AM (album) by Arctic Monkeys

AM
AM by Arctic Monkeys
Year: 2013
Release date: 2013-09-06
Overall rank: 196th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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77/100 (from 1,299 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of the 2010s (20th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (196th)
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Arctic Monkeys bestography

AM is ranked 2nd best out of 9 albums by Arctic Monkeys on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Arctic Monkeys is Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not which is ranked number 50 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 25,665.

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From 05/09/2020 21:43
For my money, the Monkeys' best album. Love the feel of it. I don't think there's a weak song on it.
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From 05/09/2020 21:42
For my money, the Monkeys' best album. Love the feel of it.
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From 04/18/2020 16:05
AM is the seminal fifth album by Arctic Monkeys, the UK based alternative rock band. Many consider it one of the greatest albums released during the 2010s, and those could not be more right. The album is a far cry from the garage-rock influenced early albums the band released and instead listeners treated with 12 largely magnificent tracks about love, parties and depressing moments in people's lives. The lyrics are deep but simple, the instrumentation is catchy and the melodies are instantly recognizable. The heap of standout singles helps lift this album to new heights. Lyrically and, most importantly, sonically, this is the best album the band has released so far.

Some would call it too poppy or radio-friendly, but the infectious tunes make for an altogether great listen, without a single bad song in there.
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65/100
From 04/16/2020 20:22
Why doesn't Matt Helders drum on the entire album the way he does on R U Mine?. The band doesn't know who they want to be. Sure, this album is popular in America, but only because 20-somethings that dedicate their music life to listening to Top 40 pop think this is proper rock.

It isn't. The falsetto background vocals that appear throughout the album pushes it's pretentious attitude. The album isn't very adventurous and is quite compressed. It's as if a hip-hop producer wanted to remix all Arctic Monkeys' sounds so that pop fans could enjoy it. It feels very self-important, but lacks the soul of Suck It And See and the bite of the band's first 3 albums. The lyricism on a couple tracks is good, but it isn't consistent, as there are songs on the album that clearly feel like filler tracks. At least their 6th album tried at something different. But this is the band's low point, and anyone who has listened to all of their stuff would most likely agree.
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From 03/02/2020 17:22
I love classic rock and classical music, i only heard this album in 2018 and i have to say this is generally one of the best albums I've ever heard, from front to back its has single worthy songs after song. I've listened to it so many times now after i seen NME place it at their best album of the decade. I can't argue with it at all, truly stunning. 77/100 is very harsh for an album that doesn't have one weak song. I heard a lot of people hated it when it came out but alot of friends have changed their options to loving it. For me this is a modern rock classic and hopefully in time people will give it the credit it deserves.
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From 01/23/2020 20:16
Only 4 songs on this album are worth listening to: "Do I Wanna Know?", "R U Mine?", "No. 1 Party Anthem", and "Fireside".
It masquerades itself as rock n roll, like in "Arabella", but Alex Turner is milking the hell out of the whole 50s crooner style. But this album has no passion behind it. It just drones on like in a hazy stupor. I get that that's the idea, I just don't think it has anything to offer. Those who were introduced to the band through this album probably love it, but they don't see how awesome the first couple albums were. This is just vapid.
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From 08/29/2019 22:36
Really like this one. Some might feel disappointed by the change of their sound, but I like it a lot ! It really sounds like great modern rock, especially because of the important place taken by the bass and the guitars less loud than usually.

Standout tracks: Do I Wanna Know, R U Mine, Snap Out of It
Personal favourite: Arabella
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From 08/20/2019 00:57
It's funny how people these days turn on music when it becomes popular. Take AM, for example. Upon release, it was highly praised by critics and fans alike, some of whom said it was their best work since their debut album. But then, when it went on to become the Arctic Monkeys' best-selling album in the US (by a large margin), those same people suddenly turned on the album and claimed that they were US sellouts.
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From 07/08/2019 14:32
As mainstream and as straight-talking as the Monkeys have got so far; much like its minimalist artwork and short title, AM has little in the way of depth, but it's astoudingly professional in its approach, a masterclass in how to produce easy-to-digest alternative rock.

So easy in fact that it's almost a convenience to dislike this album from the outset, and I've been down that path many times when listening to it. Everything is so well presented and so pretentiously good that of course it makes sense to be aggravated by it. Why shouldn't you be when almost every song on the album is about grievances over sexual conquests? Listen to AM even more than once within a week and it starts to feel tiresome, and if you let yourself get addicted to it, you've already lost the battle.

But there in lies the hook; AM is supposed to be like this. It's the furthest extent into potent genericism that the band have ever taken, and you get that impression every time you listen to it. It stands miles above you and towers in sheer, annoying completeness. There is absolutely no room for fault or imperfection here, the whole idea has been so well executed that it is inherently too good for its own sake.

'I Want It All' is certainly the weakest track on the record, simply for sounding like an afterthought. Even then, it hardly feels like they added it just to bump up the run time. 'R U Mine?' is AM being totally in love with itself, fully engrossed in its own ego; a sickeningly brilliant song, and a cadre for so many other alternative rock singles that have come since. Where the record bats highest, namely on 'Do I Wanna Know?' and 'Why D'You Only Call Me When You're High?', it's impossible not to be carried away by the talent in its execution. Both those songs were instant classics on release, the former of which is decade-defining in my books.

There is not a single moment of filler on AM, just pure, unopposed, bluesy pretentious ego. I detest just how enthralled I have been with this album for nigh-on 6 years now, because on paper, I'm far too up my own arse to enjoy something this plain and perfectly executed this much. The attraction for me is the opposition it puts up.

I've met plenty of people who love and hate this record, but never anyone who hasn't had a word to say about it. Perhaps that's the effect when a band as talented as the Arctic Monkeys produce something so crowdpleasing, so pristinely destined for the charts. I love how much I despise AM, and I'm yet to stop myself coming back for more.
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