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'Humbug' was the third album from Sheffield mainstays Arctic Monkeys and the first recorded with producer Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age). it showcases a more widescreen sound from the band inspired by the desert studio in which it was recorded. It is still full to the brim though, of Alex Turner's lyrical dexterity and the band's catchy melodies, particularly on 'Cornerstone' which would become one of their classic pieces of northern English storytelling.  

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Humbug by Arctic Monkeys
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8/10 Brett 20 August 2009
Hey it's Arctic Monkeys. Can't see these guys catching on with their uneasy alliance of very obviously British lyrical obsessions and highly polished modern US rock sounds. Josh Homme had a big hand in the production and it's not hard to tell that they're massive fans since the singer dude spends half the album doing his best vocal impression and the guitarist dude is constantly wonking up his solos is a total QOTSA style.. It seems obvious they view Homme's stuff as some sort of model for what they'd like to become since there's a clear attempt here to mature into a Proper Grown Up band with more mysterious, seductively 'adult' themes but whether it actually works for them or not is pretty debatable. I always thought they were pretty good at what they did but after a decent start on Humbug it all gets a bit flat and forgettable to be quite honest.. Along with the opening track, 'Crying Lightning' is the standout so if you weren't into that you're shit out of luck.



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