Released: January 2006

You might have expected us to go with 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' – but no, NME critics en masse plumped for the subtler charms of 'A Certain Romance', the closing track on Arctic Monkeys' debut album. It's a strangely even-handed song, in which Alex Turner starts out scorning local townies – the "kids who like to scrap with pool cues in their hands" - then appears to absolve them at the end of the song: "What can I say, I've known 'em for a long long time…" That he can display sympathy as well as mockery is testament to the singer's unique lyrical gift.

 
 

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