I like the Arctic Monkeys! More than a lot of bands and definitely more than swine flu :( Arctic Monkeys first two albums were good and their third does not disappoint either (even if it is called Humbug. Yuck. And the album cover is the worst. Album cover: 1/5 stars.) Supposedly the band was listening to Black Sabbath and Cream and maybe some other bands that I don’t care about when they wrote the songs for this album.
I know some people don’t like the Arctic Monkeys, so let me tell you why I do like them. One, I think their songs are catchy and pleasant to listen to. Two, (and this is the best part) Alex Turner writes some great lyrics and delivers those lyrics in an exciting and original way.
Most of Humbug’s ten songs are produced by Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Eagles of Death Metal, Them Crooked Vultures, Craig Kilborn lookalike), who is pretty awesome in his own right. Rated R and Songs for the Deaf by Queens of the Stone Age are pretty much essential listening. He does leave his mark all over the album, especially the guitar tones and sounds.
Here is the first single, “Crying Lightning”
What was that about a Gobstopper?
Next single (and likely candidate for best song on the album) is “Cornerstone”. Here is the pretty awesome video.
Get a haircut, hippie.
What a great melody!
Another song that I like is called “Dance Little Liar”. I really like the part at 3:18, one of my favorite things in music ever.
Humbug is a solid album and I would say it’s as good as Arctic Monkeys other two albums.