Humbug

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  • Summary: The third album for the British band was co-produced by Josh Homme and James Ford.
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  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: 58 out of 71
  2. Negative: 2 out of 71
  1. BrianH
    Nov 13, 2009
    10
    This entire album "Makes my head pirouette!!!".
  2. dx
    Aug 25, 2009
    10
    It's sort of hard to believe that this is the same band that wrote songs like "I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor". Their songs are a It's sort of hard to believe that this is the same band that wrote songs like "I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor". Their songs are a bit moodier now, but show that the lads are heading in a great new direction. It's definitely a grower! Expand
  3. DormánM.
    Sep 24, 2009
    10
    Thats the best tricky dark music.
  4. AC
    Aug 25, 2009
    9
    Agree with Nicholas M, I think this album is a definite grower and people shouldnt dismiss it for its change in sound. Turner's lyrics Agree with Nicholas M, I think this album is a definite grower and people shouldnt dismiss it for its change in sound. Turner's lyrics are at their best and the band's adoption of new sounds should be applauded. Nacho C. is a complete twat. Where as Kings Of Leon certainly commercialised their sound, Arctic Monkeys turned to Josh Homme (QOTSA) to produce Humbug. The result is a farcry from an album of Corporate Jingles (had the band made a release with Rick Rubin producing you might of had a point). If your after a corporate jingle have another listen to 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor'. Expand
  5. KyleB.
    Sep 5, 2009
    9
    Great album Great band and Great songs. Well done Arctic Monkeys
  6. sVc.
    Aug 27, 2009
    8
    I was wondering how other fans of Arctic Monkeys were going to take this new album, but most seem to be in line with how I feel. This is I was wondering how other fans of Arctic Monkeys were going to take this new album, but most seem to be in line with how I feel. This is quite a departure from "Favourite Worste Nightmare" & "Whatever People Say..." I like every song on this this one, as with the previous ones, but obviously they've gone in a different direction. With the exception of "Potion Approaching" & "Pretty Visitors" there are no real upbeat, fast songs. I find it difficult to listen to the album as a whole- meaning all the way thru from track 1 thru track 10. But listening to them individually, two or three tracks at a time, I like every song. Maybe that's odd, but who cares. Turner's vocals remind me alot like Morrissey's and the lyrics are more cryptic. "Crashing Lightning" is probably one of the best singles released by anyone this year. Whatever...it's still good rock & roll music. If they want to keep experimenting, I say go right ahead... 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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