Humbug - Arctic Monkeys
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  • Summary: The third album for the British band was co-produced by Josh Homme and James Ford.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Arctic Monkeys collect their darkest impulses and put them on stark display; it’s another massive step forward in a career that seems marked for greatness.
  2. Their ace third album is full of Turner's snide observations on human behavior.
  3. You can either keep chasing an elusive past, relying on your fans' nostalgia, or you can press on, keeping your gaze fixed forward. The first option is easier, but Humbug admirably takes the second, with a confidence that suggests that if their days at the eye of the storm are behind them, Arctic Monkeys' best might be yet to come.
  4. Talented lad, Turner. Not on this evidence incapable of ever writing quick, clever, cynical little songs again.
  5. Turner’s defense mechanisms are as honed and as vicious as his rather formidable bullshit detector has proven to be in albums past, and whatever Humbug lacks in middle fingers, or even thematic continuity, it makes up for with sinister gazes and scathing ambiguities.
  6. Humbug is a pretty good album that’s pleasingly incongruous amongst the pre-fab boredom of much modern Brit indie. It’s eminently not astounding but it is inventive, and likeably so.
  7. More often than not on Humbug, they sound like a less inspired version of themselves.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 69
  2. Negative: 2 out of 69
  1. BrianH
    Nov 13, 2009
    10
    This entire album "Makes my head pirouette!!!".
  2. NicholasM
    Aug 25, 2009
    10
    Most of the people downvoting it are doing so cause it's just not their debut album (Part II), the album shows them embracing new sounds Most of the people downvoting it are doing so cause it's just not their debut album (Part II), the album shows them embracing new sounds and releasing an album with Alex Turner's finest lyrics to date, definitely a grower of an album, but a classic once you get past that Expand
  3. SteveH
    Sep 8, 2009
    10
    The first two albums were very good but this incredibly tops it, it is hard to put it down it is so good. Takes a few spins but it is well worth it.
  4. Bman
    Aug 25, 2009
    9
    Not as catchy as their previous works. But a good album nonetheless. Turners lyrics have become more metaphorical and harder to decipher. The Not as catchy as their previous works. But a good album nonetheless. Turners lyrics have become more metaphorical and harder to decipher. The music is much looser when compared to the fast, tight sound they are known for. Stand-outs for me are Potion Approaching, The Fire and the Thud and Dance Little Liar. Hopefully their next album sounds just as unique. Expand
  5. RobertoR
    Sep 3, 2009
    9
    Darker and more mature then the previous 2 albulms, but innovative and attractive... monkeys growing better every year!
  6. OmarC
    Aug 26, 2009
    8
    Turner remains a lyrical genius, and the music is darker and sexier than ever. It lacks an anthem, but that's easily compensated for Turner remains a lyrical genius, and the music is darker and sexier than ever. It lacks an anthem, but that's easily compensated for with tracks like 'Cornerstone'. I'm not convinced that this sound will remain, but rather an example of the band looking to explore - and I rather like it. Expand
  7. TiagoA
    Aug 26, 2009
    0
    I don't Like this band , they get worse and worse. This album it's ridiculous.

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