Dancing ‘til the AM

Arctic Monkeys heat things up with ‘AM’

By Aidan Mouellic, Staff Writer


The latest offering from the Arctic Monkeys has been one of the most highly anticipated albums of the past year. Thankfully, the group’s fifth album AM does not disappoint, and instead delivers a stream of sweet nectar to the ears. Before the album’s release, singles such as “R U Mine?” “Do I Wanna Know?” and “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” were already definite highlights.

Really though, almost any song off this album could be a single. AM is a tour-de-force from track one to the sexy closing track “I Wanna Be Yours,” which pays homage to the legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke.

As an added bonus, Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Homme also leant his vocals to the tracks “Knee Socks” and “One for the Road.”

A dance floor-ready record from the Arctic Monkeys is a surprise, but AM manages to mix that in with some Black Sabbath-inspired rock ballads with amazing results. Curiously though, their sexiest and most danceable new tune, “Stop the World I Wanna Get Off with You,” was released as a B-Side.

The group’s move to Los Angeles to record seems to have energized the lads from Sheffield, who have created a masterpiece with AM. Their latest offering is available in Canadian stores on Tuesday, September 10.