- AM

Arctic Monkeys - AM
CRITIC SCORE
82
Based on 31 reviews
2013 Rank: #38 / 923
USER SCORE
78
Based on
550 ratings

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100
NME

Arctic Monkeys’ fifth record is absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of their career. It might also be the greatest record of the last decade.

100
No Ripcord

Ultimately, AM is the latest jewel in a crown that will continue to increase in value for a long time to come. It is flawless, and a true ascendance from boys to men.

92
Paste

The bitterness of these lyrics doesn’t bleed over into the music, thankfully. There, the Monkeys still sound as punchy and fiery as ever; they’ve just embraced a glammed-out rock sound that is as surprisingly comfortable as Turner’s slicked back ’do.

91
Entertainment Weekly

Led by Alex Turner’s cocksure vocals, AM mixes Velvet Underground melodies, Black Sabbath riffs, and playful grooves, and has fun doing it.

90
musicOMH

While the days of the indie dancefloor hits from their first two records may be long gone, the Arctic Monkeys we’re left with now are undoubtedly at the top of their game.

90
The Fly

Where ‘Suck It And See’ was crooned and swoonsome, ‘AM’ takes cooler cues from the band’s lives in California, tinged with the grooves of Dr Dre and West Coast hip-hop.

90
DIY

While the embryonic Monkeys were one of the most important acts around, all grown up they're Britain's best rock 'n roll band. 'AM' leaves nothing to debate.

90
God Is in the TV
Five albums in, they are still sounding fresh and whilst they never lacked for confidence on their début, they continue to ascend. Respect.
86
Sputnikmusic

AM is a very keen and well-referenced document in what being an international super-band means in this day and age; a scattergun mix of the best of both worlds.

86
Beats Per Minute

Arctic Monkeys started out as teens with sharp eyes and deep-seated cynicism reserved for those twice their age; they’ve evolved into one of the most interesting, enduring bands of the past decade.

85
The 405

The entire album, from first impressions, is near-perfect. Whether we'll still think so after a month, a year, the band's sixth record, a decade, remains to be seen. But for now, this is one of the best albums of the year.

83
A.V. Club

Although it doesn’t always measure up to its ambitions ... AM is easily Arctic Monkeys’ most realized record, and one that will further bridge the gaps for a band that began as bards for scruffy street tales.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

They’ve evolved certain factors of their sound and ventured into new territory, but AM is not so much a change of direction as it is an affirmation of all the musical elements that made the band exhilarating to begin with – inspired lyrics, screeching riffs and great melodies. 

80
Pitchfork

As they've gone from spastic punk, to doomed stoner rock, to sparkling guitar pop, to this new album's skinny-jeaned funk, Arctic Monkeys have stayed close to the spirit of their debut's title while minimizing its excess at the same time.

80
PopMatters

Whether conceptual or not, Arctic Monkeys’ fifth LP is a wonderfully cohesive and diverse album that fits together incredibly well.

80
AllMusic

This is vibrant, moody music that showcases a band growing ever stronger with each risk and dare they take.

80
The Skinny

The gradual move from spit-and-sawdust indie pop to a broader palette – a fuller sound – is a smart one.

80
Time Out London

Their fifth album possesses enough sexual dynamism to choke a horse. Combined with their Glastonbury-headlining swagger and exceptional musicianship, it makes for a dynamite LP and a reminder of why sex and rock ’n’ roll became linked in the first place.

80
Slant Magazine

Almost a decade into their career, the Arctic Monkeys have aged gracefully into their precociously world-weary image with a mature album about immaturity, a carefully written and produced effort about the desultory careen of youth. Wh

80
Clash

All of these stylistic inspirations make ‘AM’ an invigorating experience. It continues the band’s playful diversion from the Mojave-darkness of ‘Humbug’ that ‘Suck It And See’ heralded.

80
The Guardian

This fifth ... manages to connect those different directions – the muscular riffs of Humbug and the wistful pop of Suck It and See – with the bristling energy and sense of fun that propelled their initial recordings.

80
Uncut

AM ... feels a considerably more self-assured album: heavy in a dramatic and confident way, conceptually strong, and not without groove.

80
Mojo

This is exciting, audacious work from a band once again on the edge of a new future.

75
The Line of Best Fit

While it might not be the masterpiece some people are looking for from this band, it is nevertheless a more than worthy addition to their canon.

70
Spin

This is a transitional record, it's true: Turner's keen lyrical skills have outpaced the band's musical development, and the ultimate role of guitars (which aren't crucial here) has yet to be determined. But if you want expertly creeping unease, dive in.

70
Consequence of Sound

Their music is suddenly sexier, no doubt a credit to Turner’s vision for AM, and continues to mature. 

70
Rolling Stone

The Monkeys keep on evolving ... their fifth LP is this quintessentially English retro-rock band's most American-sounding record, especially rhythmically.

70
FasterLouder

If not a total revelation, it’s another periodic reminder of just how arresting a playful songwriter and a well-schooled rock band can sound together.

55
Under The Radar

It's impossible to compare today's Arctic Monkeys with its original incarnation. That was a band hungry for success. This one is starting to get a bit bloated. 

50
Drowned in Sound

For all the prowling masculinity in the music it’s a neutered, hollowed thing - too confessional, too shallow, too Route One. It’s an album of desperate grasping at adulthood, of spilt secrets and drinks.

nico
0
oh my even my deaf ear heard those terrible back vocals and disgusting guitar riffs
BuffaloStaple
72
What can I say, I dig this thing. I know it gets a lot of hate but I enjoy the direction they took with this album. There are undeniably some weak songs but overall I think it's pretty good.
50
tight shit, shitey vocals tho
90
Arctic Monkeys are Pink Floyding themselves. That is, their newer stuff is more well crafted, more meaningful, and more dark.
Dannyul
NR
I heard this record so many times in people's cars.
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DETAILS

September 9, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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# 1 - Q Magazine
# 9 - Rolling Stone
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# 16 - Slant
# 37 - Sputnikmusic
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# 2 - Time Out London
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Track List
  1. Do I Wanna Know?
  2. R U Mine?
  3. One for the Road
  4. Arabella
  5. I Want It All
  6. No. 1 Party Anthem
  7. Mad Sounds
  8. Fireside
  9. Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
  10. Snap Out Of It
  11. Knee Socks
  12. I Wanna Be Yours


Added on: June 24, 2013