6. Suck It And See
Suck It And See is by no means a bad album, but it shows an uncharacteristic lack of direction for Arctic Monkeys. Many fans were relieved to see tracks like The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala coming through with traditional song structures, catchy hooks and (despite the title) more accessible lyrics than the predecessor Humbug. But it wasn’t quite as simple as that.
Suck It And See sounds like it’s trapped between the smoke and mirrors of Humbug and the immediacy of Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not, trying to blend each ethos together with mixed results. Tracks like All My Own Stunts are still steeped in Humbug DNA whilst singles like Black Treacle and Suck It And See are Humbug’s antithesis, jangly Brit-pop infused summer anthems.
New ground is broken on Love Is A Laserquest as Turner turns the melancholic-lover dial up to 11, Library Pictures also pushes the envelope, a self confessed “nonsense poem” that reads like a fever dream from the Humbug writing sessions. It’s an interesting stopgap in the band's career, but as a whole the album amounts to a musical fork-in-the-road.