Debut album from Los Angeles' neé Sheffield's finest from back when they were four scrappy kids with big fringes, before the smart shirts and slicked back hair. Even now the young Alex Turner's lyrics are genuinely impressive in how vivid a vision of the People's Republic of South Yorkshire they can create.
10/10 Finlay Customer review, 10th May 2015
This album is one that I have been listening to for years now and one that I shall carry on listening to for many more years to come. It is the perfect soundtrack for my years of pissing about as a teenage boy, it is not only an influential album to me for its popular fast paced lyrical tales of failed teenage romances but also because of the fact that they hit big whilst still in their teens and what almost seemed like becoming online superstars overnight.
'Whatever People Say I Am...' is in my opinion is this generations 'Nevermind', as it seems to nearly click with every young person in the country and immediately after the first listen makes you want to start a band, as it did with me. They have cemented their Sheffield take on the indie influenced sound of New Yorks The Strokes into the millennium incredibly successfully. Arctic Monkeys seem to be changing their sound with every album, this works incredibly well for them since every new album is bringing in another platoon of loyal fans and are forever attracting mainstream attention, especially with 2013's hit 'album of the year', 'AM'.
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