Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not





Can a band really be as good as their next single? I would like to think so. Let’s face it, no matter how you sliced it, when America caught wind of the Arctic Monkeys’ first single “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor”, we were smitten. When the band came over to the States for a few dates, we fell in love. Now, in a few short weeks the young group’s debut full length will be knocking down shop doors and breaking into your heart via your headphones. From the huge opening riffs and Northern English snarl on “View From The Afternoon” to the last few seconds of catchy jangly guitar on “Certain Romance”, the Arctic Monkeys take their listener on one hell of a ride. The best way to describe it would be to take the wit of Jarvis Cocker, blended with party nature of The Libertines (minus the drama) and add in a pinch of The Clash and The Jam for good measure. My one worry, as most people were that heard the old downloadable demos, was what it would sound like compared to the raw grittiness that those early takes held. Truth be told these are a little more glossy, but not in a bad-American-Idol-pop way. The tunes are simply cleaned up a little, and smoothed over the rough edges. “When The Sun Goes Down” (formerly known as “Scummy”) is the second single and starts off acoustically before it kicks into high gear with a danceable beat and a pub sing-along chorus. If you are a fan of the bass-heavy dance songs, then skip on over to track four, “Dancing Shoes”. This infectious song screams for even the lamest hipster to put their best Chuck Taylors on and make a beeline to the dance floor. The last tune, “Certain Romance” features one of the best guitar licks to get stuck in my head in a while. It is also such a pleasure to hear the over the top accents from the lads. (I am a total sucker for British accents, especially that of Northern England.) Other favorites include the mellower sounding “Mardy Bum”, the fuck-off song about “Fake Tales Of San Francisco” and the noise-filled “Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong”. Who knew that being young, broke, and British could be so fabulous? All in all this is a solid album that this industry, and this scene, is in dire need of having. Contrary to the group’s statement on stage one night, we do believe the hype, and your band lives up to it.

Arctic Monkeys
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Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not