Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The return of laddishness

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys

Raw and spunky, gritty voice, songs about pub going, drunkedness, trouble with police, trouble with girls, absolutely no ramblings of dreamy poetic reverie, no androgeneous image, no homoerotic element. This is a 100% laddish album. This is a 100% hyped up band. Don't get me wrong, I don't hold anything against the lads. In fact I quite enjoy their classics "I Bet You Look Good ..", "Fake Tales of San Francisco", "Mardy Bum" and "A Certain Romance". But just like what they said, "Anitcipation has a habit to set you up for disappointment..." To rank this album as one of the Top 5 of All Time Most Important Albums is a bit too much. Will Alex Turner be clever enough to see that media is also one the Vampires as in their song "I don't want your advice or your praise .. cause all you people are vampires and all your stories are stale" (Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But ..)? Like the title of the album, I hope in their 2nd album they'll have something more behind their sheer laddishness.

Side issue: how many Libertines-related reference in the whole album?(no, not necessarily related to the Libs, just me as an over-sensitive freak and think Alex as an ex-Libs fan should write something about)- "trilbys", "truncheons" "classic Reeboks knackered Converse", "boy in bands" and actually the song A Certain Romance even reminds me of the whole rise of (and now fallen already) the London music scene after the Libs.

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