The Age Of The Understatement - The Last Shadow Puppets
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the side project of the Artic Monkeys' Alex Turner and The Rascals' Miles Kane.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. This isn't just a novel idea that is haphazardly hashed out but rather, the work of two impeccable musicians and it's a fine addition to either musician's catalog and a brilliant one at that.
  2. 80
    With Arcade Fire arranger Owen Pallett draping the songs in sympathetic strings and producer James Ford working overtime on drums, the result is a widescreen epic, full of high fevers and crystal-clear vocal performances.
  3. It’s a great collection of songs. And that’s the understatement.
  4. The Age Of The Understatement is just plain good fun. [Spring 2008, p.78]
  5. 78
    Full of enough gorgeous orchestration and swooping crescendos to make John Berry proud, the songs are as much ambitiously cinematic as they are heartfelt pop tunes. [Spring 2008, p.92]
  6. The Age of the Understatement is weirdly epic (Nick Cave), full of harmony (Mamas and the Papas), a little charming (Robbie Williams) and dead fucking sexy (any James Bond but Timothy Dalton).
  7. This might be news to the Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, but for every artist there’s a point where aspiration exceeds ability. The Last Shadow Puppets, his new studio dalliance with pal Miles Kane, have way overshot it on The Age Of The Understatement.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 28, 2013
    A beautifully crafted record with some excellent production going on. The Last Shadow Puppets sees two obviously highly talented songwriters joing forces. While the result is less than the sum of its parts and with Turner especially capable of more, the record fares well when considered as a side project. For the most part Turner's work with his motherband far surpass what he does here. While dealing with a style that could be likened to something from the late 50's/early 60's, remarkably it's the freshness of ideas and the production that impresses most with much of the album having a sound that falls somewhere between Scott Walker and The La's. "Staqnding Next To Me" and "Black Plant" stand out. Expand
  2. Feb 12, 2012
    The band should be called The Last Shadow Puppets And Owen Pallett, because the work Owen did for this album is marvellous, as well as the beautiful songs that Alex turner and Miles Kane wrote. A wonderful side project for both! Expand
  3. Aug 24, 2010
    This is a generally nice album, with the title track and the second song "Standing next to me" being the highlights. those 2 songs are what really makes the album a 7. otherwise, there wasnt much here to satisfy my expectations. none of the other songs are amazing, is what im saying. yet again, none of the songs are terrible either. less rocky than your average arctic monkeys, if you liked the arctic monkeys less headbanger songs, this is a potentially great album. not essential, but worth a try. 7/10 Expand

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