We’ve hit the Noughties, so who else but Arctic Monkeys
This week, we look at their 2nd album, ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’
A year after their highly successful debut album, ‘Whatever People Say…’ Arctic Monkeys got back in the studio, and recorded their first number 1 album. Despite the album selling around 100,000 copies less then their debut, this album went straight in at number 1 in the UK charts, and managed to sell 85,000 copies in it’s first day. This resulted in the album outselling the rest of the top 20 combined. Not only was this their first number 1 album, it was also their first with their more notable bassist, Nick O’Malley.
This album is arguably Arctic Monkeys best work to date, and includes some of their best material. From ‘Brianstorm’, to ‘Teddy Picker’ and ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ to name a few stand out songs from the album, with ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ probably being the most notable song from the album. It isn’t just these three songs that make this album so great though, as there isn’t a bad song on the album, and some of my personal favourites feature on this album. The album is mainly fast and loud, but it slows down for a personal favourite, ‘Only Ones Who Know’. This song just draws you in from the first strum of that distinct guitar sound, that a few early Arctic Monkeys songs had. It’s the sheer simplicity of the whole song, it’s 3 minutes of beautiful songwriting, accompanied by an even nicer tremolo drenched guitar.
This album isn’t one of those albums that you just forget about because you’ve listened to it too much. No matter how much you stick this album on, you can always come back to it. The riffs, the lyrics, and the tricky, tidy drums, all paired with the wonderful songwriting abilities of the band resulted in an album that will last forever. It’s one of those albums that will be passed down from generation to generation, along with a few other Monkeys albums. This is when Alex, Matt, Nick and Jamie were at their best, even though it was their first time as that four piece.