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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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Crying Lightning
Outside the cafe by the cracker factory You were practicing a magic trick And my thoughts got rude, as you talked and chewed On the last of your pick... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  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: 66 out of 79
  2. Negative: 2 out of 79
  1. BrianH
    Nov 13, 2009
    10
    This entire album "Makes my head pirouette!!!".
  2. ScottM
    Aug 27, 2009
    10
    Tough to get into at first, but once it hits you its easily their best album.
  3. May 19, 2015
    10
    A breath of fresh air from the rowdy style of Arctic Monkey's two previous albums. Every track on this album is killer, especially lyrically.A breath of fresh air from the rowdy style of Arctic Monkey's two previous albums. Every track on this album is killer, especially lyrically. Alex Turner is a lyrical genius, and really steps it up from the more straight-forward lyrics from the other albums. Sometimes you've really got to decipher what he's saying, as he uses his well plotted metaphors to his advantage. Overall an amazing album, and a personal favorite of mine. Expand
  4. TonyM
    Aug 27, 2009
    9
    With each album the monkeys have taken a few steps in new directions, Humbug see's them go for a darker more menacing sound. stay with With each album the monkeys have taken a few steps in new directions, Humbug see's them go for a darker more menacing sound. stay with this album and you will richly rewarded. Expand
  5. Yura
    Sep 9, 2009
    9
    Awesome darkness. Pure rock.
  6. RickZ
    Sep 17, 2009
    8
    It takes a few listens to let it grow on you, but it sure does pay off. It is a nice thing to see the band really mature. All three albums It takes a few listens to let it grow on you, but it sure does pay off. It is a nice thing to see the band really mature. All three albums were in a different style and I really like the direction they're heading right now. Give it a chance. Love it. 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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