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Classic Album Review: Arctic Monkeys- Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

Just writing about it makes me want to get my friends together for pre drinks and go smash an indie rock room of a night club. That’s that best kind of music for me, it makes you feel something or takes you somewhere, and this album does that in a monstrous way.

Over 10 years ago, the Arctic Monkeys released their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, which for everyone’s ease we will just call it Whatever People Say I am. The album is to this date the fastest selling debut album by a band, and it’s largely regarded as one of the best albums of all time. The group has, for me, become the most important band of the millennial generation, largely due to this monster of an album.

I’d say that a solid 90% of people regard this as the bands best album, I certainly do. They barley put a step wrong. It’s one of few albums that I can continuously listen to all the way through, every song has that certain something extra. I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor is very possibly the biggest rock anthem of all time, a track that, like most off this album, will stand the test of time. The production is absolutely monumental on this album, every single track is fantastic in that sense. The guitar rock in particular is epic. I could sit and talk about all the dancefloor fillers and how amazing they are, but let’s move on a from that a little bit.

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Remember when I said this is the most important band for the millennials? It’s large in part the the simple, yet outstandingly nostalgic lyrics. Alex Turner wrote a lot of these tracks based on life of the working class life and life as a teen. It’s beyond relatable. Tracks like Riot Van and Mardy Bum have become timeless classics, brilliant acoustic tracks. Riot Van shows the ambivalence of teens in the working class, who just want to have fun without a care in the world.

When The Sun Goes Down is regularly seen as the best track on the album, often being looked at as one of the best songs of the decade, it’s top 3 for me on the album, with the best track being the final track, A Certain Romance, which was perfectly written and perfectly executed, I don’t think the Arctic Monkey’s could top this album ever, most bands in the world will struggle.

This is one of the best albums of the millennium, one of the greatest albums by a band ever, and one of the most amazing British albums of all time. This praise is no exaggeration, I cannot express enough just how important this album is and how monumentally good it is. It’s the kind of music that makes you realise just how amazing music is. The levels of nostalgia are insane, just writing about it makes me want to get my friends together for pre drinks and go smash an indie rock room of a night club. That’s that best kind of music for me, it makes you feel something or takes you somewhere, and this album does that in a monstrous way.

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