Sound — 7
When I first listened to the album I noticed a very unique sound from all the songs. The pingy distortion gives the arctic monkeys a distinctive sound and to be fair with all the hype, the least that can be said is that the albums sound is certainly original. This could be seen as a dance/rock genre and it's music that rock kids can actually dance to as opposed to moshing.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics on this album are like rough diamonds, everyday stuff sung and mixed into a beat, in a way that makes it seem cool yet close to the heart and genuine. Without good lyrcs there can be no good music and vice versa. To try and hear what the lead singer is saying is difficult but when you do make it out you'll be thinking to yourself "That's a good point actually." You'll be grinning at the social overtones of the lyrics, not dealing with politics or religion but rather dealing with problems you have going out on a saturday night and the police and kids causing havoc around the estates they live in. They kept it real and said what thought and meant in their songs. The lyrics are offbeat but that's why people like this band so much; they are seen as non-corformists even in the rock world. The outlook of the band could quite rightly be described as narrow minded and self obsessed but that's all part of an image and that image comes across in this post grunge/garage music.
Overall Impression — 7
The sheer lack of fluidity of music and lyrics gives the Arctic Monkeys a punk sounding album but if you think about it they aren't particularly punk, just a bunch of mates who strum good chords and talk about stuff. Reminiscent of Oasis, they don't seem to care for long lasting hooks but it's time for the rock kids who sit in the corner to get on their feet. Clearly an album with negative mixed in with a positive message, this is an example of how music should be made; with vigor and without an egotistical tone saying that 'We are better than you', although to be fair there is a hint of it. These guys are similar to a lot of bands yes but I think the difference is that other bands worry too much about image rather than making good tunes, in my opinion Bloc Party did the job of making dance worthy music but clearly these fellas are more in touch with working class people and have an idea of what's going on in the real world, there are negative aspects like a clear urgency to intentially manipulate accents in singing but this is what makes this band so appealing to many. Could be improved upon but still very good effort at an album.