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Press views: Arctic Monkeys album
The Arctic Monkeys release their hotly anticipated second album, Favourite Worst Nightmare, in the UK on Monday - and it is a triumphant return, according to music critics.


Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner
The band had the fastest-selling debut album in UK chart history
This is a shockingly good release that just gets better, faster and stronger with each listen. Musically, it's a revelation.

While the previous album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, fell back on tired indie rock arrangements and cliche, this time around there's a confidence and sense of innovation that makes each track a stunning surprise.

THE TIMES Pete Paphides

At times - the current single Brianstorm being one of them - you find yourself wondering how they managed to make an album that eschews conventional song structure quite so melodic.

By keeping their nerve, Arctic Monkeys have coasted their way through what should have been the most difficult transition of their collective life. Favourite Worst Nightmare isn't a verse-chorus sort of album. It's way, way better than that.

THE SUN Simon Cosyns

Favourite Worst Nightmare is not as jaw-dropping as debut Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, mainly because of our familiarity with the band.

In places, however, it is bolder, faster, louder. In others, it is gentler, slower, quieter. Arriving a mere 15 months after Whatever..., it surely sidesteps the second album wobbles of many a great band.

THE GUARDIAN Alexis Petridis

Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare CD cover
The album's title comes from a line in the song D Is For Dangerous
Disappointing opening salvo aside, Favourite Worst Nightmare shows them pushing gently but confidently at the boundaries of their sound.

While their debut seemed founded in music of the 21st Century, from The Strokes to The Libertines, here there are hints of woozy psychedelia on the fantastic Do Me a Favour, The Smiths on Only Ones Who Know, even piledriving metal on If You Were There, Beware.

THE MIRROR Gavin Martin

Alex Turner is quite simply one of the wittiest, most colourful and perceptive songwriters to emerge this century.

The promise of the Monkeys' debut album is built upon here. The band's determination to brighten up a pop landscape wilting under the gloomy grey skies of Snow Patrol, Keane, Razorlight and their so-safe ilk is gloriously renewed.


If the Monkeys continue to develop like this, who knows what they might achieve?
They're stretching tentacles into other musical areas, not least the disco-funk-rock groove of Old Yellow Bricks, the organ-fattened, stop-start Fluorescent Adolescent, and particularly the ruminative approach of the sole slow number Only Ones Who Know.

If the Monkeys continue to develop like this, and manage to avoid the distractions and evade the hangers-on, who knows what they might achieve?

DAILY MAIL Adrian Thrills

The album's best moments arrive in the exhilarating, three-song centrepiece that features the jaunty ska-punk of Fluorescent Adolescent, the melancholy ballad Only Ones Who Know and the tribal, drum-propelled Do Me A Favour.

When they spread their creative wings and manage to keep hold of the melodic essentials, the Monkeys sound like a truly great British guitar group in the jangling, jagged style of The Jam, Gang Of Four and The Smiths.


This is an absolute treasure. Wherever Turner, fit to burst with aggression and sexual frustration, has raised the bar, drummer Matt Helders has sailed over it with a virtuoso performance.

In a practically chorus-less 40 minutes, it's difficult to find an ineffective track in a many-faced record. Rather scarily, Favourite Worst Nightmare has surpassed previous heights scaled by the band.

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