Debating Arctic Monkeys
In the latest edition of Stereo Subversion’s Internal Debate series, five of us rock critics take on the new Arctic Monkeys album, Humbug. As I’ve mentioned before, this one’s been burning up my stereo, and apparently I’m not the only one: Our “debate” turned out to be nothing but a big Arctic Monkeys love-in. Maybe the album’s greatness is just tough to deny. At any rate, here’s my own mini-review blurb:
Growing up is hard to do, especially when your claim to fame is your youthful exuberance and impish wit. Thankfully, Arctic Monkeys mature the only way they know how — on their own terms. They slow things down for Humbug, just to show us how much they’ve grown. They get sinister and dark, they create textured webs of harmony and guitar, and they pen uncomfortably funny lyrics about sexual obsession. Oh, yeah… they also rock the hell out of this thing.