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Standing tall onstage at the Roundhouse, Alex Turner pauses during second track ‘Brianstorm’, clasps his hand to his ear and bellows: “We are Arctic Monkeys from High Green, Sheffield.” The…

Arctic Monkeys’ fifth record is absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of their career. It might also be the greatest record of the last decade. It’s not, however, the…

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Alex Turner ain’t in the mood for romance in this gnarled ode to night-time nookie. “My heart was breaking and got left unlocked/Didn’t see you sneak in but I’m glad…

Ignore the Prince-like nature of the title spelling, ‘R U Mine’ is a riff-tastic, 70’s indebted monster. With its mountainous Free-like fret work, harmony vocals from Turner and Helders and…

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On a small patch of grass that sits right between the more convenient, ready-to-go settings of Don Valley Stadium and the Motorpoint Arena (both of which would have sold out…

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For an album that goes out of its way to promise nothing, ‘Suck It And See’ sure is burdened by expectation. Arctic Monkeys made their 10-out-of-10, fuck-you-we’re-the-future debut at just…

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1. Arctic Monkeys – ‘Reckless Serenade’ If ‘Brick By Brick’ and ‘Don’t Sit Down ’Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ suggested that Alex Turner had invested in a set of 10-foot-high…

1. Arctic Monkeys – ‘Don’t Sit Down ’Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ The Monkeys’ Record Store Day single, and another taster for ‘Suck It And See’, ‘Don’t Sit Down ’Cause…

Of all weapons in the music hack’s dubious arsenal, the Acme missile marked ‘Failure To Rock’ is perhaps most tedious of all. Call it the ‘Kid A’ effect, if you…

You do wonder whether, in their treehouse, the [a]Arctic Monkeys[/a] haven’t got a copy of the lyrics to ‘Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?’ pasted to the wall, with the…

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If there’s one thing that Arctic Monkeys have always done, it’s strive to distance themselves from other people’s perceptions. But their contrary nature now seems to have become a fully-fledged…

“Hello everyone,” begins the small, dark figure onstage, looking wryly out from under his eyebrows. “This is our first gig for about a year, so you might have to bear…

Oh, that the Arctic Monkeys’ initial, awkward selves could see themselves now. A band as resolutely anti-fashionista as they were wildly brilliant, the prospect of Alex Turner exchanging in-jokes with…

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Sometimes it’s hard to tell who the real Alex Turner is. Is he a rock star or is he a poet? Sure, he’s got the shabby sportswear, tousled haircut and…

He hits you like a Brylcreemed cyclone. Smooth-talking his way past security with a flash of his tungsten bright smile he spins into your Tokyo dressing room, all convoluted handshakes,…

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Having seen their debuts define their time, Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Strokes didn’t only have the pressure of coming up with second albums, they also had to pick…