Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino


Arctic Monkeys

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

CD/LP Domino

Out Now

Louder Than War Bomb Rating 4



In his first piece for Louder Than War – Jack Walsh gives us his verdict on the new Arctic Monkeys album.

We have been on a long journey with the band Arctic Monkeys over the years. Some may say it has taken us on a crash course, saying that they have only declined, going from their traditional indie rock roots to what someone would put simply ‘elevator music’.

I believe that it has only deepened my love for the band.

Since their first album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not they have continually re-written their formula, given us the audience a view into the madhouse of Alex Turner and his artistic lyrical genies.

Starting off with the first line ‘I just wanted to be one of the Strokes’ we see how a transformative experience from simply watching a band you hold dear, can lead to the influencing of your very own creation. Did Alex really think that after watching The Strokes live in 2002 he’d be releasing his 6th studio album 12 years later? Probably not. I know what I was thinking 12 years ago, how can we make the school clock move faster?…

Obviously, we had different thoughts at the time. Speaking of which, going back to my original point at the start of this review, I briefly touched on how not everyone might not be fond of their new diverse style of music. Not everyone can be pleased, that’s just a statement of fact. Maybe it’s just because we aren’t as young as we were when we first listened to singles like I bet you look good on the dance floor and Dancing Shoes. But though, is that honestly a bad thing? We all need to grow up someday right? We aren’t the individuals who stand on dance floors trying to relive our youths to the simply put crowd pleasers that every DJ will have in their selection. We’re the generation who should accept that all ties from their humble beginnings have now been cut and we can finally enjoy Alex in the limelight he well and truly deserves.

Now I’m not saying that the release doesn’t take subtle hints from previous albums, far from it. Humbug has a distant feel to singles Science Fiction and Batphone whilst Golden Trucks has the brooding and raw guitar riffs similar to tracks from their previous record ‘AM’.

Fans of Alex Turner’s and Miles Kane’s ‘The Last Shadow Puppets’ will be hit with familiar settings to The Dream Synopsis EP and album release ‘Everything You’ve come to Expect’. Everything you hear screams 60’s/70’s nostalgia with piano keys flying, vocal harmonies and jazz taking over, whilst the roars of electric guitars which infused their earlier records are nonexistent, simply playing as decoration in the background. Again, is this a bad thing? Definitely not.

Are they making the music for the fans? Or are they making music in which they can express themselves the most? Why not come and join these four musicians in their defined hotel and casino and find out for yourselves? Sit back and venture into the self-directed ballet of The Ultracheese and listen to the most ambitious album Alex Turner has written to date.

You can either accept the new direction of the ever-growing Arctic Monkeys and join us in this luxury resort, knowing we got the album we deserved. Or you can try to cling on to that youth of decade-old music in your local bar, singing along to whatever is playing on the karaoke machine, humming the tune to Mardy Bum thinking ‘what the hell ever happened?’.

I’ll be joining them on that rocket to the check-in lobby, will you?


This is Jack’s first post for Louder Than War – Jack Walsh is at Outlast Photography who’s also on Facebook and Twitter 

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  1. I think the issue is there’s too much attention and exposure for this band when I know loads of bands that are releasing incredible albums that louder than war have never covered.

    There will always be ‘fans’ who go off their band when they change and then there will be ‘Fans’ who it doesn’t matter if their band released an album of farts but honestly who gives a Shit.

    It’s an average album by an overhyped group and it sounds like the shit Turner did with his vanity project with Miles Kane.

    It’s turgid and is self indulgent but in the most boring kind – not the Bowie kind!

    Turner is not a genius.

    The word genius is bandied around too easily.

    If you want to talk modern genius then let’s discuss Anton Newcombe.

    Also as a side note – this is a very blandly written review and it would also be nice if LTW branched our a bit more. I’m off to the Fuzz Club Festival in Holland in August which has an incredible line up of some of the most exciting modern bands around ( Black angels, Spectrum, Cult of dom keller) but LTW probably won’t mention any of these bands as it’s too busy back slapping another pub rock-lite band.

    • mmmm I think you will find we cover lots of new bands – hundreds of them but you are to busy reading about Arctic Monkeys to notice – this is the amusing thing – people complain about big bands and have no interest in new bands.

  2. Would that be this Anton Newcombe (httpss://, or this one (httpss:// or this one (httpss://…or any one of the other article from the 4 pages of links that come up when searching this site for Mr Newcombe? Any music site should cover both new and established acts and the release of this album after 5 years have passed should be covered. A cursory glance through the releases covered on LTW throws up new artist after new artist and the coverage given to lesser-known bands certainly outweighs that given to established acts.


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