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Month: November, 2013

Evolution Of The Monkeys

It’s safe to say that Arctic Monkeys have been surfing on a wave of success ever since their first album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not, came out in 2006, with every single one of their albums becoming a number 1, as well as playing at the Olympic opening ceremony in 2012, and numerous other incredible achievements.

Even so, there’s still some discussion over their new album AM (which came out on 9th September of this year) sounding too different from their other albums, and sounding too “American-ized”, considering it was recorded in LA, which frankly, you can tell when listening to it.

My question is: is this such a bad thing? As much as I, among others, loved 2006 Arctic Monkeys with their witty lyrics about everyday life in Sheffield, particularly shining through such gems as “When The Sun Goes Down,” “From The Ritz To The Rubble,” “Red Lights Indicate Doors Are Secured,” and “You Probably Couldn’t See For The Lights But You Were Staring Straight At Me,” and all it’s true honesty, but I feel that, truthfully, if the four Yorkshire lads had produced five albums of it, we’d all be tired of it, and people wouldn’t hold back the complaints. So what’s the big problem with changing things up a bit? In my opinion, none of the five albums Arctic Monkeys have produced sound too much like each other; they’re each different but still hold the typical Arctic Monkeys charm, which probably lies with Turner’s song-writing skills.

As much as people complain that his voice has “become more American” or whatever, one cannot say that Turner’s lyrics have declined into those of a regular song-writer. Songs on AM still contain such wonderful, beautiful, witty lyrics such those particularly in “Arabella,” “Do I Wanna Know?” and “R U Mine?”

And it’s clear that the Monkeys have vastly improved their performing skills. I saw them at Earl’s Court on the 25th October and they were absolutely phenominal, and their Glastonbury performance was really well done, in particular the use of an orchestra for “Mardy Bum” and “Cornerstone”. 

So in all honesty, I think that people who say “oh Arctic Monkeys have changed too much” are wrong, since I feel like yes, they have changed, but only the right amount, and they have definitely kept a certain charm that only the Monkeys seem to possess. 


Vampire Weekend at O2 Arena Review

Last night, on the 13th November 2013, I went to see Vampire Weekend at the O2 Arena. They were supported by Noah and the Whale, who I like but not in a huge way. Even so, I saw them supporting Arcade Fire in August 2011, and they were pretty good, so I made sure I was at the venue to see their whole set.

They were, as expected, really good, and their set definitely included enough diversity and songs from all the albums. My personal favourites were Give It All Back, Tonight’s The Kind Of Night, Two Atoms In A Molecule and of course, 5 Years Time.

And Vampire Weekend themselves-well, they were just incredible. They started with Diane Young which really got the crowd excited and the set continued to play not only their hits but other fantastic less-heard songs and even a cover of Song 2 by Blur. The band really worked with the crowd and got everybody excited and lively throughout the gig.

I also feel the need to appreciate the stage set up and lighting. These aren’t normally things I take huge notice of but at this gig, I honestly thought they were really cool. With a Modern Vampires Of The City floral backdrop and columns hanging from the ceiling, the stage just looked bright and happy and that went so well with the band’s set and the crowd’s mood.

Overall, I thought the gig was fantastic and I have spent most of today in misery over the fact that it’s over.

Tribes Split Up And Emotions Occur

It was released today that the incredible indie band Tribes have split up after being together for four years and releasing two albums.

As someone that’s been a fan of Tribes since I saw them support The Kooks in October 2011, this is devastating news. I just feel like Tribes were so underexposed, and could have been really popular if they’d only gotten out there more and made themselves heard. I know that I shouldn’t just assume that they split up because of not getting very big, and their second and last album, Wish To Scream, not cracking the top 40, but honestly I find it hard to believe that if they’d just gotten out there more and were heard by more people, they could have gone much bigger, and would probably have been less likely to split up.

Anyway, I shouldn’t be critising them. And if you, like me, are a heartbroken Tribes fan who is sitting in their bed cradling Baby and Wish To Scream, wearing a Tribes shirt, crying and eating nutella out of the jar, then don’t be sad, be grateful for the two beautiful albums they did release. 

Just A Quickie

This is just a quick post to say this is my new blog!

Hi, I’m Lucy, I’m 15, and I wanted somewhere to do gig/album reviews, talk about band stuff, you know, that kind of thing.

So yeah, that’s what to expect. Party on.