Sound — 8
The Arctic Monkeys have a unique sound. Though some say that they sound too much like Oasis or other big English bands, these guys throw in their own little touches to make it their own. With their big single, "I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor" they establish a fair representation of their style. Though it can get repetitive at times, they will throw in something different just when it's needed to spice up the album. Some songs of note are: The View From The Afternoon, I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, You Probably Couldn't See For The Lights But You Were Looking Right At Me, Mardy Bum, When the Sun Goes Down, A Certain Romance. These songs got just the right amount of playtime, though mostly on satellite radio now. Just enough to be popular, but not so much that the songs are grating. The album is alays refreshing.
Lyrics — 9
If you aren't from the UK, the singing style may take some getting used to, but that shouldn't be considered a fault. If anything, it adds some style to every song. I don't know if I can call it singing though. It's more of a sing-talk. He is essentially talking lyrically. It does help people sing along though, increasing the party factor. The lyrics are extremely catchy too, especiall in "From The Ritz To The Rubble."
Overall Impression — 8
It's a great album, essential for a house party. Almost all of the songs make good dance songs and their great for getting everyonw moving. The songs and lyrics work really well together, and the fact that the guitarist hasn't been playing for very long earns the Arctic Monkeys some bonus points. What I found interesting though is that the versions of songs played on videos and satellite radio differ from those found on the album, most noticeably "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor." In any case, the album is great, definitely check it out to see if it matches your tastes. Chances are, it will.