Review Round Up: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys

The Arctic Monkeys are back with a brand new album. Here, Love London Love Culture rounds up the critics reviews…

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The Guardian: *** “At turns thrilling, smug, clever and oddly cold, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is only a qualified success; there’s something quietly impressive about the fact that it exists at all, at least as an Arctic Monkeys album.”

NME: **** “The album’s title is a fitting one: this record feels a lot like gazing into the night sky. At first it’s completely overwhelming – you’ll be trying to connect the scattered dots on this initially impenetrable listen, and maybe even despairing when it doesn’t all come together. But when the constellations show through, you’ll realise that it’s a product of searingly intelligent design.”

The Independent: **** “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino feels more like an interlude between AM and a seventh Arctic Monkeys album – a delve into the bizarre, where even the Steinway has its own character.”

Far Out Magazine: *** “Delving deeper yet, the album can also sound at times a bit like somebody – a creative, free-flowing and artistic lyricist – who has spent too much time on their own in a fantasy world that doesn’t quite translate but it’s undeniable that Turner’s lyrics are both his most literal, fascinating and obscure to date.”

The Telegraph:**** “The lyrics are quotable but the pile-up of one-liners doesn’t always lend itself to definitive interpretation. The conceit is that the Monkeys are a cocktail lounge outfit on the titular moon base. The music is stark and edgy, with inflections from doo-wop and heavy rock. Songs are ephemeral, and not easy to decipher without listening to them repeatedly.”

GQ Magazine: “You listen once and feel detached, a little disappointed even, not dissimilar to the feeling people felt when they watched The Matrix Reloaded. Second time, however, despite not really having any hooks or choruses, what sounds like a mess becomes anything but.”

Loud and Quiet: “This is a record that is massively of-a-piece, that glides by at a deliberate pace, and on which any given individual track wouldn’t work outside of the musical context that the others around it provide it.”

Indie is Not a Genre: “Arctic Monkeys’ sixth record is no surprise though. It is the next logical step in the evolution of a band that has reinvented itself with every new record. And yet, this conceptual record wears thin after a few spins and may feel out of place on the band’s upcoming arena dates.”

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino will be released on the 11th May. 


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