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Arctic Monkeys

The Car

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Arctic Monkeys are undoubtedly one of the biggest, most talented bands on the planet. They have very much earned the right to do whatever they want musically… but wow.

How do you follow up an ill received, lacklustre, bloated, flop of an album such as ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’? Well if you are Arctic Monkeys, you double down and again ditch your signature sound and attitude to release another collection of boring lounge pop dirge.

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It’s difficult to write a balanced review of new album, ‘The Car’ in all honesty. If everybody is honest with themselves, this is not the album we wanted from the band this time around. Although I’m sure that many old school fans would love a return to the sound of their first two albums, that was never going to happen.

But after the enormous success of generational release, ‘AM’, which appeared to be the perfect middle crowd, ‘The Car’ just sucks the enjoyment out of this once formidable band. This stubbornness from the band has though, as we said earlier, been earned. It’s their well earned right to record and release the music that they want to.

It just makes you wonder what happened to that rock ‘n’ roll, eh? You know that rock ‘n’ roll, that singer Alex Turner said just won’t go away, that will never die and there’s nothing anybody can do about it! Well after these past two albums, you can’t help but wonder did Turner think to himself – challenge accepted!

If you enjoyed ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, congratulations, you will also very much enjoy, ‘The Car’. It demonstrates just how musically talented and dexterous the band are. If however that last album wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t even bother hitting the play button on ‘The Car’!

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