Arctic Monkeys - AM

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AM is the fifth studio album by the English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys, released in September 2013 via Domino Records.

Formed in Sheffield, England, in 2002, the Arctic Monkeys consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar), Matt Helders (drums, vocals), Jamie Cook (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, piano) and Nick O'Malley (bass, backing vocals). Former band member Andy Nicholson (bass guitar, backing vocals) left the band in 2006 shortly after their debut album was released.

The band have won seven Brit Awards - winning both Best British Group and Best British Album three times, and have been nominated for three Grammy Awards. They also won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for their debut album, in addition to receiving nominations in 2007 and 2013. The band have headlined at the Glastonbury Festival twice, first in 2007, and again in 2013.

The band's musical style often falls under the umbrella of indie rock, with a key part of the band's sound being lead singer and frontman Alex Turner's intricate and often rapidly delivered lyrics, sung in a strong Sheffield accent. A large part of their iconic British sound is credited to the punk poet John Cooper Clarke from whom the Arctic Monkeys borrowed lyrics and the title from in "I Wanna Be Yours".

AM was recorded between August 2012 and June 2013 at Sage & Sound Recording in Los Angeles, and Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California, and was produced by James Ford and Ross Orton. The album draws inspiration from various musical genres, including psychedelic rock, blues rock, hard rock, heavy metal, desert rock, R&B, soul, and hip hop.  Frontman Alex Turner cited Outkast, Aaliyah, and Black Sabbath as influences, while guitarist Jamie Cook cited The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars as an inspiration for the album, saying that it was one of the only albums they listened to while recording AM.

Arctic Monkeys took a different approach to recording AM in comparison to their previous album, Suck It and See, incorporating new instruments to record the album, including pianos, organs, a Hohner Guitaret, and a vintage drum machine. Recording was done differently as well, with producer James Ford stating that instead of the "live" recording technique of the previous album, this album was recorded mainly with bass guitar and drums laid down first with emphasis on groove. Helder's drum kit was often set up in unconventional ways to achieve different sounds. Guest musicians Bill Ryder-Jones, Pete Thomas, and Josh Homme also featured on the album.

The album received critical acclaim from music critics and featured in many end of year lists as one of the best of 2013. It was nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize for best album, hailed the Best Album of 2013 by NME magazine, and featured at number 449 on NME's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Commercially, AM has become one of Arctic Monkeys' most successful albums to date, topping charts in several countries, and reaching top ten positions in many more. In the United Kingdom, Arctic Monkeys broke a record with AM, becoming the first independent-label band to debut at number one in the UK with their first five albums.

The album has also been recognised as one of the best-selling vinyl albums of the decade, selling more than 27,000 units.

The albums release was promoted by the release of 6 singles: "R U Mine?", "Do I Wanna Know?", "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?", "One for the Road", "Arabella", and "Snap Out of It".

This album is a 2020 repressing on black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with a printed insert and download code, pressed in Europe via Domino.

(8878280311719)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Do I Wanna Know?

4:32

A2

R U Mine?

3:21

A3

One For The Road

3:26

A4

Arabella

3:27

A5

I Want It All

3:05

A6

No.1 Party Anthem

4:03

B1

Mad Sounds

3:25

B2

Fireside

3:01

B3

Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?

2:41

B4

Snap Out Of It

3:13

B5

Knee Socks

4:17

B6

I Wanna Be Yours

3:04

SKU 8878280311719
Record Label Domino
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number WIGLP317
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 01 January 2020
Original Release Date (Year) 09 September 2013
Barcode # 8878280311719
Shipping Weight 0.3500kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Insert, Download Code, Repress
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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