New MOJO Magazine Issue #349 With ARCTIC MONKEYS On The Cover

23 October 2022

ARCTIC MONKEYS are everywhere on the Internet for a couple of weeks now in attendance of their 7th longplayer that finaly arrived 2 days ago. It’s baptized THE CAR, received as another masterpiece by most of the (British) press. Just like on the previous album Alex Turner goes again in crooner mode. It doesn’t work for me, simply because his voice hasn’t the genuine crooner timbre of the real big ones, such as Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Matt Berninger, Father John Misty, and many more.

Content #349: An exclusive Arctic Monkeys lift up the bonnet of The Car, and talk the
past, present and future of the band: “It’s not just four people playing indie music any more.” Also inside: Bob Dylan, Tom Waits’s 21st Century revival, Paul Weller on tattoos and triple albums, Bill Callahan, ELO, Pharoah Sanders, Joan Armatrading, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and more.

This month’s covermount CD is Heavy Nuggets Vol. 6, the latest installment in
MOJO
’s acclaimed series of psych, hard, and head rock bangers. Starring: Twink,
Blossom Toes, Groundhogs, The Deviants, Humble Pie, Hawkwind, Mighty Baby, and
more.

Purchase a copy and let it be sent to your home. Info HERE.

THE CAR
Arctic Monkeys

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BORING! Mediocre Crooner ALEX TURNER And ARCTIC MONKEYS Share New Single ‘BODY PAINT’

1 October 2022

Superstars ARCTIC MONKEYS launch new album THE CAR on 21 October.

I don’t know who Alex Turner wants to become. Nick Cave? Franks Sinatra?
Leonard Cohen?
It’s his choice, of course, but he just sounds like a mediocre
crooner to my ears. He hasn’t a naturally warm, melancholic, one-of-a-kind,
characterful voice like the great crooners have. And the problem gets bigger
when your ballads are as mediocre as your voice.

He already started his solo career with the previous sugary AM album
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (this was not a group effort) and it’s clear
he wants to continue his one-man journey on the new longplayer (not
a group effort either).

New single BODY PAINT is as boring as
the first one There’d Better Be A Mirrorball.

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From Punk Rockers To Crooner Combo – ARCTIC MONKEYS Share First Single Off New Upcoming Album

30 August 2022

Band: ARCTIC MONKEYS
Who: Sheffield heroes fronted
by singer-songwriter Alex Turner
Active: Since 2002 / 7 studio LPs (new one incl.)

New album: THE CAR
Release: 21 October 2022 – pre-order info here

First single: THERE’D BETTER A MIRRORBALL


Artwork new single

The monkeys already premiered a new cut, called I’m Not Quite Where I Think I Am,
a smooth, jazzy vibe, live a couple of weeks ago, but here’s the official first single.

There’d Better Be A Mirrorball sounds exactly like a track from
their could previous longplayer Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.

Yep, Turner returns back to his piano and tries hard again to be a vintage crooner,
but he hasn’t the voice for it, too light and far away from the real crooners like Nick
Cave, Leonard Cohen
and Tom Waits.

The days of exciting Monkeys punk rock commotion are obviously over. If that’s what Turner wants, he should go further up that road. Whatever he does his fans will adore
it anyway.

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BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Knockout Albums Turning 10 In 2021

1. WHAT DID YOU EXPECT FROM THE VACCINES? by THE VACCINES

Released: 11 March 2011 – debut LP
NME said: “By fusing elements of US pop-punk (the Ramones – not Blink 182), chillwave
(they too are obsessed with reverb) and classic good-time pop’n’roll (The Strokes, primetime Libs/KOL), The Vaccines have recorded an album that – if things continue to go their way – should serve to give British rock music a much-needed jolt in the arm.”

Stream here

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2. SKYING by THE HORRORS

Released: 11 July 2011 – third LP
Pitchfork said: “While they may have started out as all glittering surfaces, the Horrors have evolved into a dependable band making wide-reaching rock music. Whether a calculated retreat or just a natural maturation, the Horrors have found a sound more content with background and atmosphere, and it suits them nicely.”

Stream here…

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3. NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

Released: 17 October 2011 – self-titled debut LP
The Daily Mirror: “High Flying Birds is the best collection
of Noel Gallagher tunes since his Morning Glory days.”

Stream here…

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4. LET ENGLAND SHAKE by PJ HARVEY

Released: 14 February 2011 – eight LP
AllMusic said: “Let England Shake’s’ songs, touching on the disastrous World War I naval strike that left more than 30,000 English soldiers dead. Her musical allusions are just as fascinating and pointed. Its complexities make it one of Harvey’s most powerful works.

Stream here…

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5. SUCK IT AND SEE by ARCTIC MONKEYS

Released: 6 June 2011 – fourth LP
NME said: “Suck It and See’, then, is the band’s ‘Rubber Soul’. Much like how The Beatles spent the early part of their career penned in by commercial expectations, they broke out and proved they were much more than novelty love songs on their experimental, but concise sixth album.”

Stream here…

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ARCTIC MONKEYS At The ROYAL ALBERT HALL

5 December 2020

Globally famous indie rockers ARCTIC MONKEYS just released a live album that
captures their triumphant concert at the majestic Royal Albert Hall in London on
7th June 2018. A must-have longplayer for all the die-hard Monkeys fans.

NME says: “A reminder of the cathartic joy of gigs… 20 greatest hits, including a smattering
of tracks from the then-recently released ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, spread thick and meatily over an hour and a half, this wasn’t just a show – it was an event.

The band’s second time at the Albert Hall (their first a Teenage Cancer Trust gig during 2010’s ‘Humbug’ tour), Alex Turner was in full Sheffield Elvis mode, a schtick that seeps through the speakers still, even without seeing the vision that was his perfectly preened quiff and exquisitely tailored suit… Now let’s pump some Covid vaccine straight into our veins and get back to gigs like these. We’ve never been so ready.” Score: 5/5.

A visual taster…

The full – 20 songs – album

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