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Arctic Monkeys: Ranking The Albums

5. Suck It And See (2011)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7tiGZqfmvA Many fans (those with no ears, perhaps?) welcomed €˜Suck it and See€™ as the band€™s return to form after the €˜crushing disappointment€™ of €˜Humbug€™. Wrong. Whilst this album is far from being bad per se, it€™s the Arctics€™ back catalogue€™s equivalent of Ringo Starr; tight and valuable but the ultimate weak link where greater musical genius abounds elsewhere. It wasn€™t just the fans, however, that placed their hopes of the Arctics€™ salvation at the feet of €˜Suck it and See€™. The critics who simply didn€™t get the sensual brilliance of its difficult predecessor also pined for a reversion to a more basic sound and less puzzling lyrics. In actuality, what we got was a kind of €˜Humbug€™-lite. The music retained the kaleidoscopic, psychedelic quality of the band€™s third album but sanded down its menacing edge with a melodic aesthetic and a sun-kissed, desert-rock vibe influenced by their continued relationship with Josh Homme. Whilst its bashful romantic lyrical content is a rejection of Turner€™s former dalliance with highly-sexualised, innuendo-imbued musings, the darkness and slightly impenetrable nature of €˜Humbug€™ occasionally lunges back into view, with the eloquent front man picking his phrases and words more for their euphonic quality than any profound sort of meaning. After all, just what IS a €˜telescopic hallelujah€™? Populated by gorgeous, lilting numbers in the form of €˜Black Treacle€™ and €˜Reckless Serenade€™, it€™s easy to place €˜Suck it and See€™ as the mellow middle ground between the obsessive, obscure sexuality of €˜Humbug€™ and the obsessive, blatant sexuality of €˜AM€™, a sort of ante-chamber in which the group experimented with, but never fulfilled, the unchained caterwauling so prevalent on the latter. A beautiful record brimming with mature, sensitive song-writing and possessing a rock-n-roll clout, and one that only occupies last place due to the sheer quality of its fellow long-players. Best Tracks: €˜Reckless Serenade€™, €˜The Hellcat Spangled Shalala€™, €˜Black Treacle€™
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