Music Review: Arctic Monkeys (AM)

Alissa Luangrath, Staff Reporter

With a 4.5 star rating on iTunes, Arctic Monkeys’ fifth album released Sept. 9, 2013 with more awesome songs.

Although it may seem outdated, the AM album is still very popular and highly listened to by teenagers. Junior Jocelyn Amaya stated, “Their vocals are A1 and their voices are like little angels singing to me.”

The album has slow rock, hardcore rock and just regular rock. “No. 1 Party Anthem,” “Mad Sounds” and “I Wanna Be Yours” are the slowest songs. “R U Mine?” and “Arabella” give that rock vibe because of the fast beat and exaggerated use of guitar. The rest of the songs focus more on the lyrics rather than the beat, but they aren’t slow either.

My favorite song at the moment is “Knee Socks” because of how catchy it is. The song is about a winter love that didn’t work out for some reason. The girl in the song would always wear knee socks, and that’s the image that comes into the guy’s mind when he thinks about her.

The most popular songs on iTunes are “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? and “Do I Wanna Know?” because of the fast pace and simple, lyrics. “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” is about and on and off relationship between a guy who only calls a girl when he’s high, which makes her feel less important. “Do I Wanna Know?” is about a guy who treated this girl poorly at first, but he caught feelings for her and doesn’t know if he wants her.

I find that this album is a more relaxing indie rock compared to their previous albums. The first song I heard from them was “Fluorescent Adolescent,” which was a heavier rock than most of their music today. However, I recommend that children under 12 years of age should not listen to this album because of the inappropriate lyrics about sex, love and drugs.