Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (Dominio, 2006)
About once a year, one buzz band will turn the British music press on it's collective ear, in the past it has been bands like Franz Ferdinand and my beloved Libertines and this year they are in a froth over a band called The Arctic Monkeys. Their music is a blasting brand of punk-pop the maintains the abrasive edginess of garage rock while having a veneer of pop accessibility to it. The lyrics are mostly concerned with the social lives and foibles of twenty-somethings in London town, but manage to avoid nadir by maintaining a level of wit and poise.
"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" begins the album with an edgy rocking groove that sets the stage for some of the other upbeat tunes like riotous lyrics and music of "Perhaps Vampires is a Bit Strong, But" keep the proceedings moving along at a brisk pace. "A Certain Romance" brings the pop aspect to the forefront at the close of the disc, ending the album on a witty note. This is a very successful debut album, and hopefully the band will live up to all the hype and survive the trials and tribulations of being the next big thing to have a productive career builds on this success.
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