The Arctic Monkeys are known as the epitome of indie rock and angsty teenagers. With their first album shattering the previous record of fastest selling debut album, the quartet from Sheffield had a high standard to upkeep. Compared to their first, this album was faster, and louder. Only a mere fifteen months after the skyrocketing sales of Whatever People Say I Am, It’s What I’m Not, this release lifted all of our worries about the Monkey’s comeback, and it was anything but a ‘Nightmare’.
Favourite Worst Nightmare starts out with a bang, with Brianstorm’s heavy guitar riff and insane drums. Following it is Teddy Picker and D Is For Dangerous, with basslines not to be messed with. A perfect introduction after a period of rest from the decade’s greatest indie rock story. Though the album seems to start with a somewhat “Adolescent” (pun intended) and angsty style, it displays maturity in many ways. As we will all come to know in later years, Alex Turner’s mastery of lyrics is first really exemplified in FWN.
The 40-minute album varies to polar extremes, on the slow side with songs like Only Ones Who Know. This hauntingly beautiful ballad is one of Turner’s true pieces of art. This song talks of meeting the girl of your dreams, a girl who proves everyone who thinks true love doesn’t exist wrong. A both lyrical and melodic masterpiece, Only Ones Who Know stole the hearts of millions of listeners, and let the hopeful romantics of the underground music scene dream a little bigger.
Though Only Ones Who Know may be the ultimate indie slow dance tune, there is an obvious winner from this record. The now concert staple Fluorescent Adolescent has a special place in the hearts of many ‘Monkeys fans. The jam about the dread of growing old is actually one of their uplifting ones. With raunchy stabs at sexual innuendos like “Was it a Mecca dauber or a betting pencil?”, Turner talks about a woman growing old and craving the spice of her once exciting sex life. This one will always be a classic, and be remembered by fans everywhere.
From “last laugh lane” to “a city that never wakes up” to “505”, this album took its listeners on a wild ride. Still one of their most known albums, Arctic Monkeys have stemmed from the styles introduced in this record. All in good heart, it’s the soundtrack to the old converse-wearing, underage drinking, angsty teenage gang of your dreams. We’re still rooting for you, Monkeys.
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Review by: Molly Troxclair