Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Being Seduced By Alex Turner | AM Review



For some years now I've been a huge Arctic Monkeys fan. In early September this year, they released a new album simply titled, AM. I've unashamedly not done a lot with my life other than listen to it solidly for the last two months.

From the first listen, Do I Wanna Know has been my definite favourite track because Alex Turner's voice is even more seductively moody than usual and his lyricism is sublime. The riff is a close rival to those in older songs such as I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor and makes me want to move to Sheffield, wear copious amounts of leather, learn guitar and be cool (something i've sadly not yet achieved). 

I really cannot fault the album and I'm so happy R U Mine is included because that has of course been one of my favourite ever songs since its release early last year. I recommend Snap Out Of It if you're having a bit of a down day because if a cheeky portion of apologetic Alex Turner doesn't make you smile, nothing will. Also worth a mention are Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High, Arabella and Knee Socks - all perfection! For a change, the whole album has a fairly continuous tone and the transition between songs is deliciously smooth. Dare I suggest that AM is the first Arctic Monkeys album where not a single track lets them down? If you've not yet bothered to listen to the whole album (seriously what have you been doing?) you should probably do so immediately, you owe it to your ears.

While i'm here, I can't help but express how utterly gorgeous Arctic Monkeys' cover of Drake's Hold On We're Going Home in the Radio 1 Live Lounge was. I didn't expect much from it as I'm really not into Drake at all. However, Alex Turner made it sound like some sort of beautifully composed piece of art. I'm so obsessed with this cover I now know a Drake song off by heart which is a bit embarrassing...

I'm sorry for unleashing my inner fan girl but sometimes these things can't be helped.
Love Anna x