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Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

Arctic Monkeys

2006

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

3.77

Votes

5576

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

Perfection.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
5

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.

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Mon Dec 07 2020
5

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

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

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.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

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.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

all around slightly above average but I don't really get why it made the list

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

One of my all-time faves. This debut album showed the world that Brit-alt was alive and well.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

Yeah, an instant classic I knew I was going to be a simp for these Arctic Monkeys.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

Just excellent. Laidback meaningful lyrics to fun, fast tempo-ed, smoothly played rock.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

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...

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Sat Oct 16 2021
5

Super “throw-on”-able. Short and sweet, catchy and sexy, and full of spunk. This was a big hit for me.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

I think if I listened to it more I'd probably like it better

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

The band were fuckin' wank and I'm not having a nice time.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

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.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

Very brit-punk-alt-something. I don't mind give me a Cigarette and a fish and chip yo.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
3

Boring prick

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Sun Jul 11 2021
3

Fun and energetic album. Only a few songs stand out but overall I enjoyed it.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Better than I remember.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
3

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[10] after the band had given him, his cousin and his best friend "seventy quid to spend on a night out"

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Tue Oct 05 2021
3

I actually don't really mind this. It's not incredible or mind-blowing, but it's serviceable for what it is.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
1

12 shite songs. 1 half decent one. Jimmy Saville sounding motherfucker

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Thu Feb 11 2021
1

wank

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Mon Dec 07 2020
5

Detta gillar jag.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

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Wed Nov 18 2020
5

great album

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

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Sat Apr 24 2021
5

ah sim macaquinhos do arctico

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

Absolute banger

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

5

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Nice. Reminds me of the best of the punk era, with perhaps a bit better guitar playing.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

I loved this album. Great stuff. Right in my wheelhouse

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

Guay.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

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!

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

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.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

Really liked this! High energy but I stayed with it all the way through. Will definitely relisten, maybe a 9 from me

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

great album, extremely bri’ish.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
5

Un debut demoledor, cuesta creer que esos mocosos consiguieran semejante disco.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

I forgot all about these guys. Great album from start to finish!

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

***FIRE EMOJI***

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Wed May 26 2021
5

You kiddin

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

No other album has had such an impact on me.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

good

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Wed May 05 2021
5

One of the best debuts in the last 30 years. When the Sun Goes Down is one of the greatest riffs in indie rock.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

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.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Love this album!

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

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.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

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.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
5

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.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

Didn't even need to listen to this one I know every word

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Mon May 31 2021
5

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.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Masterpiece for a debut.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

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.

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Sat Jul 24 2021
5

It's 5 stars. We all know that.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

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.

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Sat Aug 07 2021
5

One of the greatest debut albums of all time

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

Energetic like only young new bands can record. Witty like the best writers and sung in Sheffield vernacular too. Great fun.

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Sat Aug 14 2021
5

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.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

Fun

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

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.

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Sat Sep 18 2021
5

Super fun.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

So that album remembered me about my school days and my first relations with a guy who loved old tracks by Arctic Monkeys

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

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

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

Fav albums of all time

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Sat Sep 25 2021
5

Still sounds like an unbelievably assured debut

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Sun Oct 03 2021
5

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.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

amazinnng

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Wed Oct 06 2021
5

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.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

один из лучших их Альбомов у них

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

Þetta er svo ógeðslega töff plata!

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

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.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

I was really impressed...

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

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!

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

Bangers

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

High paced indie rock that brings everything to the table. Starts and never lets up. Highlight Tracks: 1, 2, 9, 11, 13

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Awesome album! Great example of indie "post-punk".

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

Great album! Maybe it is a bit generic, but I am not very familiar with this genre of music, so I wouldn't know.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Loved it!

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Sun Dec 05 2021
5

Damn I love this album

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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

клёвый альбом 9/10/8

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

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

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

Love this band.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

A masterpiece. Such an amazing debut from the Arctic Monkeys

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

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

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

A great album with a real range of banging songs on it. Probably my favourite debut album. 9/10

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

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.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Top notch album one of my favs

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Love the energy. The world needs more artic monkeys

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Fantastic album. Wasn’t a fan of them until I heard this album just this Friday

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Still sounds great today. Minor quibbles with the guitar tones but songwriting, performance and vibe are just legit

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Best album from the 00s indie era (from Britain anyway). Great story telling and so much energy

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

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.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

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

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

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.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Reyt good this. 100% biased by nostalgia but there's just so many bangers.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

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

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

One of the best

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

Classic

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Começando os 1001 álbuns justo com um dos favoritos da adolescência <3

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

Ballert aber das war ja bekannt

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Sat Mar 19 2022
5

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!

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

6/5

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

Not a bad tune on this. Keeps you up and listening to every hilarious second.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

Yes yes yes. Listen to Alex Turner?? YES

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

Este disco me encanta!!!

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

Exuberant, observant, gritty

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

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.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Solid.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

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.

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Wed May 11 2022
5

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.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

Got to be 5 stars

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

Super first album.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

Probably their best album

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

wish they still sounded like this

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

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.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

Very good track lengths and they flow into each other well This is kinda a fav album?

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

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.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

perfect what else should I say? Perfectly captures 00s nostalgia and the accents are just superb. Always worth a listen.

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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

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.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

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.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

Always enjoy this album their best work

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Cult for a reason. Theses tunes are all full of enough energy to make you dance all night long

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

5, too good

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

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.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

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.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Good album

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

Still sounds great.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

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.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

Whatever People Say This Album Is, I'm Rating It 5 Stars

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

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.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

We all have the generation al album of our teen years and this is mine!

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

F-ing marvelous. Solid gold songwriting, attitude and riffs.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

A classic worthy of the moniker. Witty, catchy tunes

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

Ok

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Good album, a little too grungy at times for me, but still great!

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Dancing shoes, Riot van, When the sun goes down, from Ritz to the rouble, A certain romance... just to list a few of my faves this album is loaded with exceptional songs and it's hard to pick just one or two to praise.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Catchy, bold, melodic, sharp, clean: an ultimate pop/rock album.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

This is one of my favourite debut albums of all time. The Arctic Monkeys are my favourite band so of course this album is one of my favourites. Personally I think there are no skips. My top 3 songs would be: - From the Ritz to the Rubble - Fake Tales of San Francisco - Perhaps vampires is a bit strong

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Liked

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

It was outstanding then, it’s outstanding now. I wouldn’t skip a second of it!

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

One of the greatest albums of the 2000s. Classic alternative rock.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Brilliant debut. All-time classic.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

really good britrock

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Great debut album that explodes with energy and attitude. I would have loved it if i was a few years younger. I’d kind of lost interest in indie/guitar band music during this period but this still stood out at the time. The themes do get a bit samey towards the end: pubs/bouncers/coppers/clubs but it’s still an easy 5 stars for me.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Austin says to give this a 5

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

solid. nostalgian ja sen, että levy edelleen toimii, takia pitää antaa monta tähteä. kunnon 2006 kitarat ja brittilyriikat.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Excellent album! Not a single bad song. One of the best so far and I'm already halfway through.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Upon its release this album became the fastest selling debut album of all time, in the UK, and it still holds that record. The album sparked a cultural revolution in Britain which no band has come close to since, most new UK bands now try to sound like Arctic monkeys. Alex turner's lyrics perfectly describe a night out in a northern town, in England, with witty lyrics accompanied by raw sounding guitars and creative riffs. Matt helders also provides hard hitting drum tracks. Best tracks: view from the afternoon, fake tales of San Francisco, when the sun goes down, mardy bum, a certain romance. Worst tracks: no bad tracks imo. Easily one of my favourite albums ever made.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

one of my favourite. such a good album.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

A wonderful surprise. I knew a couple of the tracks but the overall package is sensational - a spitting, snarling record dripping with attitude and menace. It all sounds of a piece, the spiky instrumentation and sweaty post-punk compositions matching the lyric sheet. And what lyrics! Dipping into street vernacular, the whole thing sounds so desperate and sleazy that you imagine the record leaving a stain on your stereo. A triumph. Gonna buy a copy tomorrow.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

This is the 8th album since I've started and it's the first one that I know and love. I may not be very objective as it's been one of my favorites for a long time and brings back a lot of memories. It's a perfect mix of garage rock and dance and lyrics tell simple stories of a life as a teenager/early adult that bring out a lot of nostalgia for me. Favorite tracks: I bet you look good on the dancefloor, When the sun goes down, A certain romance. 5/5

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

This is without a doubt one of the best debut albums ever, the sound, guitar, drums, vocal’s everything about this album I love. From the start its non-stop with tune after tune. The second track ‘ I bet you look good on the Dancefloor‘ is top 3 favourite tracks from this album. The second side is slightly slower paced but still the energy’s high with tracks of ‘Mary’s bum’ and the all time classic ‘ when the Sun goes Down‘ this album is so good and honestly nothing bad about it. I give it a rating of 5/5

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

A D D I C T I V E

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

cool

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Garage band fun, but an upscale garage, with epoxy floors and glass doors

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Classic I adored as a teenager

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Lively and urgent

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

This album is right there at the start of my concious musical discovery. Still great today. Has the early raw energy of the band and at the same time sets a mood like only Alex Turner can in songs like Riot Van.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

The songs are fantastic, the pacing is good, it feels like a whole album. I could listen to this album any time of the day.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Just a nice album really, doesn't really have any boring moments and every song kinda just works

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

I have mixed feelings about Arctic Monkeys. They fulfil so many of the criteria for being that Beatles-esque, generation-defining band that all the critics clearly want them to be (a gang of smart, witty northern upstarts that represented the youth of the day and took the charts by storm, then experimented and evolved on their own terms while still staying massive), but ultimately fall short due to a smattering of dull releases and lacklustre performances. The acclaim seems to keep coming regardless, which makes it harder to be a fan, I find. There’s no doubt that when they get it right they’re a great band though, and this album is one of those occasions. The lyrics and drumming were always the highlights: hearing Alex Turner rhyme ‘dancefloor’ with ‘romance or’ was the first time I knew these guys had something, and learning to drum along with The View From the Afternoon is a proud teenage memory of mine. I always thought some of the weaker tunes were a bit pedestrian, musically, but returning to them now they sound more full of life and youth than I remember. 4.5

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

Incredible really. The natural progression of where punk/grunge/garage should grow up to. Cool history of being on the edge of internet stardom, but not part of the corporate machine.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

Brilliant. From start to finish. Superb.

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Tue Sep 08 2020
4

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.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

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

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Mon Dec 07 2020
4

It good

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Good rock album.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

'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

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

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.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Great production, some really nice riffs and vocally very well performed. Lyrics left a bit to be desired.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Great album! Never really gave the Arctic Monkeys a chance so plan on seeing what else they have to offer.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

It's just a fun, rambunctions rock record. The songs are pretty catchy, lyrics fun, energetic, with a few minor tempo changes. Very good.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

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.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Feels like the Strokes but British. Pretty good!

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Soooo many UK references, be interesting to hear other countries opinions of these

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

it was okay I actually enjoyed it alot. reminded me of the good days

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

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.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

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.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Freaking fantastic.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Very much enjoyed this. Has taken me years to appreciate it. Listening to their latest album and enjoying that helped.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Classic 1st album, although a little thin sounding these day

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

So alt, so gut!

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Mon May 24 2021
4

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.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

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

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

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.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

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

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Still holds up.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

A very decent upbeat punk album. 8.0/10

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Sat May 15 2021
4

Classic noughties bangers

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Sun May 30 2021
4

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

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Thu May 27 2021
4

I don’t get what’s so revolutionary about this album. It’s good but great? I don’t think so.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Dope classic

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Always loved this album--bunch of great standout tracks.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Lyrically superb and has aged surprisingly well. Liked it more than when it came out.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

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.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

Original rock, good album to keep you moving on a slow day.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

Much more enjoyable than i expected.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

(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.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

Great album IMO. Saved!

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