Although the title of the album is on the long side, Arctic Monkeys aren’t just another pop-punk/emo band. They are a band that plays pure, simple raw. Much like Franz Ferdinand, these British rockers are still to top their fantastic debut. Although Favourite Worst Nightmare was more diverse, it didn’t have the same feel and freshness the first album carried so well and Humbug came off a little boring.
So, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not is a brilliant album and, without a doubt, the best rock album of the 00’s. Packed with amazing, catchy songs and hooks that just refuse to leave your head, Alex Turner and the band truly made here an impressive piece of art.
The thrills start right away with the slick “The View From The Afternoon”, with the band starting the album right away with “Anticipation has a habit to set you up for disappointment”, an obvious shout out to the ridiculous amount of hype surrounding the release. What’s better is that the band didn’t actually live up to that statement, specially when it’s delivering rock tracks like “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” and “Still Take You Home”.
The lyrics are fantastic, as well as Turner’s nasal vocals, and the fact that the album is all connected, explaining what a night out is like, just makes everything better. Songs like “Dancing Shoes” and “You Probably Couldn’t See For The Lights But You Were Looking Straight At Me” reflect this, with the former explaining the shallowness behind the hook-ups on the dance floor and the later seeing the “character” exactly trying to hook-up.
It’s all executed perfectly and that’s exactly what makes Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not so fantastic. Everything is connected, the lyrics have a brilliant insight on the night life and the vocals are just fantastic. A true classic.
Listen to: I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, Dancing Shoes, A Certain Romance.