Arctic Monkeys AM

A Glastonbury headline slot, a new album announcement and a new single complete with psychedelic video. The Arctic Monkeys have a lot on their plates right now, but then again when haven't they? The boys from Sheffield have come along way since releasing their Beneath the Boardwalk e.p back in 2005  but even back then they were hitting the headlines, and for all the right reasons.

Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?


As soon as the band hit the scene it appeared they were destined for success. The previously mentioned e.p drummed up such a cult following that they drew a massive crowd at Reading and Leeds festival whilst still unsigned.

'Whatever People Say I Am, Thats What I'm Not' was a number one album and single 'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor' broke the record for fastest ever selling single in Britain. By now they were hot property and haven't looked back since. But I digress! We're onto album five now and have been promised a harder rockier sound for this outing very much in tune with previous single 'R U Mine?' and b-side 'Evil Twin'.



The new records entitled 'AM' and is released in the UK on Monday the 9th of September. Here's an excerpt from www.arcticmonkeys.com telling us the tracklisting and who features on the album.

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'AM' was produced by James Ford and co-produced by Ross Orton at Sage & Sound Recording, LA and Rancho De La Luna, Joshua Tree. The album was engineered by Ian Shea and mixed by Tchad Blake.

Josh Homme, Pete Thomas and Bill Ryder-Jones all make guest appearances on 'AM' - as do the words of John Cooper Clarke, on the track, 'I Wanna Be Yours'.

Tracklisting for 'AM' is as follow

01 "Do I Wanna Know?"
02 “R U Mine?”
03 “One For The Road”
04 “Arabella”05 “I Want It All”
06 “No. 1 Party Anthem”
07 “Mad Sounds”
08 “Fireside”
09 “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”
10 “Snap Out Of It”
11 “Knee Socks”
12 “I Wanna Be Yours"

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'Mad Sounds' has already been showcased live and a few new tracks are bound to feature in their Glastonbury set. Personally I like the sound of 'No. 1 Party Anthem' and 'Fireside'. Good track names.

Arctic Monkeys - Mad Sounds


So you've heard two tracks off the album (three if you include R U Mine). What do you think? Are they up to standard? Has the new dapper dress sense taken the edge off their sound? Or is this another crowning glory to add to the treasure chest that is the Arctic Monkeys back catalogue? I suppose we'll have to wait until September to find out. Until then why don't we look back at their last Glastonbury performance to get us warmed up for this years festivities!

Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales of San Francisco/ Balaclava (Live @ Glastonbury 2007)


Alex Jones

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