Jun 11, 2011To record Humbug, Arctic Monkeys headed to the California desert with a slew of incomplete song ideas and the mood to experiment a bit. This time around, the band prepared and tried to perfect their songs at home before traveling to Los Angeles to record. The result is a more immediate album, but also one that may take a few listens to fully appreciate.
The first two songs released off of the album (Brick By Brick and Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair) were quite a misdirection for fans since, besides those two and the jagged Library Pictures, the rest of Suck It And See contains very summer-friendly melodies and choruses. Some of the band's most successful previous singles were more joyful than rocky, and this time around Alex Turner and company seemed to make it a point to perfect that type of sound.
Black Treacle, Reckless Serenade, title track Suck It And See, and closer That's Where You're Wrong will likely hook you quicker than anything they've recorded since Fluorescent Adolescent. The aforementioned "heavier" songs (though they still roll out at a pace much slower than the band's older material) work well on the album and provide necessary tempo changes.
Track-for-track, this is likely the Arctic Monkeys' best album to date, providing twelve songs that range from fun to spectacular, and absolutely no filler. The only complaint I have is the fact that I like the Submarine OST recording of Piledriver Waltz a bit more than this album version, but it's still very good in its own right. While listening to Suck It And See, you'll likely realize that this is a band that is fine-tuning its skill set and using all of the tricks they've learned so far to create some wonderful music. Can't wait to see where they go next.… Expand
May 25, 2012"Suck It and See" has songs that work and songs that don't work. Is it different from the previous work? Definitely. Is it bad and did it fail? No, it actually passes with great expectations. Is it guaranteed that you'll like it after multiple listens? It depends on the listener that you are. If you're into the Arctic Monkeys and are willing to accept that their work sounds a lot different now than their previous successful efforts, you'll love it. If you're a new fan or listener, or if you're someone who prefers a band that sticks to their roots, it'll probably be "The Room" of Arctic Monkeys albums to you. On a concluding note, "Suck It and See" has a majority that you would expect from a two year wait, and then a little.… Expand
Aug 7, 2012I like the Arctic Monkeys but I expected much more from this album. Like its predecessor 'Humbug', 'Suck It And See' is too unvaried for me. Only one really good song (title-giving Suck It And See), the rest is nothing so special. "Piledriver Waltz", "Library Pictures" and "Black Treacle" are also cool, but I truly expected more from them. Their first albums were considerably better than 'Suck It And See'.… Expand
Published: May 10, 2011We've selected 25 of the biggest albums arriving between now and September, including new discs from Death Cab for Cutie, Lady Gaga, My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, Jane's Addiction, and more. Plus, listen to full tracks from each album.
|Spiderland [Box Set] - Slint|
|Led Zeppelin III [Remastered] - Led Zeppelin|
|Led Zeppelin I [Remastered] - Led Zeppelin|
|Led Zeppelin II [Remastered] - Led Zeppelin|
|Definitely Maybe [Remastered] - Oasis|
|Nightclubbing [Deluxe Edition] - Grace Jones|
|Soul Mining (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) [Box Set] - The The|
|Miles at the Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 3 - Miles Davis|
|From Parts Unknown - Every Time I Die|
|Goodbye Yellow Brick Road [40th Anniversary Edition] - Elton John|
|Illmatic XX [20th Anniversary Edition] - Nas|
|Syro - Aphex Twin|
|Superunknown [Deluxe Edition] - Soundgarden|
|Anthology [Box Set] - The Clean|
|To Be Kind - Swans|
|Face the Music [Box Set] - Nils Lofgren|
|Foundations of Burden - Pallbearer|
|Popular Problems - Leonard Cohen|
|CSNY 1974 [Box Set] - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young|
|Go Down in History [EP] - Four Year Strong|