Review: AM by Arctic Monkeys

AM by Arctic MonkeysArctic Monkeys’ fifth album oddly fits on the dance floor. It’s not necessarily Alex Turner talking about hip hop beats in the production of AM – there’s more to this record than aggressive beats. It’s a continued exploration of the sound they had during Humbug and Suck It And See, down to the Josh Homme appearances (of course), only it’s gotten slinkier and sexier. And oddly classier. The question-mark-y singles pummel in varying degrees (with “Do I Wanna Know?” setting the tone nicely) while the rest of the record goes for a subtler route. “Snap Out Of It” aside, with its “traditional Monkeys” sound, it’s all brooding and crooning and a bit intimidating, knowing that at the end of all the allure is a big shebang. You get out of it safely, but the Arctic Monkeys have proven themselves again. [NB] | 4/5

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