The Joup Friday Album: Arctic Monkeys – Humbug

HumbugSometimes, when life takes a swing at you, all you can do is tune out and wait for it to blow over. That’s pretty much where I’ve been since last I posted. It’s not a bad thing by any means. We need to get a little selfish from time to time. This week, for this reason, I chose an album that really doesn’t have any personal significance to me. It doesn’t require a load of analysis to be enjoyed. I just like it.

The Arctic Monkeys’ third studio album, Humbug, is my personal favorite from their discography. It’s the stepping stone between their more chaotic early albums and what they are today. Alex Turner’s voice had matured quite a bit at this point, and it shows. His crooning flows perfectly over haunting, twangy tracks that Josh Homme helped build. Homme’s production, combined with what Pitchfork described as “unexpected musical turns, wit, and observational acumen” is flawless. The opening track to the album, “My Propeller,” introduces us to this other side of the band, while “Pretty Visitors” will still give you that punch. It’s a good thing.

Humbug is perfect for a hot night with the windows open. With storms on the horizon for tonight, I know it’s my plan.

Tag, Shawn.


One Response to The Joup Friday Album: Arctic Monkeys – Humbug
  1. Shawn C. Baker Reply

    Yep. This is an awesome record, especially with storms on the horizon. Make me and my dry-ass so cal weekend jealous why don’t you?

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