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Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009

The Arctic Monkeys new album Humbug officially debuted at number one on the UK charts this week making it the band’s third album to do so. Trying to follow up the success of 2007’s Favorite Worst Nightmare, the band went out into the American west to record with Queens of the Stoneage frontman Josh Homme in search of a new sound. Loosing none of their trademark cynicism or wit, the band slows down their tempo and brings up the low end crunch to create a powerhouse new album where lead singer Alex Turner abandons his snarky British punkboy voice to become what PopMatters’ Emily Tartanella calls “a husky voiced crooner”.


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