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.Wikipedia
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
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.
This album really kicks ass. It has a violent and heroic feel, with hints of despair and loss. Totally blew me away.
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.
Pop sinfónico que me recuerda a canciones de algún tipo de western. Me ha gustado. Vinilo.
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.
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.
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.
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
Really liked this. Sounds like a b-side to "Favourite Worse Nightmare" to me. "Separate and Ever Deadly" my favourite track.
Best 007 album I’ve heard
Maybe it’s nostalgia but I really enjoyed listening to this again.
I liked this one, has a good vibe.
like the Arctic Monkeys predecessor. Great, super fun, British pop rock!
as ultimas sombras dos boneco
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.
I loved the album and plan to listen more by this artist
I really liked it.
Good enough to explore band’s other albums
Love, love, love, love.
Super goede cd!
Have this on vinyl and it's a great listen - very cinematic production with some great vocals.
This album really reminds me of Arctic Monkeys, and not just because of Alex Turner's vocals. The sorrow tone and characteristic Turner lyrics really tie it in. The instrumentals are so beautiful, especially in Only The Truth. Also, I just have to mention the strings, it makes everything so much more magical. Overall, it's a good album and I could see myself going back to it at some point. Fave track(s): Separate and Ever Deadly, Only the Truth, I Don't Like You Anymore, The Meeting Place
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.
Onda muy James Bond 70s. Armonías y patrones rítmicos no comunes. Hay que volver a escuchar definitivamente
Toda una sorpresa de un grupo que no conocía. Bien construidas las canciones. Pop enérgico. Buena voz
Never heard of this album. Deserves future listens.
was going to be a 3 but landed on 4
Sinceramente non mi è dispiaciuto. Non mi sono innamorata, ma mi ha incuriosita molto, lo risentirei volentieri.
While listening I was thinking "This has a very Arctic Monkeys type of feel to it". Then I realized why. Good stuff!
Now this is more my speed. I will definitely be listening to this again.
alex turner = good
An old favourite
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!
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."
Basically a more boring version of 00s Arctic Monkeys. Still enjoyed it, but did not have the same oomph of the "real stuff."
Another album from my biggest blind spot, didn't know of them, never heard it before. Really liked it! Will listen again.
I enjoyed it. Sounds like something i would have listened to in 2008.
Only calling this album good is an understatement.
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.
-I like the Old Western sound of "The Age Of Understandment" -Quote solid rock/alt-rock album. Nice consistent, quick songs
Really good record
Cool, good energy. I enjoyed this
New one for me.. It's interesting, I liked it.
Cool prog rock album
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.
Muito parecido com Arctic Monkeys, gostei bastante. Melhor música: Standing Next to me
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.
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
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.
Never heard of any of these people. It felt quite epic. Good old fun.
It gives me modern spaghetti western vibes. Fun, short songs. First song blew me away, thoroughly enjoyed this album.
-the meeting place -the chamber -time has come again -black pant
Bangers men inte en femma
Pretty much love everything Alex Turner does, so this was great.
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
A soundtrack to a film that you know but can't remember. A splendid mix.
I really enjoyed it. I hadn't heard this before. What a treat!
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.
The arctic monkey guy
Pretty good record, good listen.
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
I had no idea this was a thing. It's quite well-formed and catchy.
Good listen, fun and chill. Could be a 007 soundtrack.
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.
Really enjoyable, reminds me of arctic monkeys, the type of music is soothing and you can jam to it
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.
Great artists and great song writing! Similar to Arctic Monkeys because it’s a collaboration with another artist.
I liked this more than any arctic monkeys record
pretty good...enjoyed the alt rock sound.
Really enjoyed it! Clocked the Arctic Monkeys immediately.
Brilliant storytelling on top of solid indie rock
This style fits Alex Turner so well he even forced it onto Arctic Monkeys too.
sounds like arctic monkeys
4.5/5. I love that Alex Turner lad.
I quite liked it as a very solid alternative rock album with some depth and feeling to it. Not one I'll actively re-visit. But I definitely don't mind having it on.
Never heard this before, but enjoyed it. I’ll be generous and give it 4 stars.
First listen. Always surprised when a newer band shows up and I haven’t heard of them.
Gjennomført! Kjente ikke til Alex turner og miles kanes fellesprosjekt, men dette er virkelig bra greier.
Dette var kult! Arctic Monkeys og Milas Kane, hvorfor har jeg ikke hørt om dette før?
Really interesting. I'll listen again.
This has a very specific rock sound reminiscent of the late-1960s/early-1970s, like, I dunno, flower power rock or MOD rock or surf rock something like that, in combination to like those old cowboy Western country songs. I dig it, and I love Alex Turner's voice. It's very repetitive, but I gotta be honest, I am totally vibing with this shit.
Surprisingly entertaining album with Alex Turner's characteristic voice but more approachable, less Indie sounding songs than Arctic Monkeys
Great effort in the sound and production. Great timeless record
Very underrated album. God music
Great surprise, had no idea Alex turner had another band.
Quite enjoyable as background music while I do my work.
Love the singer
Retro 60"s, maybe 80's, vibe to this one. Frenetically energetic at times and well balanced when tending towards balladry . Another good listen from the list.
Turner. Alex Turner. Licensed to be in a dramatic and enjoyable Arctic Monkeys side project with an orchestral, Bond theme vibe. Rating: 4/5 Playlist track: The Meeting Place Date listened: 28/11/22
It's ok, not sure it should be on this list though
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 🌟
Nice 50's vibe. Will listen again
upbeat brit-pop with a 60s vibe. Pretty good
Ну, вроде неплохо. Арктик манкис не покидали голову
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.
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.
I was like "wow this guy sounds just like Arctic Monkey's vocalist"... well
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.
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
Ok 2000s rock. did not not like it, but did not love it either.
It’s sounds like Arctic Monkeys. If you like Arctic Monkeys you’ll like this. Twas alright.
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.
Catchy but unsatisfying
Pretty well executed aesthetic. My friend would like this album
Jag känner att musiken int passar ihop med covern!!! Dom har int samma vibe!! Det stör mig!!
Had attic monkeys on the mind the whole time.
Nice sort of a recreation, albeit in a thick British accent, of the Pulp Fiction soundtrack
Fuller sound than expected from band. Not bad.
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.
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
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.
Hmm ok but patchy
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.
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.
Very interesting music and some nice tracks I enjoyed.
Rambunctious and filled with grit otherwise pretty eh 😂
Spy movie soundtrack with lyrics. Kinda cool, but doesn't do a lot for me.
Detta var svängigt!
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..
Never even heard of these guys before. Some good songs.
A down the middle offering. Neither liked or disliked it.
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.
It's no arctic monkeys 3
Bueno en su mayoría.
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.
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).
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.
I enjoyed this, a few stand out tracks
not on tidal. not going searching
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
There are some good songs, but I wouldn't search out the majority of them.
Muss man, glaube ich, mehrmals hören. Schlechte drei, denke ich.
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.
Had a couple of interesting songs in there but overall pretty mediocre.
Yeah, I'm sure this is good and all but it just isn't my bag, baby.
Baroque pop. Pretty good.
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
Surprising 60s sound from a noughties album
Slower songs at the end were a nice listen.
Really consistent, the middle was a little same-y but overall really nice. Reminds me of James Bond for some reason
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.
I think they may have been listening to Scott Walker when they wrote this. Influenced by is almost an understatement….. but I suppose it is the age of! Ok, nowt more!
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.
oblivious to its title's premise
Just like everyone says: Cydonia meets the Arctics. It's ok but feels too clinical and controlled which isn't suprising since it's a 'supergroup'.
pas sure sure
The Age of the Understatement is the debut album by The Last Shadow Puppets. This band is a hodgepodge of English musicians from other bands - most notably Alex Turner from Artic Monkeys - and they wanted to try something new with this pop rock album. This new band used a symphony and classical music elements to spice up their normal rock sounds. The album was popular with old and new fans and sold well. It has been certified platinum in the UK. I liked the album, and it left me craving more 2000's British pop rock afterwards.
seems like a lot from a modern band. fine.like any other mid 2000 sound. fine.
Listened Before? N This was a pretty nice symphonic pop album. A little bit of good electronica mixed in as well. It didn't stand out from the crowd, but it was definitely very listenable. Added to Library? N Songs added to playlist: Calm Like You
An understated album, appropriately. Great accoustic qualities, the album occasionally feels almost like a 60s-era folk pop album. Wavers between that and more generic late 2000s rock. Another one for "perfectly competent album that seems to be padding out the '1001' reqirement".
Post-Brit pop super group movie anthems
Ok album. Kinda good.
si lo escuche es copado
Learnt a lot about myself with this one. As soon as I saw it, I wanted to dislike it. I think in part because when bands/artists get a lot of critical success I analyse their music more and can’t find it as enjoyable because of it. The album itself was good, the only track I really liked was ‘In my room’. Totally appreciate it’s full of well written songs and sounds good but just didn’t stand out to me
I'm not quite sure what to make of this. It's like they took a bunch of Arctic Monkeys songs and said, \"Let's see how much we can make these sound like James Bond theme music.\" It's not bad, but I'm not sure how well it works (for me at least). I like the album cover a lot. 3 stars.
Brit-rock-y goodness from Arctic Monkeys bloke.
Pretty good but not my usual style not bad not great.
They have a neat sound but it's kind of the same trick 12 times. Best track: Time Has Come Again
Not bad given it was made by someone in arctic monkeys. Not a huge fan of his voice.
Never even heard of this group. Plea stay surprised. I was hearing a little early British pop with a Latin flair. I will be listening to more of this.
Pretty good. Franz Ferdinand with a bit more influence from 1960s movie soundtracks.
This album is not bad not great either. Some songs are really good, but overall it's just OK. It feels like it wanted to reproduce the sounds and feelings of another time, but didn't quite manage.
Good but not great. One and done.
Indie music with strings... alright
If only the artic monkeys had done this album we might have been better off!
If it wasn’t for Turner’s voice, this album wouldn’t be on this list. Other than the random strings, this album hardly stands out compared to other AM work. The production is messy and makes it hard to differentiate the songs. The second half was especially messy. Overall, not a bad listen, but nothing spectacular.
6/10. It's like an evolutionary step between Arctic Monkeys and Imagine Dragons, but also they are trying to write a musical. Bizarre, and ultimately enjoyable
Pretty boring but had a few cool moments, 6/10
Very 60s cinematic sound. I like both artists, but in their usual realms. Doesn't quite pull me in enough. Not bad, but a little boring.
Quite good honestly
Enjoyable pre-post-britpop jangly guitar stuff w/acerbic lyrics. File next to Albarn, D. if room on shelf.
It was OK like artic monkeys without the urgency or the adrenalin. So meah
Alex (from the Arctic Monkeys) side project. Feels more retro and orchestrated. Doesnt really leave a lasting impact ...its kinda a lush indy with usual AM sassy lyrics. 3