Arctic Monkeys H & E

Hopes: I hope they open with hey hey, we’re the Monkees… oh wait, wrong Monkeys lol. I hope the British boys play all of my favorite tracks of course, most of which appear on Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not. My favorite AM number is “Riot Van,” so I strongly wish they perform this, even though it is highly unlikely. “Teddy Picker,” “Secret Door,” and “Cornerstone,” would be more than nice as well. Lastly, I want this to be one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen, over an hour of rockin rolling, and placed in my top 10.

: I expect that they will play “The View From the Afternoon,” “I Bet You Look Good On the Dance Floor,” and maybe one other off Whatever… I anticipate that they will play “Fluorescent Adolescent” and a few other tracks from Favourite Worst Nightmare. Most of the songs will come from their latest release, Humbug/. They will play for about an hour and it will be a great show in my top 15.


CD Review: Humbug

Band: Arctic Monkeys
Label: Domino
Release: 2009

1. “My Propeller” – 9.8
2. “Crying Lightning” – 9.8
3. “Dangerous Animals” – 9.9
4. “Secret Door” – 9.8
5. “Potion Approaching” – 9.6
6. “Fire and the Thud” – 9.4
7. “Cornerstone” – 9.7
8. “Dance Little Liar” – 9.8
9. “Pretty Visitors” – 9.7
10. “The Jeweller’s Hands” – 9.2

Comments: Spin almost hits the bulls-eye in a phrase of its review: “accomplished, but not particularly infectious.” Those last three words are pretty damn crucial. Just think about the first two Arctic Monkeys albums. Whatever People Say I Am excellent from top to bottom. Favourite Worst Nightmare picked up right where Whatever… left off and is packed with some of the best tunes of this decade. Humbug isn’t as instantly infectious. The first two tracks are darker and heavier, but just as noteworthy as what can be considered this band’s best. There are also some lighter, lyrics-focused songs that exemplify Alex Turner’s exquisite song-writing like “Secret Door” and “Cornerstone.” Definitely to me this is one of the best albums of the year. I’m embracing the new direction band has taken, if you want to call it that.

Grade: 9.7