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  • Summary: Arctic Monkeys partners with producer James Ford for a third time for a fourth album of indie pop songs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Jun 6, 2011
    90
    What is clear is that the Arctic Monkeys of 2011 have produced, probably by a significant margin, the best British Rock 'n' Roll album you will hear this year, and on top of that there's the comforting sense that Suck It And See will only age well.
  2. Jun 6, 2011
    80
    So the odd mis-step aside, the death of Arctic Monkeys appears to have been greatly exaggerated. Rather, this is another intriguing evolution for one of the country's great bands, and a shot in the arm for Britain's rather moribund 'indie guitar' scene.
  3. 80
    While the design is a bit different, the result is still another awesome album to add to Arctic Monkeys' arsenal.
  4. Jun 6, 2011
    70
    With their fourth album, they settle nicely into a solid career as a guitar rock band as interested in frantic danceable rhythms as smoother, but still fidgety, ballads marked by lush, reverb-laden crooning.
  5. Jul 6, 2011
    70
    If that score at the top of this review seems unfriendly, it's not because they've grown boring or predictable; it's just another step in an ongoing process.
  6. 67
    It hits hard, but the boyish energy of their early work is still missed. [3/10 Jun 2011, p.112]
  7. Jun 8, 2011
    42
    Only five years ago, Turner was a fresh-faced quipster hopefully eyeing a crush on the dance floor, but now he's playing into the tiredest archetype: the jaded, sunglasses-shaded rock traditionalist on the hunt for an easy lay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. Jun 15, 2011
    10
    Suck It And See is yet another masterpiece from the Arctic Monkeys. Their 4th studio album continues their growth and proves just how awesomeSuck It And See is yet another masterpiece from the Arctic Monkeys. Their 4th studio album continues their growth and proves just how awesome they truly are. Humbug divided opinions amongst many with a more dark and intense sound but what some failed to recognize that Humbug was the Monkeys evolving! Personally, I loved Humbug it was an excellent experiment and a fantastic album where rather that churn out the same old material time after time Alex Turner and co showed a more maturity in their music. Suck it And See however is the perfect balance of what we have come to love from the Monkeys. The dark-psychadelic sound combined with the indie-pop of back in the day bring out a refreshing and fantastic 4th outing. Whats even more evident is Turner's song-writing genius as now it seems the lyrics are more personal in telling a story and this album is further evidence if any were needed of the genius that is ALex Turner! The lead single Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair was a clever choice with some powerful riffs and sweet solo's it catches on very quickly. Reckless Serenade is like the Cornerstone of Humbug and the more softer poppy sound in that and Suck It And See is without a doubt up with the best their ever made. Other standouts include The Hellcat Spangled Shalala, She's Thunderstorms, Brick by Brick and Love Is A Laserquest. Infact, the more I think about it Suck It And See has a bit of everything, truthfully there isn't a bad song to be heard. Another masterstroke from the Monkeys! Expand
  2. Jun 29, 2013
    10
    Such a good album. Their best for me.
    It's classic British rock music, mixed with the type of lyricism that Alex developed on the Monkey's
    Such a good album. Their best for me.
    It's classic British rock music, mixed with the type of lyricism that Alex developed on the Monkey's third album, Humbug.
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  3. Jun 11, 2011
    10
    To record Humbug, Arctic Monkeys headed to the California desert with a slew of incomplete song ideas and the mood to experiment a bit. ThisTo 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.
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  4. Jun 9, 2011
    9
    Not just their best album, but one of my favorites this year. Absolutely genius. Very cool throwback to hipster bands of the mid 80s/early 90sNot just their best album, but one of my favorites this year. Absolutely genius. Very cool throwback to hipster bands of the mid 80s/early 90s Smiths, Replacements, Echo & the Bunnymen. Very jangly, rock solid sound. Beats the hell out of the clumsiness of "Humbug"

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  5. Jun 12, 2011
    8
    Clearly the further you look back the better the future will be. From taking in several different influences from 60's garage and psychedelicClearly the further you look back the better the future will be. From taking in several different influences from 60's garage and psychedelic rock. The Arctic Monkeys return with a rather amazing 4th Studio Lp. Expect a lot of catchy hooks and melodies, 'Don't sit down 'cause I moved your chair' stands as my favorite track on the LP. Don't expect anything like there first LP 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' in a sense The Arctic Monkeys have lost that gobby indie style which grabbed them lots of praise. The Album is adventurous, catchy and still in your face. 8/10 Expand
  6. Aug 7, 2012
    7
    I 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.I 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
  7. Jun 11, 2011
    1
    From a band with so much talent they produce something of low quality. They appear to be milking their name knowing people will pick the albumFrom a band with so much talent they produce something of low quality. They appear to be milking their name knowing people will pick the album up blindly. I'm just saying listen to the (bad) music first before you make your mind up on buying it. Expand

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