Zachary Cole Smith has overcome a multitude of problems to make this intensely powerful album
Arctic Monkeys - 'R U Mine'
One-off single that's a brilliant slice of 'Humbug'-style riff-ery
The riff in the chorus feels instantly knowable, as if its just waiting to get man-handled by a million spotty kids in instruments shops, huddling over their first electric guitars and trying to find the right power chords, failing manfully and just plumping for a bad rendition of ‘Smoke On The Water’ instead.
Alex’s vocal delivery is full of machismo - it feels like he’s become his 50’s rocker look and is singing with the appropriate level of vim, spit and vigor. Still, the biggest surprise might be Helders’ falsetto-vocal break down in the bridge which turns up the white boy funk, recalling another Desert Session acolyte: Jesse Hughes. ‘R U Mine’ sounds like a band in love with the sonic possibilities of their guitars again. And it plays like the best sort of dumb fun you can have.
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