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Suck It & See

Arctic Monkeys

Suck It & See

Fourth album from the Sheffield indie rock quartet recorded in LA produced by James Ford

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  1. 9.0 |   NME

    Unique, sophisticated and strangely timeless pop music
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  2. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Suck It And See isn’t just their best since their debut – it’s their best yet
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  3. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    The best British Rock 'n' Roll album you will hear this year
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  4. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    An almost seamless step forward, reaffirming the notion that the band’s shelf life is probably much longer than initially estimated
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  5. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Another intriguing evolution for one of the country's great bands, and a shot in the arm for Britain's rather moribund 'indie guitar' scene
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  6. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Contains truly superb pop moments in abundance
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  7. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The Arctic Monkeys clear the tricky fourth album hurdle with practiced ease, delivering their best, most cohesive full-length since Whatever…
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  8. 8.0 |   BBC

    Further evidence that Arctic Monkeys are still Britain’s best guitar band
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  9. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Alex Turner and his bandmates are clearly expanding their abilities and getting better at focusing their fire with every release. The result may purposely evade the sublime, but it transcends the snide as well
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  10. 8.0 |   DIY

    Packed to the rafters with Generation XX's Official Poet Laureate, Alex Turner's trademark caustic lyrics, whilst Jamie Cook throws out some guitar shapes that Johnny Marr himself would be proud of
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  11. 8.0 |   AU Review

    Positive proof that Arctic Monkeys have evolved into everything you want them to be
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  12. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Arctic Monkeys ... roar back to melodic life
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  13. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    If not their best, surely their most sure- footed and ambitious
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  14. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    An increasingly well-rounded rock band
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  15. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    If Arctic Monkeys are no longer our biggest band, this confirms them as one of our best
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  16. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Some of the alluring classicism of his [Alex Turner] Last Shadow Puppets side-project has carried through into the Arctic Monkeys proper
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  17. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    Finds the correct balance between British veneer and American grunt, with excellent results
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  18. 8.0 |   Spin

    Four albums in, and they've hit a remarkable mid-career groove that most bands their age will never see
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  19. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's their best since that "untouchable" debut. Print edition only

  20. 8.0 |   Q

    It's the sound of a band drawing back the curtains and letting the sunshine in. Print edition only

  21. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    Now there's something you don't see every blog-second: a group that grew up too fast, aging gracefully
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  22. 7.0 |   Prefix

    The band is working towards something, more fragments of which are presented here; and watching them piece together their destiny is fascinating
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  23. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    By the impeccably high standards they've set so far it ranks as a good rather than great album
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  24. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    One of our most interesting and frequently brilliant pop bands
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  25. 7.0 |   Blurt

    It isn't completely there, but when listening to it, you sure can hear the giants rumbling just beyond the horizon
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  26. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    This is the band's best since its 2006 debut, with punchy, punky burners, grand ballads, and, throughout, wit
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  27. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    It's a very efficient, well-crafted record that makes them sound much older than need be
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  28. 6.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    There is nothing particularly wrong with this record, but nothing that sounds just right either
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  29. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    There are no apparent potential rivals for I'll Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, but then there's more to Arctic Monkeys than whimsical indie rock soundbites
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  30. 6.0 |   Bowlegs

    We do miss the edgy upstarts that caught our attention on the dance floor
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  31. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The thrills on Suck It and See are muted – lovelorn, crafted, elegantly played, but somehow unelectrifying
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  32. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A more considered and almost epic-sounding stadium-style rockout
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  33. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Sounds like a talented band who made a record, not just because they can but also because they had to
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  34. 6.0 |   Clash

    There’s a distinct lack of hooks on ‘Suck It And See’, and the Monkeys’ celebrated mischievousness is only really apparent in the lyrics - it’s never fully unleashed in the music
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  35. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Full of beautiful tunes, beautifully played and beautifully produced
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  36. 6.0 |   State

    An album full of big choruses, major keys and conventional pop formulae
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  37. 6.0 |   The Fly

    With an overarching emphasis on melodies of 60s groups such as The Beatles or The Monkees – it makes for great moments but none that bottle your breath
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  38. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Riffs and lyrics that don't really withstand more than the most cursory inspection
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  39. 5.0 |

    While this isn't a bad album by any definition of the word, it could just have been so much better
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  40. 4.2 |   A.V. Club

    Turner never recaptures his old charm
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