ARTIST: Arctic Monkeys
TITLE: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
YEAR RELEASED: 2006
CHART ACTION: US #24, UK #1
SINGLES: I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor (#118 US, #1 UK), When the Sun Goes Down (#1 UK), Fake Tales of San Francisco
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you were in the UK in 2006, you know it all.
LINEUP: Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Andy Nicholson, Matt Helpers
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: An honest to God UK sensation makes a debut album that lives up to the hype. It’s a fun record about night clubs, hookups and other hedonistic delights.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I am always wary, now, about the next big thing from Britain. I’ll also admit that I was a bit underwhelmed (as compared to the hype) when I first heard this album. I thought it was good, not great. Now, after hearing it all the way through I am sold on it. Sure, a decade too late, but hey, it takes a while to come around.
It rolls out with “The View from the Afternoon”, a great album starter and a great signal that this will be full of energy (and unabashed accents), and it doesn’t really stop.
Just looking at the awards for this album is stunning. #19 best album of all time according to the NME. #30 on the best debuts album of all time in Rolling Stone. It’s pretty darn good!
NOTES & MINUTAE: My fave Arctic Monkeys track (“Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts”) didn’t make the album, though! It was on the EP for “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor.”
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Not that I saw, which is a shame because they have a lot of stray tracks here and there.
GRADE: A- : I’m a little more reserved on my judgement than the NME or Rolling Stone, but heck, you should get this.