By Ian Currie
The hellishly difficult to nail fourth studio album by the Arctic Monkeys, bluntly titled ‘Suck it and See’ does more than move away from its delightfully dense predecessor, ‘Humbug’, it departs on a whirlwind of chaos to a whole new level for the British indie-Rock Quartet. It’s bolder, better, funnier and you will absolutely love it.‘Suck it and See’ is not a rollover remake of ‘Whatever You Say I am is What I’m Not’, the bands explosive first album. As the lonesome flag-bearer for British Alternative music, this is an album you can take to war with you. With wailing guitar solos, frantic and insistent drumbeats and a twist of irony in Alex Turner’s honey voice, ‘Suck it and See’ is the Arctic Monkey?s demonstration of something simple: there will always be something for us to sing, play and laugh about. The Arctic Monkeys are a band that draws its inspiration from life. From recreational marijuana use to the most ridiculous dangerous activities one could embark on, from the brilliance of life in scattered moments to the utter helplessness found in co-dependency, this latest Arctic Monkeys offering has it all.
Riffs immaculately conceived layer over each other and drift you off into the world created by the fantastic lyrical play, with words dipped in metaphor and a chuckle at British cynicism. This album appeals to the place in our twisted bodies where imagination and love meet.The album is largely recorded live, and the quartet have never been tighter, displaying dexterity as musicians with speed and melody, whilst never ceasing to enjoy what they’re making. They create a world that is blissful, but real, a perfect world stained with melancholy for simpler times.
Starting with frontman Alex Turner’s favourite track of the album, ‘Reckless Serenade’‘, a bombastic ‘love song’ that pulsates with energy and leaves you gasping for more of the wonderful voice and chaotic tumble of words that Arctic Monkeys never fail to throw into their albums. ‘Love is a laserquest’ is a quiet and reflective love song, asking many questions of the girl that left him behind – closely thematically linked with hit move ‘500 days of Summer’.‘Don’t sit down because I moved your chair’ sounds like a hypnotic circus theme track before exploding to life with a screaming guitar and a pounding bass drum. Alex Turner switches between whispering tempter and day-dreaming soprano. The song urges you to take a risk, and bathe in the adrenaline rush that accompanies it. The band has never been better, and are back to making the raw and desperate indie rock that made them a worldwide sensation half a decade ago.