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Humbug CD (2009)

Artist: Arctic Monkeys

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Humbug features 10 brand new Arctic Monkeys' songs and was produced by Josh Homme in the Mojave Desert and Los Angeles and James Ford in Brooklyn.

Track Listing
01. My Propeller
02. Crying Lightning
03. Dangerous Animals
04. Secret Door
05. Potion Approaching
06. Fire And The Thud
07. Cornerstone
08. Dance Little Liar
09. Pretty Visitors
10. The Jeweller's Hands


Label Domino/ada
SKU 211450156
UPC 801390023729
UPC 14 00801390023729
Format CD
Release Date 8/25/2009
Author Arctic Monkeys
Artist Bio
Arctic MonkeysFrontman Alex Turner and guitarist Jamie Cook began their music careers in 2001, when the friends both received guitars for Christmas. Two years later, they began performing shows around their native Sheffield with drummer Matt Helders and bassist Andy Nicholson, two fellow students at Stocksbridge High School. A series of demo recordings followed, and Arctic Monkeys' audience swelled as fans circulated those recordings via the Internet. The musicians soon found themselves at the center of a growing media circus, with such outlets as BBC Radio examining the band's music and mounting hype.By distributing their homemade material on the Internet, Arctic Monkeys were able to build a rabid fan base without the help of a record label, effectively circumventing the usual road to superstardom. They continued to buck tradition by signing with Domino Records in 2005, eschewing a major label's help for Domino's D.I.Y. mentality and hip roster (which also included Franz Ferdinand, a touchstone for the band's sound). The smart moves paid off as Arctic Monkeys' first two singles -- "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and "When the Sun Goes Down" -- both topped the U.K. charts. Critical reception was similarly favorable, but few could have predicted the whirlwind success of the band's debut album, which ousted Oasis' Definitely Maybe as the fastest-selling debut in British history (a record that was lost one year later to Leona Lewis' Spirit). Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not sold 363,735 copies during its first week alone, transforming Arctic Monkeys from underground stars into mainstream figures.Arctic Monkeys' debut sold approximately 300,000 total copies in America -- enough to warrant more media coverage, but notably less than the album's British sales during its first week alone. Nevertheless, the band's success continued as they released a spring EP, Who the F*k Are Arctic Monkeys, and prepared for a stateside tour. Temporary bassist Nick O'Malley was brought aboard for the band's American shows, while a fatigued Nicholson stayed at home. Nicholson then announced his official departure when the band returned home in June 2006, and O'Malley remained with Arctic Monkeys as a permanent member. That fall, the musicians received the 2006 Mercury Prize and donated the accompanying money to an undisclosed charity. Additional accolades included Best British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards and Best New Band at the NME Awards. NME also made a bold assertion by deeming the band's debut one of the Top Five British albums ever released.Released in April 2007, Favourite Worst Nightmare updated Arctic Monkeys' sound with louder instruments and faster tempos. The bandmates had recorded the sophomore album quickly, wishing to return to the road as soon as possible, and the speedy turnaround between records only helped solidify the band's popularity at home. Favourite Worst Nightmare sold 85,000 copies during its first day of release, while all 12 tracks entered the Top 200 of the U.K. singles charts. As Alex Turner briefly turned his attention to a side project, the Last Shadow Puppets, Arctic Monkeys received another Mercury Prize nomination and took home two titles at the 2008 Brit Awards. Recording sessions for a third album commenced in early 2008 and lasted throughout the year. Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys released a concert album entitled At the Apollo -- with accompanying video footage captured on 35mm film -- to maintain their prolific pace.
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review The history of rock is full of "Eureka!" flashes of brilliance. Chuck Berry had the idea to fuse country with the blues. Bob Dylan took folk music electric. Nikki Sixx realized that the line "I'd say we've kicked some ass" could rhyme with "I'd say we're still kickin' ass." For the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner, the big light bulb idea came in 2005: Get huge by thinking small. Write scrappy little Brit-punk tunes about the humdrum town you're stuck in, the pissy little pubs you can't get into, the local girls who aren't desperate enough to dance with you. Give your songs away on MySpace as fast as you can bang them out. Let your fans spread the word, bypass the usual promo machine and become a worldwide sensation before you turn 20. Even America embraced this band, despite the fact we don't give a crap what "Mardy Bum" means...It's been four years since "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor." But success has not brightened the Monkeys' worldview. Their ace third album is full of Turner's snide observations on human behavior -- when he looks you in the eye and sneers, "What came first, the chicken or the d**khead?" it's not a compliment. His specialty is still thinking small, noting the everyday details of how people work hard to screw up their lives. He gets into bars more easily now, but he spends too much time in them not having enough fun. The women who reject him only make him slightly less miserable than the ones who don't. Even when he writes a soaring love ballad like "Cornerstone," his idea of a romantic line is "I smelled her scent on the seat belt."...Humbug's, finest moment is "Cornerstone," a mock Morrissey ballad where he stumbles from one seedy pub to another, running into girls who remind him of the one he's trying to forget. It has the local color of the earliest Monkeys tunes, but it's definitely grown-up, with bittersweet wit popping out of every line: "I thought I saw you in the Rusty Hook/Huddled up in a wicker chair/I wandered over for a closer look/And kissed whoever was sitting there." He's never written a song with this kind of punch before; he can't pretend he's still a sour teenager kicking around his hometown, but he also can't pretend adulthood has solved any of his problems. May he remain this miserable for at least a few more albums.
Reviewer Rob Sheffield
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Artist Arctic Monkeys
Music Format Compact Disc
Corey duBrowa, Paste Magazine ...another massive step forward in a career that seems marked for greatness.
Mojo ...a beautifully balanced record.

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