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Monday, 27 June 2011 07:43

Charting the music: Arctic Monkeys, 'Suck It and See'

Charting the music: Arctic Monkeys, 'Suck It and See'
Written by Jill Cherkas
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When it comes to rock & roll, sometimes the Brits do it best. The Beatles had the '60s. Led Zeppelin had the '70s. Oasis had the '90s. Arctic Monkeys have 2011.

Although some may consider it sinful to compare the Arctic Monkeys to these rock & roll legends, lead singer Alex Turner and company have been forcing their way into Brit rock history ever since they started making music in the early millennium.

Back with their fourth studio album, the Arctic Monkeys have once again changed up their game with Suck It and See. The new album strays far from their days of "I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor" and lunges into a place that's a bit darker and mysterious.

Suck It and See continues to define the Monkeys' newer, harder sound that they began developing when they first entered the studio with Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) for their third CD Humbug. The album is completed with deep melodic songs. Take "All My Own Stunts," for example. The grunge-distorted guitar riffs are complemented by Turner's pleads to "put on your dancing shoes and show me what to do." However, his voice is tinted with a shade of arrogance that makes it seem like he doesn't really need directions from anyone else. He knows right where he's heading and Suck It and See is taking him one step closer to his destination -- the heart of rock & roll.

Written by Jill Cherkas, Music Department

On the KDHX Charts: #4 CMJ for June 21, 2011

This album can be heard on: The Mixtape, Emotional Rescue and Juxtaposition.

Even more: Some US retailers are not happy with the album's cover, even though it features little more than the album title, and are censoring it with a sticker.

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