Arc­tic Mon­keys

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A Sh­effield Jazz Od­dity

The news that this was nearly re­leased as an Alex Turner solo al­bum isn’t sur­pris­ing af­ter hear­ing it. This is sci-fi lounge mu­sic built around Turner’s know­ing but dis­lo­cated train of thought to feel light years away from even its pre­de­ces­sor AM, let alone the band’s mod­ern clas­sic de­but. The brav­ery of that is al­most ad­mirable, the left-turn from tra­di­tional gui­tar-driven hooks could be the big­gest blind­side for many. The 70s sound­scapes and falsetto har­monies bed in more on re­peated lis­tens to feel less laboured, though Matt Helders’ funky grooves (one of the al­bum’s re­deem­ing pos­i­tives) are of­ten tied to tem­pos that blur. FourOutOfFive emerges as the only pop star in this gal­axy. (DH) Down­load: ‘FourOutOfFive’ Goto: www.arc­tic­mon­keys.com

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