The English, Indie-rock band Arctic Monkeys came up with their fourth album, Suck it and See in June 2011. As promised to their producer, the band managed to give a classic touch to all the songs in the album this time. All the songs in the album are composed and written by Alex Turner, and Jamie Cook has done a good job with the guitar. The songs are fresh and make for a fantastic listen.
Suck it and See has been the most gratifying album for the Arctic Monkeys, so far. The songs are filled with goofy yet poignant lyrics and ever-proficient music by the band. The songs range from glam-rock to indie pop, with ‘coming to age’ and romance being the themes. Suck it and See has lifted the Arctic Monkeys from the dip they faced after their third album Humbug. The band executes the guitar riffs and dream-like symphony well. Overall, the album has a rough, rock ‘n’ roll feel to it.
The song “She’s Thunderstorms” proves to be the ideal introduction for the album, which consists of 12 songs. The guitar tones remind you of “If You Were There, Beware” or even “Secret Door”. The album takes you on a gentle ride with tracks like “Black Treacle”. The mood of the album shifts with “Brick by Brick”, which has a vintage feel and proves to be the best track in the whole album.
The track “Suck it and See” is grooving and is another highlight of the album. “The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala” is nostalgic and has a classic touch to it, while “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” and “Library Pictures” offer a raw feeling. The track “Library Pictures” has the potential to be a fan favourite.
Suck it and See definitely highlights the band’s progression from under the walkway to being one of the best British bands.
The album gets 3.5 out of 5