Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See album review

Alex Turner and his band of miscreant monkeys of the Arctic have shown over the years their varied shades of fun, whether it be full force (“I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor”) thoughtful (“Fluorescent Adolescent”) or filled with James Bond twang (“Crying Lightning”) Arctic Monkeys have little left to prove to anyone. Their fourth effort, Suck It And See may cry out for attention in title but the songs beg to differ. This is actually their least flashy album to date.

After losing a fraction of the attention of their fanbase due to the contrastive sound of 2009’s Humbug, which was by far the band’s worst-selling album, Arctic Monkeys are meeting us somewhere in the middle. Partially ditching the invasively large marijuana-infused guitar rantings of Humbug, yet not completely returning to the true ape-like pounding of their critically acclaimed debut, Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not.

“Brick By Brick,” featuring drummer Matt Helders on vocals, dabbles in 70’s rock swag, never really knowing where’s it’s going or why. Oddly, it’s the slow-paced contributions that work on Suck It And See, quite a revelation for a band known for partying with moguls, drinking habits and for lead singer Alex Turner’s distaste for fame and utter disregard for compliments or criticisms pertaining to his precious music. Yes, his attitude has never surprised us much, with lyrics like his we expect brashness. Usually we expect it, but again, Suck It And See is mostly void of such things.

Here is a fairly cheery, medium to slow-paced pop-infused album. “Piledriver Waltz,” originally meant as a Turner solo, is full of clever musings like “If you’re gonna try to walk on water make sure you wear your comfortable shoes.” Or “Suck It And See” which contains the lyric, “You’re rarer than a can of dandelion and burdock,” not sure if that is a good or bad thing, but it’s sure to conjure smiles nonetheless. The two best you’ll find are “All My Own Stunts” and the bolder “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair.” Suck it And See is a versatile, well-rounded CD, neither their best nor worst.

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