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AMThe British have a habit of crowning a few too many acts as rock's Next Big Thing, but sometimes they get it right. Back in 2006, the 21-and-under lads of...AMRockThe British have a habit of crowning a few too many acts as rock's Next Big Thing, but sometimes they get it right. Back in 2006, the 21-and-under lads of...2013-09-06
NO MORE MONKEYING AROUND On their fifth album, the Arctic Monkeys are all grown up

NO MORE MONKEYING AROUND On their fifth album, the Arctic Monkeys are all grown up (Zackery Michael)

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Genre: Rock; Status: In Season; Music Label: Domino

The British have a habit of crowning a few too many acts as rock’s Next Big Thing, but sometimes they get it right. Back in 2006, the 21-and-under lads of Arctic Monkeys were the top Brit It band; now the hype belongs to young upstarts the 1975.

The Monkeys sound like they’re fine with that. Five albums in, they may not be a buzz band anymore, but they’ve become something much more interesting: a good band. The dance-floor-ready post-punk of their early days has matured into a meatier, more assured sound — the kind that attracted Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, who’s worked with them since 2008. He helps out here, but he doesn’t have to; led by Alex Turner’s cocksure vocals, AM mixes Velvet Underground melodies, Black Sabbath riffs, and playful grooves, and has fun doing it.

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Originally posted September 6 2013 — 12:00 AM EDT

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