A week after it’s release the Arctic Monkeys’ debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, was featured at number 5 on NME’s list of greatest British album’s ever. A few weeks earlier the band’s frontman, Alex Turner, was turning 20. How is this even possible? Amazingly, homemade CDs and a kick-ass live show earned the group many sold-out shows and all of the aforementioned accolades.
You probably wouldn’t be surprised to find out the Yorkshire quartet was listening to mostly hip-hop before they dove into the world of rock ‘n’ roll. Each lyric is fired from Turner’s mouth with the same precision you would hear from today’s finest emcees. He crams so many syllables into such small pockets and it’s all so clever with the occasional sniff of humor. It’s nothing short of spectacular.
The lyrics and their delivery aren’t all the band has though. The album is brimming with guitar riffs that are as desirable to sing as the vocal melodies that accompany them. You’d think the hype and anticipatory excitement would wear down after 6 years and we’d all be realizing the album is only pretty great. Yet… here I am telling you it’s still a fucking amazing album.