Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Critic Score
Based on 43 reviews
2018 Ratings: #559 / 877
Year End Rank: #14
User Score
2018 Ratings: #475
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Q Magazine
It's a strange, wonderful album, one that almost feels like Arctic Monkeys have embarked on their own full-band side-project.
81
Pitchfork
Arctic Monkeys’ daring sixth album is a left-turn if ever there was one, but the way Alex Turner swaps witty sleaze for absurdist suave makes it a totally bemusing and fascinating listen.
80
NME

This record feels a lot like gazing into the night sky. At first it’s completely overwhelming ... But when the constellations show through, you’ll realise that it’s a product of searingly intelligent design.

80
God Is in the TV

Anyone expecting another AM, or more songs about taxi ranks and shit nightclubs, is going to be disappointed. Anyone wanting to hear a sad, funny, wordy and imaginative album about paranoia and alienation, however, is in for a treat.

80
Spectrum Culture
The result is a brand-reinventing excursion, a loose concept album full of quirky tangents, quotable lyrics and a startling paucity of tasty riffage.
80
PopMatters
The first listen may be surprising, but repeated listens illuminate that Arctic Monkeys remain progressive and energetic even when style and mood shift dramatically.
80
The Observer

Once you ditch the notion that AM’s successor should rock like it, and give yourself up to rolling around in the psyche of one of our very greatest songwriters like an olive in a martini, then it’s a riveting and immersive listen – an album-bomb dropped without preceding singles, re-emphasising the importance of a cohesive work, rather than a shuffled, Spotified deconstruction.

80
FLOOD Magazine

Should Arctic Monkeys remain cozily in that era forever, no one should fault them. And yet, unlike many nauseatingly nostalgic acts today, it never sounds pastiche.

80
Mojo
All in all, the Monkeys' sixth long-player is a bold move.
80
The Telegraph

The music is stark and edgy, with inflections from doo-wop and heavy rock. Songs are ephemeral, and not easy to decipher without listening to them repeatedly.

80
The Independent

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino feels more like an interlude between AM and a seventh Arctic Monkeys album – a delve into the bizarre, where even the Steinway has its own character.

80
Exclaim!

Before you write this off as exhausting or pretentious self-indulgence, give it a listen or two. Peruse the lyrics, dissect them and have a laugh. Commitment isn't as scary as you think.

78
Sputnikmusic

Even for a band who've managed to reinvent themselves more or less with every album, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino sees the Sheffield lads match pace with Turner's lyrics to take a dive down the rabbit hole.

75
Clash

Whilst your first few visits to the ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ may feel alien and unwelcoming, you will gravitate ever closer to its shimmering outer-space treasures with each stay.

75
The 405

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is at its best when the indulgences and luxuries of the setting are celebrated.

70
Under The Radar
It's true to say that, as a result of this album, Arctic Monkeys now have as many good-to-great albums as they do mediocre ones, and that this is down to this record's consistency and overall sense of setting.
70
Loud and Quiet

This is a record that is massively of-a-piece, that glides by at a deliberate pace, and on which any given individual track wouldn’t work outside of the musical context that the others around it provide it.

70
Drowned in Sound
It’s not the Arctic Monkeys you might expect, and living inside Alex Turner’s identity crisis can be an occasionally uncomfortable experience, but give it some time and this sixth album reveals itself as one of the most interesting of the band’s career.
70
AllMusic
At a glance, it's impressive, but the slipshod details reveal themselves upon close inspection.
70
Slant Magazine

The album is audacious in its conceptual conceit, challenging expectations established through the boozy nightlife anthems of the band's earlier work with an experimental approach that's contemplative and unrepentantly abstruse.

67
Consequence of Sound

Easily the weirdest record in the band’s catalog, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is a fun, flawed aberration (at least, for now).

60
The Skinny

There is some lyrical filler here – Turner sometimes seems to free-associate sounds the way Basement Tapes-era Dylan would, waiting until the slant-rhymes lead him to something profound – but at its best Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino offers an unprecedentedly personal look at Turner’s experience.

60
DIY

Written and recorded in a large part by the singer alone in his LA studio, it’s all either genius or the sound of a man unravelling.

60
The Guardian

At turns thrilling, smug, clever and oddly cold, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is only a qualified success.

60
Dork
Undoubtedly an album of quality and depth, it takes repeated listens to not hang on for that one earworm moment. In the traditional sense, we’d call ‘Tranquility Base…’ a grower.
60
musicOMH
When the Arctic Monkeys’ career comes to be reappraised, this album could be seen as an outlier, or the start of their next phase. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but sometimes, dividing an audience is exactly what you need to do.
58
Pretty Much Amazing

Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino is the best possible kind of average record, one that goes out swinging. One that goes for it on every level. A record that, although it isn’t great by any typical metric, is extremely curious and entertaining.

50
The Line of Best Fit

Despite the huge burden of expectation, Turner and co. sound cocksure on TBH&C. Sadly, this doesn’t equate to anything resembling brilliance.

50
A.V. Club

Although Turner cranks up the rakish charm, in the form of falsetto (“Golden Trunks”) and Morrissey-esque, clenched-jaw self-effacement (“She Looks Like Fun”), the album feels unmoored and even plodding due to a lack of structure.

50
The Needle Drop

With Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, Arctic Monkeys aim for an admirably weird space-age lounge sound, but often the execution leaves something to be desired.

50
No Ripcord

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino will be written off as a daring diversion for the Arctic Monkeys, a bold career move that deliberately spells out commercial suicide. It's not the first time a band of this stature chooses to find their confidence by taking it slow. But neither is it too daring or too unhinged; in fact, sans the slower, more methodical tempos, many of the songs still fall under their common pairing of doo-wop chord progressions and piercing guitars.

40
Rolling Stone

Arctic Monkeys are a great band who've made a ton of good music and in the tradition of lodestars like Cohen, Bowie or Lou Reed, who certainly weren't without making the occasional ill-considered left turn, they've tried a stylistic change up that doesn't quite work. No shame in that. Sometimes restless artistry has a price.

40
Northern Transmissions
Whilst it matters not that guitars have taken a back seat on ‘TBHC’ ... 11 tracks of tepid lounge-pop that veers towards elevator jazz means the four-piece’s next installment is remarkably underwhelming.
KIDWITHGUNs
87

You don't like this album?

Sucks for you... this thing is AMAZING!

MrMclainy
92

1st listen: “this is shit”
6th listen: “this is the shit”

My relationship with this band is extremely rocky to say the least, but this is the monkey boys’ magnum opus.

I can totally understand why anyone would take a bite of this and projectile vomit on the nearest family member. It’s such a radical departure from anything this band has done, and maybe will ever do, and that’s a large contributing factor in why I love this record so much. It’s ... read more

davecoop18
86

EDIT: I like this better than AM. Both have a distinct theme, but I feel this has stronger song writing overall. Ironically I think they compliment each other on each song better than any of their previous albums, considering Alex pretty much wrote this whole thing. I think the biggest complaint you can have would be the lyrics. They're pretty bold and all over the place, but after a few listens I began to dig it.

Favorite Tracks: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, Star Treatment, She Looks ... read more

Xabiertxu06
70

Fav Tracks: Star Treatment, American Sports, Four Out of Five, She Looks Like Fun

Worst Tracks: The World's First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip, Batphone

sendoa
100

La verdad que esta dirección que han tomado los Arctic Monkeys me encanta y yo lo prefiero a su anterior estilo.
Todo en este álbum me ha encantado y creo que lo estaré escuchando por bastante tiempo.

Cake_Person
100

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Added on: April 5, 2018