Alex Turner compares ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ to Arctic Monkeys’ debut album

"I’m tempted to say that it’s something to do with how blunt it is"

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has said that his band’s new album reminds him of their debut in terms of its lyrics.

The band’s new record ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ is out today (May 11). In a four-star review, NME‘s Thomas Smith said the record “will reward deep-diving listeners – in particular, those with an interest in picking apart Turner’s densest and most self-aware lyrics to date.”

Speaking to NME for this week’s Big Read interview, Turner made comparisons between the rather frank lyrics on the new album and those from 2006 debut ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’.


Asked whether he thinks the record is lyrically the closest thing he’s ever written to the band’s first, Turner replied: “Absolutely I do, absolutely. I can’t put my finger on exactly why I think that, but I have been saying it a lot recently.”

“It’s set in a completely different place, obviously, but there’s something in the lyrics that reminds me of something in that writing,” Turner argued.

“I’m tempted to say that it’s something to do with how blunt it is. I think that was something I was trying to get away from, and perhaps I’ve returned to it now.”

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Elsewhere in the NME interview, Turner spoke about how he had “no choice” in writing Arctic Monkeys’ new album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ as a very distant evolution from successful predecessor ‘AM’.

Saying that the “chance” to make an ‘AM’-like record was “long gone”, Turner added: “It would have had to happen in 2013 or whenever it was”.


Arctic Monkeys appeared on US TV last night, performing ‘Four out of Five’ on Fallon.

The band return to tour the UK and Ireland later this year. For tickets and more information, visit here.