Arctic Monkeys

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino


As far as opening lines go: "I just wanted to be one of The Strokes, now look, at the mess you made me make" is quite a statement. Welcome to Arctic Monkeys' concept album.

In his most spectacular lyrics yet, Alex Turner gives the grand tour around a seedy, 1970s-era hotel in space. Arctic Monkeys are the house band as we meet the vain guests staying there.

Four Out Of Five is set on its rooftop restaurant where Turner seems to mock Tripadvisor reviews and lament about gentrification on the moon.

In one of his more unsubtle references, Turner sings "the leader of the free world reminds you of a wrestler wearing tight golden trunks".

This album is a total departure from AM's slick blend of R&B hooks and fuzzy guitars. Whilst it is a lyrical puzzle, musically it is all inclusive.

Turner's grandiose prose is darkly crooned like Nick Cave over piano-led tracks. Subtle bass grooves and sinister electric organ create the ambience of a creepy hotel reception.

There is a genius at work. Do not disturb.

Andrew Arthur