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Ah, relief! Arctic Monkeys may be youngsters on the rock scene, but they have proven they are more than over-hyped kids with guitars by resisting the urge to experiment for experimentationâ€šÃ„Ã´s sake on Favourite Worst Nightmare. In fact, the best and most unexpected thing about the album is the bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s unshakeable confidence.Every song is delivered with new strength and clarity, showing Arctic Monkeys have not been broken by any backlash after the record-busting popularity of their first studio album. Whatâ€šÃ„Ã´s more, everyoneâ€šÃ„Ã´s favourite Monkeys have been bold enough to solidify their sound.
While patches of hyper-rhythmic riffing made Whatever You Say I Am, Thatâ€šÃ„Ã´s What Iâ€šÃ„Ã´m Not stand out, it dominates Worst Nightmare to the extent that the album may well have been titled Surfer Funk for Videogame Car Chases. That style has become almost a parody of its chugging self, but it is also the most interesting perversion of classic surf rock since The Pixies.
The fleshed-out sound also shows why the band fit so well into our sports-video-game-and-car-chase-drenched pop culture. In fact, the Monkeys are really pop culture naturals: They adeptly slip familiar references into their songs (and turn them on their head when necessary). The Monkeys winkingly reproduce Duran Duran lyrics in â€šÃ„ÃºTeddy Picker,â€šÃ„Ã¹ name-check Dorothy of Oz in â€šÃ„ÃºOld Yellow Bricks,â€šÃ„Ã¹ and name-call the tabloids in â€šÃ„ÃºIf You Were There, Beware.â€šÃ„Ã¹ For this reason, Arctic Monkeys remain relatable and appealing even if Worst Nightmare has a darker, moâ€šÃ„Ã´ money moâ€šÃ„Ã´ problems shade to it.
Listeners should be pleased by this rip-roaring album from rockâ€šÃ„Ã´s littlest big shots. These underdogs who got famous off of plucky but unpolished recordings have officially turned pro.