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Featured artist: Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkeys have enjoyed a meteoric rise from scrappy northern indie-rockers to strutting stadium fillers, unafraid to evolve their sound on their own terms.
Starting out, the Sheffield lads avoided big money offers to sign up with independent label Domino and within a year had two number one singles. This was followed by Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not – which at the time was the fastest ever selling debut album in the UK.
Their sophomore release, Favourite Worst Nightmare, added a bit more polish and production value to their sound, while 2009’s Humbug drew out a darker underbelly. Suck It and See and AM saw the band continue to evolve, with the latter helping them break into the American market. They obviously did something right, as every one of these albums went to number one.
There aren’t many bands that achieve this level of commercial success while retaining critical widespread acclaim, but it’s a balancing act The Arctic Monkeys have managed to maintain with style.
Their 2018 album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino – the first in 5 years – marked a controversial musical change of direction that shocked many fans. However, one look back through their discography reveals their refusal to settle on a style was always going to take them beyond their indie rock roots.