Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Image
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  • Summary: Not only the most-hyped band of early 2006, Sheffield, England's Arctic Monkeys (led by 19-year-old Alex Turner) managed to accomplish what the likes of Franz Ferdinand and The Libertines couldn't do before them: set the UK record for fastest-selling debut album of all time.

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When The Sun Goes Down
So who's that girl there? I wonder what went wrong So that she had to roam the streets She don't do major credit cards I doubt she does receipts It's... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Even if you've been fortunate enough to live with these tracks over the last year or so, they still sound more vital, more likely to make you form your own band than anything else out there.
  2. Blender
    100
    What elevates the Monkeys into a class of their own is Turner. [Apr 2006, p.113]
  3. Such is the depth and quality of Turner's songwriting, it plays like a best of.
  4. Their riff-heavy songs are brashly delivered – favouring attitude over technique – but it's Turner's keenly observed vignettes of bored text-messaging teens that really connect.
  5. At times charming, oddly affecting, and certainly promising but understandably something less than life changing.
  6. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not manages to celebrate and mock its cultural milieu simultaneously with genuine affection and sarcasm balanced so well that the scale never tips too far either way.
  7. One good single does not a great album make, and unfortunately, the rest of the record becomes pretty tedious, pretty quickly.

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  1. Negative: 69 out of 323
  1. RaülJ
    Feb 14, 2006
    10
    Music should always be this fun. Hard to find a record with more catching tunes
  2. DERMOT
    Nov 27, 2006
    10
    people say they are too muck like the jam......wat pre-tel is the problem with this may i ask?????/ cant.make your own fukin music if it people say they are too muck like the jam......wat pre-tel is the problem with this may i ask?????/ cant.make your own fukin music if it bothers u this much...or just dont listen...moan bags Expand
  3. Nov 24, 2010
    10
    Whatever People Say is one of my favorite rock albums. The hooky guitar riffs and Alex's lyrics always get me in the mood. Every song feelsWhatever People Say is one of my favorite rock albums. The hooky guitar riffs and Alex's lyrics always get me in the mood. Every song feels like a single. Fake Tales From San Francisco, A Certain Romance, Riot Van, and I Bet That You Look Good On The Dance Floor are all amazing songs. All In All, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not is an astonishing record that needs to be listened too as soon as possible. A Expand
  4. EzraM
    Apr 17, 2006
    8
    I guess you can see the jackasses here... In any case, it's a great drinking album, well made, with good spirit. Not great, but you I guess you can see the jackasses here... In any case, it's a great drinking album, well made, with good spirit. Not great, but you remember the Royal Tenenbaums... Expand
  5. RyanL
    Mar 5, 2006
    7
    Solid album. If you're a fan of somewhat frantic rock, pick it up. You'll probably find it's not as good as the hype, but not Solid album. If you're a fan of somewhat frantic rock, pick it up. You'll probably find it's not as good as the hype, but not nearly as bad as the people backlashing are making it out to be. Expand
  6. raulj
    Jan 29, 2006
    5
    really pathetic writing skills here and music that is far from interesting. don't believe the hype, boi!
  7. MartinW
    Jan 29, 2006
    0
    As Johnny says above: "This CD is boring and just rips off oasis" ... who ripped off The Beatles and everybody else! Warning: "Don't As Johnny says above: "This CD is boring and just rips off oasis" ... who ripped off The Beatles and everybody else! Warning: "Don't Believe The Hype" (as somebody else once said). We'll see how well The Monkeys fare in a few years' time. Will they go the same way as Hear'Say (the previous best-selling debut album) or The Stone Roses (arguably the BEST debut album). Either way, I hope they disband soon, then we can have the next round of "Best-Group-Since-The-Beatles". [I was panicking that I was going to have to give this 1/10. Mighty relieved there was a '0'!] Expand

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