Favourite Worst Nightmare

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Apr 24, 2007
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Forget about the dreaded decline. Arctic Monkeys have moved from their alarmingly evolved infancy into rock toddlerhood with glibness, swagger, and whip-smart songs intact.
  2. The most doubter-defying second album since 'Modern Life Is Rubbish'.
  3. At every turn this record astonishes with its accomplishment.
  4. Though inconsistent, this record is remarkably accomplished and immediate.
  5. If Favourite Worst Nightmare is notably lacking something, it's another song like the debut's standout, "A Certain Romance".
  6. Favourite Worst Nightmare finds the band getting louder, more aggressive, and, as a consequence, losing some of their youthful charm.
  7. On the evidence of Favourite Worst Nightmare, the Arctic Monkeys are playing at the very top of their and everyone else's game.
  8. The album sees the band moving on from the Libertines-aping chord structures of their debut and pushing in new directions.
  9. On [the] debut, it was possible hear all the ways they were similar to their predecessors, but here it's possible to hear all the ways Arctic Monkeys is a unique, vibrant band and that's why Favourite Worst Nightmare is its own way more exciting than the debut.
  10. What is most startling... is the amount of emotional depth that Turner's injected into his songs here.
  11. Favourite Worst Nightmare shows them pushing gently but confidently at the boundaries of their sound.
  12. Turner’s sharp narrative ear is still tuned to the revealing banalities of everyday life, the whole band admirably responsive to emotional nuance.
  13. A bit heavier and not as immediate, Favourite Worst Nightmare is a slightly lesser record, though by no means a Difficult Second Album.
  14. Even sharper and more cunning than its predecessor.
  15. While their second set... may not be as revelatory as the first, it's nearly as good, and suggests they may eventually live up to the most impassioned accolades.
  16. Favourite Worst Nightmare, a demonstrative record of small deviations, may pale before its predecessor but is better.
  17. Ultimately, it ends up being one fantastic follow-up that brims at the sides with vehement energy.
  18. A second album as outstanding as this one is no nightmare; it's a dream come true.
  19. The new songs are more melodic and even more meticulous than before.
  20. There's nothing wrong with singing witty lyrics fast and loud; there's just nothing very special about it.
  21. Favourite Worst Nightmare is tempered by a few duds -- "Balaclava" and "If You Were There, Beware," please stand up -- but more than that, it's kind of joyless.
  22. Arctic Monkeys have tightened up as a band and play more powerfully than before.
  23. If "Nightmare" misses some of the poetry and exhilaration of "Whatever," it has something more important: authenticity and integrity.
  24. 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.
  25. The record goes some way towards capturing the heaviness of that band’s live performances.
  26. Q Magazine
    100
    It's not just the songs that have improved, but also their delivery. [May 2007, p.115]
  27. Mojo
    90
    This is unmistakeably the Arctics, only stronger, harder, sharper, faster.... An extraordinary and fulfilling sequel to their debut. [May 2007, p.100]
  28. Uncut
    80
    Favourite Worst Nightmare is a near-triumph, a far superior Album #2 than Meat Is Murder, The Libertines, or Second Coming. Yet some doubts nag, partly because of the subject matter. [May 2007, p.84]
  29. Urb
    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]
  30. Billboard
    90
    There is more than enough here to make up for any loss of zeitgeist-shattering impact the second time around. [28 Apr 2007]
  31. Favourite Worst Nightmare is a surprisingly significant improvement on an excellent debut.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 410 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 145
  1. FeD
    Aug 6, 2007
    10
    Simply the bast band at the moment.
  2. john
    Apr 23, 2007
    10
    Best band alive.
  3. j30
    Sep 22, 2011
    8
    Great follow-up to their debut. Musically they've improved as well.