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Brianstorm by Arctic Monkeys

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Reviewed on 4th April 2007.



By Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys. Critics were bracing themselves and rolling out their clichés amidst the furore that surrounded the return of the new line-up of the Sheffield quartet to secure their place on the bandwagon. I know as well as the next person that what follows matters and believe me, I'm concentrating purely on the music and not on the media maelstrom that surrounds the notoriously media-shy Monkeys.

All four members musically unite, heralding their return to the scene as men making music. The introduction of "Brianstorm" has a more mature edge to it and anyone can hear that there's clearly been a radical rethink of the Arctic Monkeys' sound. However, although the band are different they are also essentially the same as the proof is still in Alex Turner's lyrics. So Turner didn't go away and decide to write lovelorn ballads to made-up women as here he viciously attacks a philandering persona in his signature articulate style. Nick O'Malley's bass adds so much to the track as he asserts his rightful place in the band. I could go on about how great this release is, but that would be superfluous and take away the track's merit. Quite simply, the single reminds us why Arctic Monkeys are a band who belie their barely twenty years without churning out the same old shit, once again setting the standard for indie music today.



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