As one of those groups who represent very different things to a variety of different people, Suck It And See seems like an appropriate title for the new Arctic Monkeys record. The album isn’t due out until next week, but the band are streaming it in full over at their website now – or you can listen to it using the player below, if that takes your fancy. You can rest assured that it’s well worth your time to do so – but then again I’m one of those people who thinks they can’t put a foot wrong, so I would say that.
You could look at this record as an attempt to re-capture the casual fans that were probably left a bit baffled by Humbug. But while it’s true that Suck It And See has a poppier feel to it, their previous album has clearly still been an influence – the dirty riffs on ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ and ‘Library Pictures’ are enough evidence of that. Turner’s lyricism, while a little less wilfully obtuse, is also as playful as ever – I could fill a page with cherry-picked lines from the record, but here’s just one that made me laugh “You’re rarer than a can of Dandelion And Burdock/and those other girls are just post-mix lemonade.”
…you can tell I’ve worked behind a bar for too long.
Suck It And See is released on Domino Recordings on the 6th June.