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Posted by: Dave on September 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Arctic Monkeys Humbug.jpgSound: On their third album, the snappy Brit punkers tone down the in-your-face riffs and basslines considerably. Humbug is a woozy, dark and mysterious journey that favors mood and tone over memorable songs. The two exceptions to this rule—“Cornerstone,” a classic, peppy poppy ballad, and “Pretty Visitors,” a heavy, spooky rocker—are two of the stronger and most accessible tracks.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Cornerstone”; “My Propeller”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Pretty Visitors”; “Crying Lightning”
Recommended: It’s commendable that Arctic Monkeys challenged themselves—and certainly their audience—on Humbug. After two exceptional, energized albums—Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (my #20 Album of 2006) and Favourite Worst Nightmare (my #16 Album of 2007)—it makes sense for them to mellow out and explore their weirder tendencies. This isn’t their most exciting collection of tunes, but it’s strong and strange enough to make you quite curious about what they’ll do next.
Grade: B

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