Jun 6, 2011

2011: Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See

Suck It and See is Arctic Monkeys' fourth studio album. Eight years since forming it seems they have come a long way in changing their style from hard-hitting indie-rock to a more alternative suit. Suck It and See seems like a more natural transition from Favourite Worst Nightmare than Humbug. Yet they are still oceans apart.

On Suck It and See the band mixes the darker sides of rock with glossily produced indie-pop ballads.
Here songs are either dark and grindy or rather sentimental and softly sung.
The songs are solid and highly enjoyable. However the production doesn't seem to suit the Monkeys very well and doesn't give the album enough lasting value. Some of the songs even border on getting slightly tedious with each listen.
It's a good album though, but just hope that next time around the Monkeys will pick one style and stick with it. This feels more like a disappointment that could have been something more, rather than a successful change in artistic direction.

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