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  • Summary: The ultrahyped British rockers return with a quick successor to their Mercury Prize-winning 2006 debut.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. It's not just the songs that have improved, but also their delivery. [May 2007, p.115]
  2. Ultimately, it ends up being one fantastic follow-up that brims at the sides with vehement energy.
  3. 90
    This is unmistakeably the Arctics, only stronger, harder, sharper, faster.... An extraordinary and fulfilling sequel to their debut. [May 2007, p.100]
  4. Favourite Worst Nightmare is a surprisingly significant improvement on an excellent debut.
  5. Arctic Monkeys are hardly the most important rock act in the world, or even the UK. But unlike a lot of their competition, they're a good band getting better.
  6. 70
    The boys have yet to prove their worth with the tender, mellow bits... and one can't help but wonder how strong Favourite Worst Nightmare would have been as simply a full-throttle, adrenal-tapped EP. [May 2007, p.92]
  7. There’s a lot of bluster and enthusiasm here but I’m struggling to identify much in the way of true substance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 142
  1. Jun 17, 2013
    10
    The Monkey's proved that they could write an excellent tune an perform it excellently on their first album. What this album needed was to show how they could move on from this and develop their musical style and I feel that it does it perfectly. The dark yet enticing moods of 'Only Ones Who Know' and '505' come across brilliantly and actually give me goosebumps whilst the boyish personalities of the band shine through in 'Brianstorm', 'Teddy Picker' and 'The Bad Thing'. A highlight is the whirling 'Fluorescent Adolescent' in an album which is as close to perfect as can possibly be. Expand
  2. Mar 22, 2011
    10
    Their debut album was astonishing. It won endless awards including the Mercury Prize you might wonder how they can follow it up? With this! Another piece of musical genius from the Monkeys. Made history again with having numerous songs in the top 100 simultaneously, which is just amazing! But hardly surprising given the fact that these guys are the best band around! Lead single Brianstorm displays some awesome guitaring but theres plenty on offer from Alex Turner and co, and once more his lyrics are nothing short of magnificent. Each song effectively could be released and have a hit record! Teddy Picker is filled with amazing lyrics from start to finish but that could be said of them all. Fluorescent Adolescent, Balaclava, House Is A Circus, Do Me A Favour and 505 are particularly sounds of an evolving Monkeys, but Old Yellow Bricks for me is an outstanding track. All round an even better album than the first as hard to imagine as that may be the Monkeys stock continues to rise, onwards and upwards for Mr. Turner and co. Expand
  3. Sep 15, 2011
    10
    Best Band Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  4. May 8, 2012
    9
    Favourite Worst Nightmare is an improvement of what the band was capable to do when they made their solid debut.
  5. Aug 9, 2012
    9
    Seldomly seen such a good album! Fantastic lyrics, fantastic voice, fantastic music! Some songs are a bit too less entertaining but that's just a little bit ;) Really good album though! Arctic Monkeys improved their debut album but sadly got worse with their two following albums. However, this is awesome! Expand
  6. May 31, 2011
    8
    A very good album from a very good album. "Brainstorm" is a pure classic, and is supported by great tracks such as "Teddy Picker" and "Fluorescent Adolescent". Overall, this album has more than enough of the Arctic Monkeys we got to know and love from they first album to make this a worthwhile buy. Expand
  7. j30
    Sep 22, 2011
    8
    Great follow-up to their debut. Musically they've improved as well.

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