Arctic Monkeys ‎– Favourite Worst Nightmare

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1 Brianstorm 2:50
2 Teddy Picker 2:43
3 D Is For Dangerous 2:16
4 Balaclava 2:49
5 Fluorescent Adolescent
Lyrics By – Bennett*
2:57
6 Only Ones Who Know
Guitar [Additional] – James Ford
3:02
7 Do Me A Favour 3:27
8 This House Is A Circus 3:09
9 If You Were There, Beware 4:34
10 The Bad Thing 2:23
11 Old Yellow Bricks
Lyrics By – McClure*
3:11
12 505
Guitar [Additional] – Miles Kane
4:13

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℗&© 2007 Domino Recording Co Ltd
Made in the EU.

All tracks published by EMI Music Publishing.
Except tracks 5/11: Published by EMI Music Publishing/Copyright Control.

Mixed at Assault and Battery Studios, London.
Recorded at Miloco Garden, London, Eastcote Studios, London, Motor Museum, Liverpool and Konk Studios, London.
Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York.
Photography at Mills Media.

Trifold digi with booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 5 034202 018827
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5034202018827
  • Label Code: LC10192
  • Matrix / Runout: WIGCD 188 - SP
  • Mastering SID Code (Variations 1, 2, 4 to 6): IFPI LK46
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 1): IFPI 5M10
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 2): IFPI 5M02
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 3): IFPI 5M03
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 4): IFPI 5M09
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 5): IFPI 5M08
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 6): IFPI 5M05

Other Versions (5 of 41) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WIGCD188 Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare(CDr, Promo, Album) Domino WIGCD188 UK 2007 Sell This Version
534467-1 Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Domino USA 534467-1 US 2013 Sell This Version
WIGLP188 Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare(LP, Album, RE) Domino WIGLP188 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
none Arctic Monkeys Wash And Go Album(CDr, Album, Copy Prot., Promo) Domino none US 2007 Sell This Version
WIGCD188A Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare(CD, Album, Dig) Domino WIGCD188A Thailand 2007 Sell This Version

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ajfenwick

ajfenwick

May 9, 2015
Love them or loathe them for it, the biggest selling point with the Arctic Monkeys has always been their ability to paint sardonic portraits with the smut and scum that lines the gutters of their native Sheffield. With success however, comes the irony that in order to sell big they inevitably get elevated above those fusty hangouts. The Strokes fucked it up, but with their similarly rush-released second offering, Arctic Monkeys appear to have it pegged.

Although the mardy bums, scummy men, riot vans and dreams of naughtiness which littered their debut have been replaced with a more contemplative take on teenage ennui, for the most part it's business as usual - the quartet serving up tales of youthful joy and trepidation whether their protagonists are sobering up outside a Barnsley kebab house at 4am or ingesting a fist of grade A toot courtesy of daddy's plastic.

Sound-wise, 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' is less pop and more punk; less melodious but more urgent. With their intense build-up and releases bolstered by a newfound dark and acerbic layer, the album sees the band moving on from the Libertines-aping chord structures of their debut and pushing in new directions, most noticeably on the surf-guitar balladry of 'Only Ones Who Know' and the rubbery funk of 'D Is For Dangerous'.

With the burden of holding the record for the fastest selling debut album of all time on their shoulders, you can occasionally sense the band's acknowledgment that they need to make a good follow up, but the strain of expectation isn't made too obvious, and it's often used to their advantage. Indeed, on 'Teddy Picker' the self-awareness is channelled into a dark yet jaunty desert rock charged with a sense of knowing danger. An attack on the absurdity of celebrity culture, the track aptly announces the band's position on refusing to whore themselves out, and is skilfully placed alongside 'Brianstorm', the chorus-free take on their time spent wondering what to say to a backstage interloper.

Despite being heralded by some as the heir to the wordy crown of Morrissey, Alex Turner's lyrical output, until now, has been largely overrated - charming and occasionally funny, but rarely poetic or daring. On 'Fluorescent Adolescent', however, the singer's detached lyrical way works wonders when describing the sexual proclivities of a dried-up thirty-something. "She likes her gentleman to be gentle/Was it a Mecca dobber or a betting pencil?" he asks, with the simple, sleazy northern innuendo sketched infinitely sharper than a million Kaiser Chiefs or Maximo Parks.

On 'This House Is A Circus' the frontman coats small town frustrations with a Hollywood sheen singing "We're forever unfulfilled/And can't think why/Like a search for murder clues/In a dead man's eyes" - the celluloid cadence continuing on 'If You Were There, Beware', with its spectral piano line and cadaverous delivery.

With his generous - and occasionally grating - use of the words ‘sunshine' and ‘darling' Turner is a dab hand at being condescending, but on lounge-paced album closer '505' we discover he doesn't have all the answers. Instead, the track sees him open and insecure, with endless months on the road revealing a previously unseen honesty in the singer. With young lust replaced by yearning romance, it's a genuinely touching climax to an album that sees Arctic Monkeys - in the absence of any truly great pop band - remaining Britain's sharpest sonic prospect.