Who Are Arctic Monkeys?
Arctic Monkeys have lasted five albums in the public eye, a pretty miraculous length for a buzz band who first made waves on MySpace (whose popularity they may have now eclipsed). But they did it the only way they know how: by rocking hard and writing clever lyrics. Alex Turner's sly bar-crawl of a voice has helped power them from their debut hit, "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor," to the slyer, quieter "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair." They've squeezed sweet melody from sour lemons on tracks like "Cornerstone" and "Suck It and See," and challenged death metal bands with the against-the-rails grind of "Brianstorm" and "D Is for Dangerous." They're funny as hell, too, imploring us to "go into business with a grizzly bear" or to "stop making the eyes at me while I'm making the eyes at you." On the new AM, they stomp harder than ever before on the glam-blues cut "Do I Wanna Know?" and flirt with R&B on the slinky single "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" The hype won't die down until they stop finding new ways to rock.