Arctic Monkeys’ first album in five years marks a remarkable shift in sound, but it has divided opinion amongst fans.
Having teased tour dates, festival appearances and hints about a new record, fans have been hotly anticipating the Sheffield band’s sixth studio album. The record was released earlier today and the fans who stayed up until midnight to get their first fix of the record are divided in opinion.
Some are won over by the sonic shift and open-door into Alex Turner’s mind.
Others expected Do I Wanna Know: Part 2... or at least Mardy Bum.
Tranquility is Arctic Monkeys most daring release to date
After a long break, the Monkeys got back in the studio in early 2017 and were met with Turner’s demos. Swapping the Les Paul for a Steinway Vertegrand piano, the tracks were rumoured to sound more like a solo record than the bands sixth album. But having spent the year crafting the album, the output marks a huge shift in sound and direction.
Having previously savoured cultural references for other works, Tranquility explores fictionalised realms of science and identity, with nods to the Old Grey Whistle and modern technology. At times, it feels lyrically absurd, like a joke taken too far. But whilst edging on lounge music, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino sounds like Submarine in a sun-soaked space age. It is without doubt their most daring release to date and we salute that.