As Rolling Stone magazine put it, “a bazillion British fans can’t be wrong.” Of course, the last time a “bazillion” British people did anything, four gentlemen from Liverpool made music history. In fact, the Arctic Monkeys, with their debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, broke those four men’s record for one day sales by pushing an outstanding 200,000 copies in a single day.
The Arctic Monkeys had a strong underground fellowship for nearly half a decade before this album came out. In fact, this album has been described as a collection of the better songs that have been circulating the internet for years.
This album is infectious and harsh, but in a good way. The lyrics bite with sarcasm and wit, leaving few scenesters alive afterwards. Like the illegitimate love child of the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols being raised by the Strokes, this album roars with talent and potential (a potential that was unmet by their amateur 2007 release, Favourite Worst Nightmare).
Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not is post-post-punk at its best, with raw emotion crammed into every brainworm of a hook.
Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not by Arctic Monkeys
“View From The Afternoon”
“I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor”
“Fake Tales Of San Francisco”
“You Probably Couldn’t See The Lights But You Were Looking Straight At Me”
“Still Take You Home”
“Red Light Indicates The Doors Are Secure”
“Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But…”
“When The Sun Goes Down”
“From The Ritz To The Rubble”