triple j just played the new Arctic Monkeys album, “Humbug”. It was leaked a while ago, but this was the official premiere of it apparently. I’ll be picking up the album very soon hopefully, so a full proper review will be up in the near future, but for now, here’s what I initially thought after listening to the preview.
Josh Homme’s influence is clearly showing through, I think. It’s not as instantly catchy as their previous albums, but I think this album will grow on people. It’ll be one of those ones, that if you put time into listening to it a bit, it will develop and sound better and better. The sound is a bit darker, and the hooks are bit more distorted and out there.
Especially since this sounds quite different to previous material, I think there will be a lot of whingers about changing styles. Definitely not about selling out though, just changing styles.
However, I think this album is definitely gonna be worth it. It’s always good to see a band taking themselves in a different direction.
Overall, I like it. I think it has a lot of promise. And I don’t think it will disappoint.