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Least Effective Sophomore Slump - Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

I don't know the exact statistic, but I'm pretty sure that, in Britain, every person bought eight copies of the band's debut last year. That put a lot of pressure on t'Arctics to not screw up this time around. Bringing in producer James Ford from Simian Mobile Disco probably helped, as did jettisoning choruses, rocking harder than they ever did before, playing it slow and not sounding crap ('505' for the win) and generally making an album that didn't lose its appeal after the 15th listen. 'Do Me a Favour' is genuinely emotional, 'Balaclava' is a whole lot of fun, and 'Old Yellow Bricks' and 'Teddy Picker' are killer for bedroom air guitar. Also, great music video for 'Brianstorm' and great live performance of 'Fluorescent Adolescent'. Shame about that latter song title, though, eh?

[download Arctic Monkeys - 505 (live at Glastonbury)]

[Arctic Monkeys - official site / myspace]
[Buy 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' US / UK]


Carlo said...

Good Job! :)

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