I haven’t taken time to listen through “Humbug” (2009) and “Suck It and See” (2011), the third and fourth albums from Arctic Monkeys, but their first 2 records are a big deal to me.  Now I was hooked right off the bat upon hearing “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (2006), this was before electronic music latched onto me, and I was lovin’ on The Strokes, Bloc Party, Coldplay and Interpol. Once Arctic Monkeys dropped that first record they instantly blew up; the album became the fastest selling debut album in UK chart history. I mention charts sometimes, which can be interesting in their own way, but the album speaks for itself. You can hear the entire record above.


Sophomore albums can be difficult to nail, but similar to Bloc Party, the Arctic Monkeys returned with an evolved sound on “Favourite Worst Nightmare” (2008). Favorites include “Do Me A Favour”, “Old Yellow Bricks”, “Fluorescent Adolescent” and of the massive “Brianstorm”. The full album is posted here as well.

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– Jimi Jaxon