Humbug (album) by Arctic Monkeys

Humbug by Arctic Monkeys
Year: 2009
Release date: 2009-08-19
Overall rank: 605th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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76/100 (from 807 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 2009 (8th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (104th)
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Humbug is ranked 4th best out of 9 albums by Arctic Monkeys on

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 25,620.

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From 04/16/2020 20:39
Not a bad album, but definitely not too interesting a listen. Definitely a desert rock/stoner rock album, but I get the sense that this is a bit of a precursor to AM in that Turner's lyrics kind of just drone on and linger too long. The album gets boring in The Fire and The Thud and in Dance Little Liar. Feels like a lot of these songs would be featured in the background of movie scenes in which the character are in a drugged stupor.

Standout Tracks: Cornerstone, Potion Approaching, Secret Door, Crying Lightning
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From 03/02/2020 17:12
My favourite album by them. Love the change in style and more psychedelic style, very spacey. Love it from front to back. Cornerstone is the centre piece of this album for me, perfectly sums up losing a partner and seeing their face everywhere you go. Secret door, cry lighting are fantastic tracks also.
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From 08/28/2019 21:42
This album has some strong tracks, but I don’t think it’s the best Arctic Monkeys can do. Interesting and kinda darker than his two predecessors.

Standout tracks: My Propeller, Crying lightning, Cornerstone.

Personal favourite: Dance Little Liar
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From 06/27/2019 17:41
Very interesting album that gets you into a trance after a few listens. One of my personal favourites

My Propeller sets the tone with a mysterious, somewhat lazy delivery that is carried throughout the whole album, maybe with the lighter tone of Cornerstone as the exception.

Crying Lightning and Cornerstone are two great songs, but to me the highlights are Secret Door and Dance Little Liar (and maybe The Jeweller's Hands).

Very strong and coherent album overall.
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From 02/27/2019 03:13
This is my favorite AM album.

Brooding and seductive with tantalizing bass-lines, hypnotic guitars and mysterious singing from Alex Turner.
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From 02/25/2019 07:02
What the hell is this doing in the top 500
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From 12/31/2018 06:37
I've been obsessed with this album lately and I'd like to retract my previous comment that I preferred AM - wrong ! 'Humbug' kicks it's butt and is the album that allowed AM to be made. I had sadly under rated this album for years , again my bad

So many killer tracks here: "Potion Approaching" , "Dangerous Animals" , "My Propeller" , "Pretty Visitors" .I love albums with swagger and attitude and Humbug delivers in spades

Simply outstanding
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From 12/27/2018 03:15
This is my least favorite album by them, It felt a bit leaking, and It didn't have that same feel as their previous albums did. Still It has it's moments like "Secret Door" that reminds us that this band is still the same one from "505".
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From 08/01/2018 13:54
Arctic Monkey are amazing and this album definitely isn't an exception. It's much slower and seductive than their previous 2 albums, especially songs like 'Crying Lightning' and 'Dangerous Animals'. 'Cornerstone' is also amazing and emotional. I love the fast delivery in the bridge of 'Pretty Visitors' too, definitely reminiscent of their early work.
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From 03/19/2018 02:40
I believe this is the most intelligent and artistic album the Arctic Monkeys have created. Both lyrically and instrumentally. This is a phenomenal album.
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