Friday 4 March 2011
Arctic Monkeys' Brick By Brick: Showing Signs of Erosion?
So, on to the new track. No-one yet knows if it's a new single, or even if it'll be on the new album at all. However if it is from a new album, it'll be interesting to see how the rest of the tracks end up sounding. The Arctic Monkeys have never yet done the same thing twice - the difference between Whatever You Think I Am... and Favourite Worst Nightmare is obviously less than the progression to Humbug, but none of their full-lengths could be accused of being particularly samey. Therefore it's to be expected that the band seem to have again evolved.
To be honest though, the track seems pretty weak, and a real step back from the rekindled promise of Humbug. Where that record oozed in mystique and high production whilst still retaining some massive melodic hooks and charm, 'Brick By Brick' has a bit of a Beatles '60s jangly rock'n'roll sound to it, which could have been a good move, but the lyrics are disappointingly bland and the catchy melodies are seemingly absent. At first, the vocals don't even seem to sound like Alex Turner - though Humbug was a record with predominantly American sensibilities, Turner's Northern English twang was always there at the forefront, reminding listeners of the bands roots. There's some decent guitar soloing on the track, but that's not really what you look for in an Arctic Monkeys track.
Who knows, maybe the rest of the new material can return some of the old magic and restore promise for the band. On this evidence though, there's a chance that Arctic Monkeys' fourth album could be the first real blip in their discography.