‘Sci-fi Spandau Ballet”: The best fan reactions to Arctic Monkeys’ new album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’

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Arctic Monkeys‘ new album is finally out, and it’s safe to say that it has polarised listeners so far.

In a four-star reviewNME said that ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ “will reward deep-diving listeners – in particular, those with an interest in picking apart Turner’s densest and most self-aware lyrics to date.”


With no singles or tracks shared prior to the album’s release, fans have been taking to social media to give their verdict upon their first listens. Did they agree with NME? Some did, others not so much…

One fan called the album “perfection” on Twitter, describing it as a “calm, sexy, red wine with a cigarette kind of album” suited for those that have been with the band from the start because, well, we’re all old now.

Another fan rejoiced at the band “trolling the idiots who want another ‘AM’ or a repeat of 2006”. “It’s musical brilliance,” Rich argued. “If you don’t appreciate it then I feel sorry for you!”

One fan liked the record so much he actually wanted Turner to open that taco stand on the moon:


Alex Turner and co have also found an unlikely fan in Pointless‘ Richard Osman, who tweeted that ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ was “a very pleasant surprise” and that it was “great that they’re not just treading water”.

Alex Turner is “such a wonderful writer”, meaning that perhaps we can expect the band as an answer on Pointless soon.

Others were hoping the stripped-back LP was all just a “sick joke”:


It reminded some of this scene from The Inbetweeners:

And of Peep Show:

People were already petitioning for a guitar-heavy album:

The lyrics reminded some of a Trip Advisor review:

One tweet called it “Sci-Fi Spandau Ballet”:

The ‘former’ rock band’s Wikipedia page has even been changed by a disgruntled listener:

Elsewhere, there were people complaining about people complaining:

And people complaining about people complaining about people complaining:

One Twitter user envisioned an alternate universe where all the criticism actually mattered:

Meanwhile, there were comparisons made to Kanye’s recent antics:

Turner’s lyrics have been widely praised, but the Arctics’ new sound? Well, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea…

Here’s an, er, interesting take on the new record from Wolf Alice‘s Theo:

Here’s one rather more concise analysis.


But, really, it’s all about the Ultracheese.


One reaction proved, however, that Turner is still very much idolised by many of his and the band’s fans.

Read NME‘s Big Read interview with the band here.

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

Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys have announced details of a one-off mini film festival, which will take place at the Sydney branch of their ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ pop-up shops. Showing over two days will be the likes of Le Cercle RougeThe Last Waltz, and Inherent Vice.