Record of the Week: Arctic Monkeys – AM
It has been a little under a decade since the Arctic Monkeys came from the U.K. in 2005 as one of the largest British rock bands around. Five albums later, the band is still pushing their limits and exploring new styles.
Their new album titled AM was recorded in LA along with Queen of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme. The album is self-proclaimed as “the West Coast Record.” Front-man Alex Turner named Black Sabbath and Dr. Dre as influences on the album, and you can absolutely hear a touch of Sabbath’s War Pigs on the fourth song titled Arabella.
The track listing has a fastidious flow ranging from heavy rock to 90’s G-funk, which is evident on the albums single; Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? Homme has two vocal cameos on tracks One for the Road and Knee Socks.
Guitarist-songwriter Turner proves he has not lost his knack for lyricism on tracks such as R U Mine where he sings about what sounds like a lost romance; “I guess what I’m trying to say is I need the deep end, keep imagining meeting, wished away entire lifetimes.” Interestingly enough, some of the best lyrics on the album are not Turner’s but rather a cover of a poem written in the 80’s by John Cooper Clarke on I Wanna Be Yours.
Psychedelic beats, dreamy guitars and funky rhythm…there is not one passable song on this album. AM is a solid fifth release with depth and the willingness to experiment.