Album Preview... Arctic Monkeys - AM

Arctic Monkey’s highly-anticipated fifth studio album ‘AM’ is scheduled for release September 9. If you can’t wait any longer, three tracks have leaked on the internet: “No. 1 Party Anthem,” “Knee Socks,” and “I Wanna Be Yours.”

“No. 1 Party Anthem” is a slow, lyrical crooner; basically everything you look for in a great Arctic Monkeys ballad. It’s not my favourite ballad they’ve ever done but it’s definitely a great, solid track. I’ll admit it, I wasn’t much impressed with “Knee Socks” on first listen. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s a decent indie tune, but it just seems like an average track from a band that I know can do so much more. “I Wanna Be Yours” is the album closer and is probably by far my favourite of the three leaked tracks. This is an adaptation of the poem by the same name from punk poet John Cooper Clarke. Alex Turner is at his crooning best, declaring his love on a track with a slightly dark feel. None of the other leaked tracks gripped me in the way this last one did.

When you couple these leaked tracks with the three singles from this album so far: “Do I Wanna Know?”, “R U Mine?” and “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” then you begin to get a clearer picture of the feel of the album. So far, the feeling I’m getting from this album is a mix of the brooding, harder sounds of ‘Humbug’ and the crooning, slow ballads of ‘Suck It and See.’ It seems to be a decent album overall, but perhaps not as inventive or gripping as some of their past albums.

Of course, it’s too early to make final judgements until I’ve heard the entire album in order, but at the moment I much prefer the harder, more intense sound of the three singles than I do for these leaked tracks. That being said, “I Wanna Be Yours” is just a stunning, slow, slightly dark number that I just can’t get enough of. I’ll be curious to see what the feel of the album is as a whole. 

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Written by - Holly Spidle