Arctic Monkeys – “Car” review; The bliss of sadness full of threads

“I had big ideas, the band was so excited, the kind you’d rather not share over the phone,” Alex Turner sings halfway through. Arctic monkeysSeventh album. “But now the orchestra has surrounded us all and I can’t remember for the rest of my life how they go.” For those interested in the Arctic Monkeys 2018 album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino It was a quick vacation before returning to the greatness of the rock in the arena A.mYou have no luck. They extended their stay, became comfortable and called for redecorating. Or as bassist Nick O’Malley put it mojo“Certainly there are no longer just four people who play indie music.”

The Car Even more luxurious than calm base, traded in synthesizers for an actual string section surrounding her in nearly all of the album’s ten songs. “Rather than strings over rocks,” Turner said. Watchman, “I was interested in turning on and off a ‘rock band’.” There are nightclub chords and emotional orchestral music, but most of it The Car Dripping with autumnal violin and cello, which agonizes sorrow, heartbreak and gloom.

Strong separation reactions. “If you want to walk me to the car, you should know I’ll be sad,” Turner sings at the opening of the clip “It’d better be a mirror ball,” a song devastatingly sweet enough to stand up to Burt Bacharach or Marvin Gaye comparisons. When Turner goes to falsetto at the end of the next line of the song—”I’m sure I have a heavy heart, so please make absolutely sure there’s a mirror ball… for me”—and the strings swirl around it, there’s no dryness in the house.

This may be the biggest difference in The Car: where calm base Committed to a science fiction setting and obsessed with technology, Turner lyrically returns to Earth, watching dreams of stars fade and burn upon return. “Really, it was exciting,” he stated on “Big Ideas,” which is a song about a band for sure, although whether or not that band is his is all about. Turner is a satirical lyricist with a sharp eye for character and scenery. Like Stephen Malmus, he writes songs that are open to interpretation and are often jarring — “a Lego Napoleon movie written with glass tubes filled with gas and lined with sparks” — but the details are vivid, memorable and quotable.

These ten songs play like adorable vignettes, and every inch of the frame is filled with emotion, humor, commentary beyond the text, and plenty of references to the “works they call the show,” especially the movie. Sometimes all of these things at once: “Water skis on the ditch, they shot it all in CinemaScope as if it was the last time you’d ride.” The overall arrangements of these songs are entirely cinematic, with nods to Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, David Axelrod, and John Barry. Many of The Car He has the doomed romance of the Bond theme, only in less outlandish places, with Turner fully in his element as a singer with a golden voice. Speaking of: Arctic Monkeys should absolutely make a Bond theme.

This may seem far from A.m Days are like the moon, but if you remove the layers, we’re still in familiar music territory. You can trace a straight line from this album to “No.1 Party Anthem,” it’s just the arrangements, and the delivery that varies. Example: file Live version of “I’m not quite where I think I am” Registered in Brooklyn Kings Theater In September, it is much more A.mA song with a pattern in this setting, with the strings gone and more guitar added. Both are wonderful. The baroque title track, filled with timpani drums and harpsichords, also has the album’s most sensual single.

Will be The Car To be better than a rock record? Perhaps more popular but it’s hard to argue against the faded, faded magic of music like “Mirrorball,” “Big Ideas,” and “Jet Skis on the Moat,” where the tug of war matches well with Turner’s falsetto-forward delivery. . The album is also not without guitars. The aforementioned “I’m Not Exactly Where I Think I Be” contains Curtis Mayfield’s great selections, and “Anything Goes Sculptures” is a new territory for arctic monkeys, all harmonious sparkling and thick, still intense Stonewhile Turner is a fine example of fine with lines like “How am I supposed to control my infallible beliefs while I’m dealing with them?”

two of The Car’The best songs come in the third chapter. “Hello You” is a heart through the pages of commercial Hollywood gossip and a long sober look in the mirror, armed with a killer keyboard hook and some particularly crunchy guitar licks as the song follows the pinup star who stands on the far edge of his debut but “still says goodbye long” While trying to convince himself that “it could pass for seventeen years if I just got a haircut and picked up some Zs.” It’s the best of both new and old Arctic Monkeys. Then there’s “Mr. Schwartz,” a subtle bossa nova number featuring yet another fallen star that, a decade or two later, is a perfect execution of tone, style, and detail.

Is this Turner looking into his future? Can. At 36, he’s still quite young and the Arctic Monkeys are clearly still in their prime, but The Car He also feels he has a solid retirement plan planned. The last lines of the album, from swaying “Perfect Sense”: “Keep reminding me that it’s not a race when my indomitable streak turns to the straight end. If that’s what it takes to say good night, that’s what it takes.”

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