ARC­TIC MON­KEYS ‘FOUR OUT OF FIVE’

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TAKE CRITICS’ CHOICE -

Hats off to Sh­effield’s finest, who could have eas­ily re­leased an­other mil­lion-selling rock al­bum. In­stead, Tran­quil­ity Base Ho­tel & Casino imag­ines a lux­ury re­sort on the moon in which Alex Turner is the host. It’s a strange and ed­i­fy­ing al­bum that takes its cue from 1970s sci-fi and Len­non-es­que lounge psychedeli­a. Four Out Of Five en­cap­su­lates the al­bum’s stargaz­ing mood with lyrics about a gen­tri­fied moon – “I put a taque­ria on the roof, it was well re­viewed / four stars out of five / And that’s un­heard of.” Quite. NIALL BYRNE

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