi wpadl w ucho, bo jest chyba najprostysza kompozycja calej plyty jest riot van
Fun songs and cult classics, but not a fan of the singing. Grates on me after a minute and I don't find it very musically interesting.
Witty, knowing lyrics, some energetic music. It doesn't come together quite right for me but I can see why it's popular.
3.6 - I remember NME or some British music magazine fawning over this record with bold superlatives, claiming it as the "best British rock" or the "best rock period" or some such. The few songs swirling around failed to grab me and that's how I felt after listening to this album. I bet these guys put on a spectacular live show and I can imagine a packed venue filled with attractive people dancing joyously. I just never connected with this prince of the hooligans persona complaining about nightlife and how girls can be a drag.
First few songs in was great, after two thirds it got a bit grating on the ears, then after the final couple it turned enjoyable again. A rollercoaster of emotions when listening to this. Favourite song was I Bet You Look On The Dance Floor.
Proto-pop-garage-punk? I'm not sure how this is classified, but take the irritating parts of all of those styles, blend them together into a homogenized slurry of early-00s rock and you get the Arctic Monkeys? 3/5
This is an okay album, the type of music you can play on a young people's radio station. I'm honestly having trouble telling one song from another, but that might just be my neurons getting old.
Good until it wasn’t
I hate the singer's voice, but the actual music is pretty decent.
Favorites: Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong Mardy Bum I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
A profile picture of a man smoking, in a dark monochrome. A caption that goes like "whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not". Yep. This is definitely a Facebook profile of a millennial trying to be "edgy". And weirdly, this association sums up the album.
It was alright. Can’t say I’d seek them out. 3*
03/25/2022 Nice debut album, full of energy. Not really into punk, but there's not really a bad song on this album. Good for them and their success! lol.
white man music but its alright idk this albums concept does not resonate heavily with me but i do enjoy the instrumentals
It is good not great.
Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not by Arctic Monkeys (2006) For a Britpop album that was marketed primarily on MySpace (remember that?), it turned out to be better than I was expecting. It’s a nice 21st century rock sound—plenty of fun with accented off beats, exaggerated triplets, cross-channel dancing, innovative rhythmic breaks, this music keeps you guessing. Very nice drumming by Matt Helders, and the lead vocals by Alex Turner are sassy, confident, crisp (very crisp), and recorded cleanly enough that they’re not smothered in the considerable sonic background. The rapid-fire and highly referential lyrics are not very deep, but the word pictures keep flying past with disciplined cadence. And when it’s time to slow down (“Riot Van”), the words are authentic and vivid. Makes me wish I had been there. Forty-one minutes of good frolic. I could pretend to be young again. 3/5
I liked it. Not too many songs I'd specifically add but as a whole it was pretty good
Ett flertal riktigt bra låtar, ett flertal som inte gör så mycket alls för mig. Trea!
Confident, well-paced album. Would definitely rock with this if I was a white girl in the 2000s. StronG 3
Best wel ADHD-muziek eigenlijk. Niets ten nadele van ADHD'ers en ook niet van deze muziek, maar het is nogal up-tempo en daar moet ik wel voor in de stemming zijn. Er staan wel een paar echt goede nummers op (zoals een van onze bruiloftsliedjes 'dancing shoes').
Dit was best wel ok! Get on your dancing shoes, You sexy little swine!
Alex Turner and the boys set out to give the world a memorable debut…they gave the world a few memorable tracks in an overall album full of too much filler. The hits in this are bangers though.
It’s pretty good but I feel like the intense popularity of this album has more to do with when it came out than it’s quality.
Fantastic debut but not as good as some people feel it is. To me it is dated and clunky in places the singer's wry lyrics sounding a lot more affected as the years pass. I do enjoy the album, don't get me wrong but it just feels like a safe nephew or what the Libertines had already just done. Could be worse it could be Coldplay
I appreciate the eclecticism, but this is ultimately not for me
This debut album from this post Brit-pop band is pretty ok innit. They are insouciant and full of attitude and it comes out in their music. Just when Brit-pop was waning in the early 80s the Monkeys came to the rescue with a more aggressive, harder sound. There's some decent guitar and drumming on this record.
It’s hard to imagine an indie rock band coming up with a fresh sound in 2006. But these guys are certainly punchy, using lots of starts and stops and in-your-face guitar to give the music added energy. The lead singer has a great voice, the lyrics are clever and the hits are quality, especially “I Bet You Look ….” It’s the fastest selling debut album by a band ever, but I’m not so into this sound these days. I think I’d prefer their later material.
Boy did the press ever try to will this into being acknowledged as the greatest album ever recorded when it first came out. Overhype aside, the album is just fine. It's not going to change your life, and I'm almost envious of those who get to listen with fresh ears minus the fanfare.
Qué gran golpe de energía es este disco. Mis favoritas son …dancefloor y Mardy Bum. Pero aún así no lo escucho tanto como los posteriores.
A bit snarly for me but there's shades of Franz Ferdinand which I quite like.
I listened to this album quite a bit during high school. I wasn't in the mood for it very often, but it was enjoyable each time I played it. It still holds up somewhat, although I don't really care for it as much as I used to.
Decent alternative rock but without any real highlights or standout songs
Somehow they have all the components I would normally enjoy, but the muffled vocals, lack of melodies, lack of special songs really just make this band super average to listen to for me. I could never get into them in my life.
Yeah, can't be arsed with this one. Enjoyed it back in 2007 or whenever, but not a single one of their records since and the Alex Turner hero worship that followed is kind of annoying. But mainly I just didn't like the music. This is clearly the best one though and obviously the lyrics are clever. Blah
I like this album but don’t feel much of a need to return it. I remember liking it more in high school and college
Enjoyed it. Was good.
I was never a fan of the Arctic Monkeys - felt like knock offs of earlier 2000's artists or like everyone was jumping on the bandwagon of a so-so band. Kinda like Jet - feels a bit all too familiar, or their lyrics are too simple. I might forever detest I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor. But maybe my view would've been different if their debut single was the first track - The View From the Afternoon. Great sound (albeit a bit like Supergrass) - pumping. I also really liked the final track - A Certain Romance. In between I still felt a bit divided. Sometimes cheeky lyrics and good beats, but also sometimes so little depth to lyrics (about party life or who is/isn't a wanker) and recycled beats - Fake Tales of San Francisco being a great example of this. I give it a 3.5 because I still can't shake that this just feels like a slight tweak to the sounds of Franz Ferdinand, The Fratellis, or even Interpol (with worse lyrics).
Des fois, je crois que la nouveauté vient de gens qui ne sont pas formatés par l’éducation. Il y a des musiciens là-dessus qui sonnent un peu novices, mais ça donne un ensemble rafraichissant. Du moins à la sortie de l’album.
Touted as some kind of generational game changer for rock. I don't hear that.
Really, really wasn't in the mood for this. Jangly britpop-punk, probably playing thru AC30s, excessive northern accent, songs about sleazy club pickups, really just the whole bag of tropes. They probably say "lad" unironically. 2/5.
When the sun goes down came off as the obvious hit, good track, rolling stone labeled this one of the top 30 debut albums of all time in 2013, I don't get that but it was a decent listen
Just not at all any fun to listen to
Otra banda del montón de las que salieron a principios de siglo, el disco no es malo pero no me aporta nada parece una sola canción
"Dancing shoes" is alright. "Do I wanna know" is still their one hit wonder though
It was a good album for what it was, but not really my style.
Tan repetitivas como siento todas estas bandas de Garage Revival también siento que lo que escribo aquí termina sonando igual. Sin embargo no tengo otra forma de decirlo realmente; suena bien... todas las canciones terminan sonando indistintamente iguales, la producción y el sonido son igualitos a los Stripes y los Yeah Yeahs... Sigue siendo una masa medio amorfa de bandas que suenan todas muy similar decente de música de fondo pero sin mucha propuesta que cambie. Debo decir en este caso no había escuchado nunca a los Arctic Monkeys, al menos no consciente de que fueran ellos como para recordar una canción y hasta el momento de las bandas que llevamos del género son los que menos me han gustado. Siguen sonando decente pero al menos los otros quizá tenían un par de detalles más personales. Esta banda se pierde aun más y se siente más genérica que las anteriores. Decente, nada más que decir. Se me hace gracioso pensar que me quejo de este género y dos de mis músicos favoritos (Rammstein y Rob Zombie) pueden ser, justificadamente criticados de tener música muy repetitiva; la diferencia creo es que en esos casos solo existe un Rammstein y solo hay un Rob Zombie; pueden ser repetitivos pero son muy reconocibles y de estilo propio. En este caso el problema es ese... decenas de bandas que corrieron a hacer exactamente el mismo sonido... Música buena genérica de fondo otra vez...
It was okay
It's ok, I was never really a big fan of this style at the time and it hasn't convinced me otherwise this time round. 2*
Ok music, irritating vocals
I hate this record its a bad mashup of white stripes and the strokes. I get why people like it, i just do not
I can't put my finger on why this doesn't connect with me at all but there it is - it just doesn't. The description would ideally sound good to me: British guitar rock revival with an edge. But if you tend towards getting chills and sucked in by a killer hook or melody...this album doesn't have that for me at all. Not terrible but personally not memorable nor enjoyable. 2.
meh, generic 2000's rock
Too punk, not for me
that classic later brit sound... not the most pleasant voice, but catchy beats.
Not for me, but I can see why others enjoy them.
Maybe I'm showing/feeling my age, but I just don't have a lot of room for aggressive, loud rock. It generally doesn't give me cathartic release and make me feel better, but tends to come off as noise and make me more tense. I liked couple of tracks on this album that are not so aggressive: Riot Van, Mardy Bum, A Certain Romance. I liked the singer's voice better on these, too, because I could better understand him and follow the story of the songs, stories whose characters fit well with his Scouse voice. Musically, I really liked some of the bass lines (too bad this was the bassists only album with them), and some of the less-aggressive drumming. I don't think I'd listen to this again.
I've never really got the Arctic monkeys, I just don't really enjoy their stuff, the highlights are probably the hits but even then don't love it
Didn’t impress me
I never listened to the attic monkeys before and I’m ok with that decision.
Oooh, cheeky chappy laddie etc. Bit boring.
Never been a huge fan of this sound. Maybe 2.5 stars, it's OK.
I'm still not on board the Arctic Monkeys train.
about 2 good songs but they're all the same (2)
Hatte ich mir auch wesentlich schlimmer vorgestellt, stellenweise ganz ok. Aber keine 3 Sterne.
This project is really starting to wear me down. Too many generic, uninspired rock albums, too few classic jazz albums and boundary-pushing avant garde albums. Every heavy metal album on this list is incredibly obvious and mainstream. This album sounds like a bunch of songs written to be on commercials for cell phone companies. This is so polished and clean and antithetical to the rebellious spirit of rock. It's not clever, or unique, or original. I listen to this and all I can ask is "why?" Why does this exist. I'm sure it will score in the high threes to mid fours too. Much like Metallica, Oasis, and Foo Fighters, this is the sort of basic shit that people on here really eat up. Downvote Pere Ubu and John Zorn and Laibach and upvote this generic garbage.
Die langweilige uninspirierte Version der Libertines? Mich hats nicht überzeugt. 2 Trostpunkte.
The thing that stands Arctic Monkeys aside is their unique sound, which - generally speaking - I dislike as too noisy. That said, I prefer and even like the added sophistication of AM so much more, but AM is the exception rather than the rule.
“It turned out that all the Monkeys needed to conquer the world was scrappy, lager-fueled tunes about being young and bored in a bleak steel town.”
It was fine. Like the Springsteen one (Nebraska) before, it was OK on first listen but then became very samey/grating on subsequent listens. So as per Nebraska it gets knocked down from a 3 to a 2 on grounds of pettiness.
Reminds me of the Clash but with a worse vocalist. Also kind of pop punkish. Seemed to annoy my cat.
Nooit zo'n fan geweest, hoewel ik het latere werk wel beter vind. Dit is me gewoon te puntig en te Brits.
Boring, forced, scratchy and annoying, apart from the obvious ones, which are ok.
Not my cup of tea. I sort of liked a couple of songs.
I conferred with my son Dylan about this one. Our conclusion is that we don't dislike it but if we listened to it more often we would probably hate it.
"Laddish" mentioned as both a positive and a negative. Bill - 1 Shannah - 2 Conor - 3.75 (2.25/5)
pretty forgettable imo. felt like one song stretched out into a whole album. not my cup of tea.
What a mess. This album was all over the place with no real theme or direction. It wanted to be pop, punk, and rock all at the same time. Even though I like Alex Turner's voice and I like some of AM's songs (seen them live), this album left me annoyed and irritated. I couldn't wait for it to be over so I could sonically rinse my ears with something else.
meh. couldn't vibe.
I’m not a fan of Arctic Monkeys
I’m not sure why I’ve always had the impression they were a Strokes knock off. Not for me.
This album was first released roughly when I lost all interest in most things Indie. It meant that it passed me by. I didn't miss much. I still find it dull. It reminded me of the reasons I looked elsewhere for my musical thrills at the time. It feels like the band is forcing the tunes out, almost out of breath before the end of each track. There's no control or pacing. Chill, dudes. I'm such a snob. The whole Northernness really annoyed me. Riot Vans came close to saving it.
I was quite taken with this album when I first heard it. The lyrics of Fake Tales are still hilarious and When The Sun Goes Down and A Certain Romance are wonderfully-observed slices of life. But coming back to this now, the lumpen backing sounds even more so now. The band aren’t really pulling up any trees. I’d love to hear those songs with a more interesting band behind them. It’s all a bit one-dimensional. Worth it for the words of Fake Tales alone, and the songs pick up a bit towards the end, but it’s all pretty straight ahead for much of this album.
Don't under the hype...I hate this. 4/10
The Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not is appealing right out of the gate. It's got energy to spare, a nice direct sound, and the band is incredibly tight. But by the second song, I was getting worried. They are already recycling musical ideas. It turns out that the Arctic Monkeys are artistically monochromatic, reworking the same tropes over and over. It's dispiriting. Even old punk bands like The Clash had more arrows in their quiver than this. The Arctic Monkeys take limbs from the corpses of their favorite bands (Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes), which are themselves stitched together from other bands (The Clash, Ian Dury), sew them together, and then attempt to breathe life into it, pretending like it's something new. It's fucking boring. Now, I haven't yet addressed the lyrics, which seem to address various aspects of nightlife. Actually, the music is such a turn off, I don't think I will.
Not into there sound
Really good, except I have a visceral reaction to Alex Turner, aka British Fred Durst.
Not my thing
Feels like a waitress in a diner saying “we’re out of Dr Pepper, is Mr Pibb ok?” Except it’s Green Day and Arctic Monkeys. Disposable guitar pop/rock. Probably incredible to a 15 yr old English kid.
As rubbish now as it was then
Didn't like the first time around, don't like them now.
Nope . Not for me
Mildly annoying shout-singing stop-start songs that all sound the same.
Yup. Tried a few times with this band and nope. Still not a fan. I have no idea what it is.
classic indie album
Raw and unformed compared to battle for los angeles. De la Rocha is angry and on point
Oh fuck yeah, this album SLAPS and has SLAPPED for as long as i remember
- I liked it! This sounds like quintessential alt rock. - Very similar lead vocal sound to The Wombats, though stylistically different sound from the band. - Do rock bands that sound like this actually make music today? Are they still forming?