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

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The View from the Afternoon
I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
Fake Tales of San Francisco
Dancing Shoes
You Probably Couldn't See for the Lights But You Were Staring ...
Still Take You Home
Riot Van
Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured
Mardy Bum
Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But...
When the Sun Goes Down
From the Ritz to the Rubble
A Certain Romance
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 40:56

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Andy Gill


Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Label: Domino Recording Co

"Tonight there'll be a ruckus, regardless of what went before," predicts Arctic Monkeys 'songwriter Alex Turner in "The View From The Afternoon," the opening track of the band's debut album, living up to his promise by taking us on a whirlwind tour of provincial teenage life as experienced in Britain today. It's effectively one long, extended fight, from rumbling with nightclub bouncers to getting slapped around by cops in the back of a riot van… read more »

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Pretty much half of the songs are way awesome. So yeah.

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Awesome Album


I love this album, it's very different from the other albums they have out. It's Unique in their own way and it was my first Arctic Monkey's album. Love it!

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I seldom write reviews, but the number of negative reviews for this album is staggering considering it is my favorite album of all time. Straightforward, catchy rock with some of the best lyrics of this generation. If you don't "get" this then you're hopeless, go back to Animal Collective and read Pitchfork.

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Alt Pretenders


Other than I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor, this CD is very "one note". Nothing stands out, nothing is interesting and it sounds whiny on the more brooding numbers.

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Get it.


One of the best albums ever. Great music, danceable, and snide, intelligent lyrics. What's not to like?

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This is what you listen to when you need to work. The music jogs your head to work out problems.

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most overrated band ever?


arctic monkeys? strokes? arctic monkeys? strokes? arctic monkeys? strokes? arctic monkeys? this is hard.

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Incredible Debut Album


Arctic Monkeys take the Brit Rock sound of The Jam, Kinks, and Oasis and jumble it together for a new generation. Excellent debut that was one of the most highly anticipated new album of recent years. Check out the first song "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor". For young musicians, they are already pros at their craft and have put out two subsequent albms that are well worth finding (not yet on e-music). Just saw these guys at Lollapolloza and Alex Turner is a great showman

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I tried to like this, really...


...but it's just over-rated. The professional reviewers cite the Arctic Monkeys’ supposed influences of the Jam, the Smiths and the Clash (fer God-sakes!); all vastly superior bands. Maybe the reviewers have heard so much true garbage that anything passable seems like water to a man dying of thirst in the desert. Or, perhaps they're just afraid break from the party line and call this what it is: mediocre (a.k.a., the “Sideways” syndrome). From the affectation of the cigarette-smoking band member on the cover (such a rebel!), to the lead singer's endlessly irritating voice, to the excruciating, high-school level poetry passing for lyrics here, this band sounds like a bunch of young rockers trying too hard to sound wise beyond their years. The blueprint is there, but the finished product is lacking.

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Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not, the debut album from the Arctic Monkeys, captures the band mashing up the Strokes and the Libertines at will, jamming too many angular riffs into too short of a space, tearing through the songs as quickly as possible. But where the Strokes camouflaged their songwriting skills with a laconic, take-it-or-leave-it sexiness, and the Libertines mythologized England with a junkie poeticism, the Artic Monkeys have made an album for the Information Overload Age: nearly every track here is overloaded with riffs and words, and just when it’s about to sort itself out, it stops short. This doesn’t make them or their debut bad, just surprisingly predictable: they’re competent, lacking enough imagination or restlessness to do anything other than the expected. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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