Killer bass line and killer song.
Killer bass line and killer song.
Now we’ve come to the Arctic Monkeys.
These kids are just cool. Cool oozes from whatever they do which annoys me somewhat sometimes. Wish I was Alex…
Fans had a bit of a tantrum when The Arctic Monkeys decided to go in a direction that departed from their originally high energy, highly spirited style that saw their first two albums, “Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not” and “Favourite worst nightmare” become nice money makers for the lads.
It was the introduction of “Humbug” and “Suck it and see” that saw a more reflective and more thoughtful side of The Arctic Monkeys that the fans started to moan against. Why you bunch of ingrates…
A more thoughtful and subtle approach saw…well..a more thoughtful and subtle sound from the boys and the lyrics became more edgier, sharper and sometimes philosophical.
The song, “suck it and see” is a nice little oddball love song that draws analogies about love that is fair to say, not so common and not thought of often.
“Your love is like a studded leather head-lock,
Your kisses could put creases in the road”
But it is this dissonance within the lyrics that give The Arctic Monkeys’ latest album, a witty and lovable charm just like them witty and lovable lads from Sheffield.
One last hit of the puppets.
A bittersweet love song that tells the torment and introverted tragedies of a couple.
It’s minimal in nature and has a haunting quality about it all like all the other songs on this album.
But it sure is despairingly beautiful.
This one’s got more of a sense of urgency that maybe Alex borrowed from the Monkeys, the arctic kind that is.
“Save me from the secateurs”…secateurs is quite a fancy word isn’t it? I had trouble with this and found out it was the tool which you use to clip and trim hedges.
So the lyrics baffled me a bit…maybe your good self could make more sense of it than I ever could.
Consisting of Alex Turner (The Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kane (The Rascals) and arrangements and orchestrations by Owen Pallett with performances by the London Metropolitan Orchestra, this is a symphonic and classic cinematic sophistication.
Elaborate and powerful lyrics from Kane and Turner accompanied by twangy, reverb-drenched spaghetti western guitars whilst laid upon a sweeping orchestral backdrop, this is something else.
Highly under-rated here in Australia and in the U.S.
Deserves much more praise and attention.
The Last Shadow Puppets + Jack White live at Glastonbury 2008
Jack joins The Last Shadow Puppets on stage (Miles Kane, Alex Turner).
Well…it’s been 5 years…Jack? Alex? Nothing to report have we?
*Note* start at 4:40 if you’re impatient or busy.
I love drawing connections and you may be wondering, why the Arctic Monkeys all of a sudden?
Don’t worry folks, it’s all part of a big scheme and it’s all under control.
“Fire and the Thud” has certain connections to our main man mentioned before, Jack White. Nothing too special but “Humbug” was produced by none other than our cameo boy, Josh Homme and also had the backing of the talents of The Dead Weather front lady, Alison Mosshart.
Who’s to say that a collaboration between Jack and Alex Turner won’t happen? Personally, I’m floundering in a pool of my creamy drool just thinking about it.
So now we come to a point where Jack is going full roar as Jack White and here we have Freedom at 21 which I find a great socially satirical song but with a questionable music video to go with it. Interestingly enough, it had the cameo of Queens of the Stone Age lead man Josh Homme as a trooper.
Ho ho ho, you fools for pissing off Jack White…now look what happened.
He brings out an album so angry at all of you and us…and boy it sounds good.
Lonnie Johnson, a legend of the old blues genre, also has a song named Blue Blood blues but The Dead Weather’s version bears no resemblance to it so don’t get your hopes up.
Again, it’s just brutal. It is unforgiving in every way and has no hesitancy to rake your face off with venom filled words and unrestrained guitars, drums, vocals and organs/synths.
Remember, if you make Jack angry this is what happens. I repeat, if you MAKE Jack ANGRY, THIS is what HAPPENS.
Well folks, that is the end of intermission.
Ok so where were we…
We’ve established that Jack was and still is a busy a man and lo and behold yet another project but this time, Jack’s on the drums…Jack in the background? That can’t be right…
No worries my friend because in every project he is pretty much the centre of attention so the other members of The Dead Weather just stands and plays around his drum kit. Not even Alison Mosshart can hide Jack’s presence. Little Jack from the Greenhornes is in there and so is the guy from Queens of the Stone Age…who would’ve thought eh?
I don’t like giving you folks the stuff you’ve been given before but this number in this album is too much of a stand out for me. Raw power and its most brutal. This song just does not care about you…really it doesn’t.