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Interesting article here about the Last Shadow Puppets’ latest offering.
I’ve chatted about their new album before and it’s creating quite a scene. I mean, as much as any one record can nowadays. It went straight to number one in the UK charts, although again this is kind of meaningless for many readers of this blog. The chart toppers come and go, often without any impact whatsoever on my music life, despite what reviewers say. It’s only when an artist has overwhelming, sustained success and they end up everywhere else (talkshows, TV, on massive posters, in the news, etc) that I actually pay any attention to them and even then I mostly do it just to see what all the fuss is about. And this usually turns out to be nothing by the way).
However, an interesting point made in this article by Halle Weber is that a number of factors, including bands like the Last Shadow Puppets, are drawing fans back to guitar-based rock ‘n’ roll.
I’m not sure how true this is, but I do know that my girlfriend, a notorious Beyonce and pop fan, also tends to be quite keen on this album. Perhaps there will be more guitar music around for a while.
I know most of you guys are probably looking for a bit soul, but you might end up disappointed!
Below is one of the good tracks from the album, along with its video which I've only just watched for the first time. It's pretty zany, but it does remind me of one of those Style Council videos where everything is a bit camp and tongue-in-cheek.
Now I realise not all Arctic Monkeys fans are Mods and by no means are all Mods Arctic Monkeys fans.
However, I am both and this is my blog.
There were rumours flying around that they would be back in the studio by the end of the year working on album number 6. While these rumours were clearly generated by people getting overexcited, the press office didn’t confirm or deny them. Also, Alex Turner said that there were “not yet” plans for the sixth album.
I interpret this as code for "there will probably be a sixth album, but when I can be bothered."
This is understandable. Turner himself only just completed Everything You’ve Come To Expect in April with his other band The Last Shadow Puppets for fuck’s sake.
As the engine room of the band (at least in terms of songwriting) Turner is the key element to any new Arctic Monkeys album and, although he’s prolific with his songwriting, he’s not that prolific. I vote we give him a break for now, be patient and just refresh our memories with some of his best from before. There’s more than enough to be going on with!
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