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The Age Of The Understatement

The Last Shadow Puppets

2008

The Age Of The Understatement

Album Summary

The Age of the Understatement is the debut album by The Last Shadow Puppets, featuring Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane of The Rascals and James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco. It was released on 21 April 2008 in the UK, following the release of the title track as a single in the previous week. It entered the UK Album Chart at No. 1 on 27 April 2008. The album was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize.

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Rating

3.4

Votes

3487

Genres

  • Indie
  • Rock
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What's worse? 3 stars or 1 star? To me, 3 stars says the album is perfectly unoffensive. Not great. Not something you must hear before you die. But not something you don't need to hear. At least 1 star makes you feel something. I love Alex Turner but this band is not him at his best. There are definitely a few cool songs but on a whole this album is a waste of creative energy. Favorite Tracks: Separate and Ever Deadly, I Don't Like You Any More, In My Room

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This album really kicks ass. It has a violent and heroic feel, with hints of despair and loss. Totally blew me away.

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5

Pop sinfónico que me recuerda a canciones de algún tipo de western. Me ha gustado. Vinilo.

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5

Good

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5

I loved almost all these songs. In a lager way the sound they have reminds me of Wilco. I thought this was a great album and would listen again.

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5

Fiery and lush in equal portions, this album goes by fast but left an impression that will last, landing solidly in an over saturated genre while still standing out by a large margin.

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5

Yoooo lesgooo!! Didn't think this was on the list. Totally deserves it though. Absolutely love this album. The energy is great and the instrumentation is so refreshing! 5

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5

Really liked this. Sounds like a b-side to "Favourite Worse Nightmare" to me. "Separate and Ever Deadly" my favourite track.

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5

Best 007 album I’ve heard

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5

Maybe it’s nostalgia but I really enjoyed listening to this again.

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5

I liked this one, has a good vibe.

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5

like the Arctic Monkeys predecessor. Great, super fun, British pop rock!

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5

Muy chulo

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5

as ultimas sombras dos boneco

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5

Brilliant start and trailed off towards the end but this was new to me so very glad to learn of some Arctic Monkeys adjacent stuff.

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5

I loved the album and plan to listen more by this artist

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Loved it

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Classic indie

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I had no idea that this band existed, and that a few musicians from several bands (most notably from The Arctic Monkeys) had a hand in recording it. For the most part, I enjoyed the songs as they reminded me of certain bands like The Kooks. Favourite tracks include Standing Next To Me and My Mistakes Were Made For You cause I am basic.

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Onda muy James Bond 70s. Armonías y patrones rítmicos no comunes. Hay que volver a escuchar definitivamente

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Dramatic, lavish (over-orchestrated at times), intense -- quite strong. Feels like a higher-end version fo the Las debut or a high-gloss Kinks record.

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Toda una sorpresa de un grupo que no conocía. Bien construidas las canciones. Pop enérgico. Buena voz

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Never heard of this album. Deserves future listens.

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was going to be a 3 but landed on 4

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Indie atual

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Sinceramente non mi è dispiaciuto. Non mi sono innamorata, ma mi ha incuriosita molto, lo risentirei volentieri.

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While listening I was thinking "This has a very Arctic Monkeys type of feel to it". Then I realized why. Good stuff!

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Now this is more my speed. I will definitely be listening to this again.

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alex turner = good

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An old favourite

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This has a very lavish sound and feel to it, with nods to the 60's and 70's. I quite like it and it grabs your attention and sucks you in because it's consistent and enjoyable throughout. Well done!

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I am an Arctic Monkeys fan but somehow missed this project. They say supergroup, though I must confess the only one I'm familiar with is Alex Turner. This is enough to inspire me to look up the others though. It's like Arctic Monkeys with an orchestra. At times it sounds like a Bond soundtrack, especially "In My Room."

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Basically a more boring version of 00s Arctic Monkeys. Still enjoyed it, but did not have the same oomph of the "real stuff."

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Another album from my biggest blind spot, didn't know of them, never heard it before. Really liked it! Will listen again.

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I enjoyed it. Sounds like something i would have listened to in 2008.

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Only calling this album good is an understatement.

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First time of listening and this is Arctic Mokeys Ft: Scott Walker methinks. Don't get me wrong I like it and can see it's merit for being on this List. I have always thought of Alex Turner as the Yorkshire Jacques Brel. Some nice tunes on this one I particularly liked the title track and "Seperate and Ever Deadly" Some good early 21st Century music harking back to the Music and Production values of the 60's. Rightfully on the list I think.

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-I like the Old Western sound of "The Age Of Understandment" -Quote solid rock/alt-rock album. Nice consistent, quick songs

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Really good record

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Cool, good energy. I enjoyed this

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New one for me.. It's interesting, I liked it.

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Cool prog rock album

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This was a really cool album! I'm surprised I've never heard of this band before as they seem right up my alley. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole record as it was super consistent and unique. It is absolutely crazy that this came out in 2008 as it gives off strong 60's vibes throughout. I thought the combination of British pop rock with old western soundtrack music was very interesting; some bands might have made this seem polarizing or too weird, but it fits the group perfectly. I believe that this one has the potential for me to consider it excellent upon multiple listens, but I am knocking it a tad bit as there were no individual tracks that stood out to me which is strange for an album of this caliber. Besides that, this is definitely one I would come back to in the future. 3.5/5.

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Muito parecido com Arctic Monkeys, gostei bastante. Melhor música: Standing Next to me

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Yeah

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Personalmente me enfocó más en la música y el ritmo que en la letra, y todo lo que puedo decir es que el disco es épico, esa combinación de rock y western es maravilloso, por momento te puedes sentir que estas en una película de Quentin Tarantino, pero cuando te centras en la letra pues la cosa se siente raro hasta cierto punto incómodo, ya que principalmente las letras van de un hombre que a perdido el afecto hacia su pareja y nunca llegamos otro punto de vista, un disco que se puede pasar rápido y divertido, como una intro de James Bond.

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Bit of a journey, started off really well with great rock. some tunes straight from the 60s and some new wave type. overall 3.6

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Unique and fun indie album. Love Alex Martin's voice. Upbeat, "cowboy" beats on the first half. Mix of psychedelic, classic rock, and indie sounds.

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Never heard of any of these people. It felt quite epic. Good old fun.

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It gives me modern spaghetti western vibes. Fun, short songs. First song blew me away, thoroughly enjoyed this album.

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soothing sound

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-the meeting place -the chamber -time has come again -black pant

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4/5

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Bangers men inte en femma

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Pretty much love everything Alex Turner does, so this was great.

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Shit Slaps

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Interesting collaboration between Miles Kane and Alex Turner, like an orchestral, less indie rock version of Turner's mother band. I remember buying it at the time, it was on repeat for a few weeks but not an all-time classic

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A soundtrack to a film that you know but can't remember. A splendid mix.

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I really enjoyed it. I hadn't heard this before. What a treat!

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Добротный альбом. Наверно, первый пример более зрелого звучания Тернера, которое позже перейдет и в музыку Arctic Monkeys. Жаль, что самих "обезьян" в списке не будет, что незаслуженно. Альбом преисполнен ретро-нотками и даже на обложке красавица из 62-ого года. My Mistakes Were Made For You однозначно шедевр. Иногда забываю, что за песня, когда она крутится у меня в голове. Так вот, это она;) 7 из 10.

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The arctic monkey guy

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Pretty good record, good listen.

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Very much enjoyed this album and how sort of orchestral it was. Also Alex turner is very talented from a vocal and writing perspective. Calm like you was the stand out for me

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I had no idea this was a thing. It's quite well-formed and catchy.

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Good listen, fun and chill. Could be a 007 soundtrack.

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Do I hear the fucking SHREK theme in here from Shrek 1? I definitely hear some 2008 pop influence in here but with much more elevated songwriting I don't know how else to explain it but this sounds very "spooky" 4 stars? I'm oddly hearing a lot of cinema theme influences in this one.

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Really enjoyable, reminds me of arctic monkeys, the type of music is soothing and you can jam to it

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I had never heard of the band before today and it took me until the 4th or 5th song to fully realize that the lead singer is also from the band Arctic Monkeys. I really enjoyed the sound and delivery of the music. I definitely want to check this out again and their other discography if there is any.

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Great artists and great song writing! Similar to Arctic Monkeys because it’s a collaboration with another artist.

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Beautiful album

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I liked this more than any arctic monkeys record

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Unexpectedly fun

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It's ok, not sure it should be on this list though

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3

Not a bad album I'm not a big Arctic Monkey's fan but I did enjoy listening to this album, but nothing makes me want to listen to it again. 3 🌟

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Nice 50's vibe. Will listen again

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cowboy pop

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upbeat brit-pop with a 60s vibe. Pretty good

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Ну, вроде неплохо. Арктик манкис не покидали голову

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A surprisingly retro sounding album with a strange malaise lying over the whole thing. I like the sound but I don't know if and when I'll return.

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Alex Turner side project, not by any means unenjoyable and AM fans will get lots of enjoyment out of his usual droll delivery and lyrics, with a sixties flavoured backing. Without quite the crunch and thrill of the Monkeys though.

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I was like "wow this guy sounds just like Arctic Monkey's vocalist"... well

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Look, it's fine. But I really don't like the singer's cadence from The Arctic Monkeys so it is definitely not my thing.

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Va sorprendre que el que suposadament era un entreteniment d'Alex Turner fora d'Arctic Monkeys amb el seu amic Miles Kane de The Rascals acabés sent tan interessant. El començament, amb 'The Age of Understatement' i 'Standing Next to Me', és magnífic. Després baixa força de pistonada i tret d'algun tema com 'My Mistakes Were Made for You' o 'The Meeting Place' no deixa de ser un bon disc de génere, amb moltes referències retro i molt ben aconseguit

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Ok 2000s rock. did not not like it, but did not love it either.

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It’s sounds like Arctic Monkeys. If you like Arctic Monkeys you’ll like this. Twas alright.

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I liked this pretty well - I'm always up for some lush orchestration - I'm not certain the lyrics behind it aren't mostly flash without much substance though... But it's a superficial impression and I might come around if I spent more time with it. Weirdly only an EP version available on YouTube music, I had to find an unauthorized upload of the full album on Youtube.

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Catchy but unsatisfying

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Pretty well executed aesthetic. My friend would like this album

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Jag känner att musiken int passar ihop med covern!!! Dom har int samma vibe!! Det stör mig!!

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Had attic monkeys on the mind the whole time.

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Nice sort of a recreation, albeit in a thick British accent, of the Pulp Fiction soundtrack

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Fuller sound than expected from band. Not bad.

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I liked this, though to be honest I'm not sure the orchestra really added that much to the songs. I have a feeling this one could grow on me with more listens.

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C'est bien. On dirait quand même un groupe de rock/pop anglais des années 90/2000 comme il y en a beaucoup dans cette liste. Cependant, l'album se démarque un peu plus que les autres que j'Ai entendu jusqu'ici. 3.9

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I really like early Arctic Monkeys stuff, not so keen on their later stuff. This sounds like Arctic Monkeys later stuff, to me. It seemed like a very long 35mins.

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Hmm ok but patchy

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A solid album with those sexy smooth Arctic Monkeys feelings. There aren't any standout tracks, but the overall feel of the album is great.

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As Wikipedia is indicating this is a "supergroup". Maybe the article was written y a band fan. Liked but not define it with that terms ... The Last Shadow Puppets are an English supergroup consisting of Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Miles Kane (The Rascals, solo artist), James Ford (Simian, Simian Mobile Disco, music producer), and Zach Dawes (Mini Mansions). The band released their debut album The Age of the Understatement in 2008. Following a lengthy hiatus, they returned, releasing second album Everything You've Come to Expect in 2016. Thanks to the wikipedia article, learn about Baroque pop Baroque pop (sometimes called baroque rock) is a fusion genre that combines rock music with particular elements of classical music. It emerged in the mid 1960s as artists pursued a majestic, orchestral sound and is identifiable for its appropriation of Baroque compositional styles (contrapuntal melodies and functional harmony patterns) and dramatic or melancholic gestures. Harpsichords figure prominently, while oboes, French horns, and string quartets are also common. ... and Chamber pop Chamber pop (sometimes called ork-pop, short for "orchestral pop") is a music genre that combines rock music with the intricate use of strings, horns, piano, and vocal harmonies, and other components drawn from the orchestral and lounge pop of the 1960s, with an emphasis on melody and texture. Artists such as Burt Bacharach and the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson (especially the band's 1966 album Pet Sounds) were formative acts during the genre's original wave in the 1960s.

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Very interesting music and some nice tracks I enjoyed.

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Rambunctious and filled with grit otherwise pretty eh 😂

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Spy movie soundtrack with lyrics. Kinda cool, but doesn't do a lot for me.

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Detta var svängigt!

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Wears its influences too firmly on its sleeve..More excited than exciting.. Wouldn't have it in my top 1000..in 1 ear and out the other..

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Never even heard of these guys before. Some good songs.

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Decent

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A down the middle offering. Neither liked or disliked it.

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Genre: Indie Rock 3/5 As a huge fan of the Arctic Monkeys, specifically Alex Turner's songwriting gift and genuinely powerful guitar work, I was happy to see this supergroup/side project of his made the book. The Last Shadow Puppets, composed of Alex Turner, Miles Kane (The Rascals), and James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, budding record producer), all join forces to craft an almost baroque rock record. What they end up crafting is not just a blatant nod to The Beach Boys, but as a whole is nowhere near as rockin' as you might expect it to be. Especially given the roster at hand. The first 3 tracks, the title track (The Age of Understatement), Standing Next to Me, and Calm Like You, are the best 3 they got, frontloading the album with what you'd expect to be the norm. However, they retread back to chamber and baroque pop a little too often, with a little too much emphasis on reverb for my tastes. While the album is generally well-arranged and a decent listen overall, the overproduction washes out songs like In My Room and The Time Has Come Again until they all begin to sound like Phil Spector ripoffs. A bit underwhelming, but well played and well made.

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It's no arctic monkeys 3

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Bueno en su mayoría.

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This was unusual listening for me: not unpleasant, but somehow not outstanding, as I initially expected it to be. (A supergroup with Alex Turner? Hot diggity!) In my opinion, there were a lot of great things happening here – from impressive instrumental work to thought-provoking lyrics – but a lot of it felt disconnected, like colourful puzzle pieces not fitting together; I couldn't catch the "feel" of a lot of the tracks. Also, I thought that Turner's voice, which I would maybe describe as a grating but educated-sounding whine, and which I normally like, somehow didn't fit here.

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An album in which Alex Turner gets to indulge his grandiose side, dreaming of Scott Walker backed by John Barry. It’s perfectly decent but I’d much rather listen to any Arctic Monkeys album and Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino in particular is a far greater expression of a grand, lush sound in the persona of a lounge crooner from the sixties (or the future).

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Theatrical indie rock stylings. I see the name Alex Turner so makes sense. The UK bias on this list is p bad. In any case, this album was inoffensive. I guess it's a fitting title. 3/5.

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I enjoyed this, a few stand out tracks

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not on tidal. not going searching

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It's not terrible, but it does not really blow me away. I would say it's pretty average. I did not mind listening to this, but I don't know if I would choose to listen to it again.

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This album is a bit of an overstatement and rather underwhelming. Now on paper this should be one of my favourite albums ever - surf and spy stylings written by indie pop song maestros and sung in a Yorkshire accent - but it falls shorts on the songs. It sounds gorgeous though - but I can’t think of a.l standout song - not because they’re all excellent but because they’re all average. It’s sounds like this was a fun side project just to scratch the itch to bring this sound out.

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I wasn’t a huge fan of the album. But songs like ‘The Meeting Place’ and ‘My Mistakes We’re Made For You’ were very enjoyable.

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A fun, breezy indie LP that's aged quite well. The orchestral additions on top of Turner's unmistakable AM sound make for some interesting tracks that feel a bit highbrow without seeming pretentious.

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Alex Turner and coat tail hanger on Miles Kane dabble with Walker Brothers esque 60's rock. That's it. Best Tracks: The Age of the Understatement; Standing Next To Me; My Mistakes Were Made For You

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There are some good songs, but I wouldn't search out the majority of them.

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Muss man, glaube ich, mehrmals hören. Schlechte drei, denke ich.

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Has a feel of 60s Bond soundtracks and songs of sorrow and longing. Not unpleasant, but not entirely keeping my attention. Dreamy sweeps, subtle dramas.

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Had a couple of interesting songs in there but overall pretty mediocre.

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Yeah, I'm sure this is good and all but it just isn't my bag, baby.

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Baroque pop. Pretty good.

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Not an album I was expecting to see on this list. As someone who grew up listening almost exlusively to bands like the Arctic Monkeys and a lot of random noughties landfill indie I'm very familiar with this already. As I think was common with a lot of the indie rock of the time, this album is a few strong singles and a lot of filler, although maybe I'm being a bit harsh as there's nothing really terrible on here. The musicianship is solid and Turner and Kane write relateable songs full of their classic northern charm. I do also think this album is trying to be cool and it pulls it off well which is quite hard to do intentionally. That said I struggle to give this a high score. It was better than I remembered but I can name at least 5 Alex Turner projects I like more than this. I don't think the hooks are strong enough to be memorable and a few of the songs are underbaked especially in the back half with songs like In My Room and Time Has Come Again sounding like the duo are just going through the motions and hoping something sticks. Highlights: The Age of The Understatement, Standing Next To Me, Seperate And Ever Deadly.

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Well produced and nice compositions, but a bit boring and forgettable, sounds like Alex wanted to test new vintage soundscapes which he would later lobby into Arctic Monkeys. 5/10

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Surprising 60s sound from a noughties album

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Slower songs at the end were a nice listen.

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Really consistent, the middle was a little same-y but overall really nice. Reminds me of James Bond for some reason

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Really, Really enjoyed this album. 3.5/5 It's a really fun listen. I'd definitely add it to my playlist. Is it amazing? Not really, but, I am glad I got to know it.

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Don't love this by any means. It's fine, but just kind of reminds me of a poor man's Nick Thornburn and now I'm just listening to Islands records.

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Who are The Last Shadow Puppets ? After Arctic Monkeys touring Favourite Worst Nightmare, lead singer Alex Turner took a brief hiatus to work on a side project with two other guys from bands I don't know. While it still retains quite a bit of Arctic Monkeys' personality vis-à-vis Turner, the dramatic strings and Spaghetti Western flair gives The Age Of The Understatement a unique sound that can't be compared to it's contemporaries. Honestly, this whole album is spectacular. My core problem is that there are too many songs that are too short to be fully absorbed. I think The Age Of The Understatement had the potential to be a real hard-hitting classic of the aughts if they decided to do fewer songs that were longer in length, creating more memorable moments from track to track. I don't know why but pop music song structures has held this one back from it's full potential. Still worth a listen.

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Adoro tudo que o Alex Turner faz. Mas esse está longe dos meus favoritos... O que salva é o hit Standing Next To Me.

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Supergroups should not sound like cheap knockoffs of the bands from which the members came. Disappointed.

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The big retro arrangements are putting lipstick on a pig. Same goes for the album cover. And an ironic joke for a title? Har har har... Holy fuck there must be eight dozen albums from 2008 alone that deserve to be on the list in place of this one.

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Not that good. Barely listened to it all

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I don't really get it. Just seems like slightly dull generic orchestrated pop stuff

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The Jakes off

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I was really big into that first Arctic Monkeys record, so I was familiar with the name of the Last Shadow Puppets, just not what they sounded like. Turns out: eh, not for me. It's almost like a classic western score, with the singer from AM on vocals. Just didn't do much for me. Favorite track: "The Chamber"

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Has some interesting tracks and moments, but overall didn't grab me too much.

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Not enjoying it. Maybe I need to focus on the lyrics more, but this is just not my lane. It's like generic James Bond theme music. Is this music for doing heroine or opioids?

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Don't know why this is on here. Just bland indie pop. It sounds like they've tried to use the Knights of Cydonia / Ennio Morricone gimmick on half the songs as well.

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Indie ou pop com pouca relevância para mim.

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Ok

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Enjoyed the last track of the album.

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1/5 this was disturbing

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mid, it was too cringe

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