5. Favourite Worst Nightmare
It seems criminal to put an album with Brianstorm and Fluorescent Adolescent this far down the list but, Arctic Monkeys don’t make bad albums. Favourite Worst Nightmare came out swinging for the fences, unabashed and far from intimidated by the success of its predecessor.
Arctics made their return with lead single Brianstorm, Matt Helders managing to innovate once again on drums, conjuring a rolling thunder of toms that pummels the listener while frenzied guitars from Alex and Jamie jab with acute accuracy. Turner maintains his lyrical flair throughout the majority of the album, as Teddy Picker, Fluorescent Adolescent, 505 and many more all deliver classic lines that have stood the test of time. The album falters with tracks like Balaclava and D Is For Dangerous which don’t hit the same heights lyrically or musically and contribute to making it feel dated.
Unfortunately, Favourite Worst Nightmare has too many of these moments. The depth on display in tracks like 505 and Do Me A Favour is sold short by the likes of The Bad Thing, a track that was fine at the time but will stay in that era, arguably where it belongs.