Submarine was the debut film from actor and director Richard Ayoade. The coming of age drama was a perfect vehicle for a soundtrack by Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner. Showcasing a more mature and reflective side to his songwriting, these six mostly acoustic offerings point the way towards his future work as part of the Last Shadow Puppets. As always lyrically dextrous, this is an overlooked but essential part of his back catalogue.
Vinyl 10" £14.42 RUG398T
Arctic Monkey's lad 6-track mini-album LP on Domino.
CD £4.99 RUG398CD
Arctic Monkey's lad 6-track mini-album CD on Domino.
Well, there's a girl very close to my heart who's a bit in love with Richard Ayoade (amongst numerous other wise-cracking contemporary comedians) and she informed me he was making a film. It's one of those coming-of-age comedy drama things but I reckon it'll be proper sound. Especially with these dinky songs forming a dreamy soundtrack of sorts. It's that lad from T' Monkeys doing a solo acoustic take on gentle psychedelic pop & it's quite lovely from start to finish. On the more reflective earlier tracks he once more indulges in the sort of hallowed retro whimsy that Uncle Richard Hawley has made his own in recent times. His ability to breathe life into well-worn singer-songwriter modes is unparalleled here and the last two tracks with more of a full band feel are proper timeless, wistful nuggets that should make the film's producers feel even more proud. It's probably one for fans of Badly Drawn Boy et al, but the boy Turner effortlessly reveals a distinctive knack for a winning tune and he gives it his all here, showcasing exactly why he's one of the UK's finest song-writing marvels!
10/10 Alice 24th April 2016
Submarine. Beautifully emotional, thought provoking and special. A little different from the classic Arctic Monkeys vibe, and as if Alex Turner's writing and haunting voice weren't enough, the album perfectly reflects the style of the film. Although it is classed a 'comedy', the more soulful sides of the characters are bottled up into this miniature album. A true love story is revealed.
Even before watching the film, the songs in the album got to me, especially 'Piledriver Waltz', and the iconic lyrics 'you look like you've been for breakfast at the heartbreak hotel' just summarise this review.
10/10 Alex 9th September 2014
I bought this as a gift for a friend and she absolutely loved it! I bought another copy for myself and cannot stop listening to it, it is beautiful. It has feeling and intelligence and it provokes thought. I very highly recommend this album whether you've seen the film or not. One of the best albums I've bought.
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