Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
Critic Score
Based on 37 reviews
2009 Ratings: #143 / 895
Year End Rank: #27
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2009 Ratings: #123
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The 405

Although maybe desperate to escape the comfortable surroundings they find themselves in, Humbug is an as yet career defining showcase of a band that have never sounded more comfortable in their own skin. And it fucking rocks.

89
Paste
Alex Turner makes bid for Britpop greatness on his band’s best album yet.
80
Clash

The heroic vision of the Monkeys has culminated in a brooding and dauntingly dark album, which is, from start to finish, their strongest and most accomplished work to date.

80
Uncut

Arctic Monkeys were never comfortable as the ‘voice of a generation’. Humbug subtly shrugs off that unwanted mantle, and in the same deft movement, promises a much more interesting future.

80
The Observer

Suck it and see what you get: something a bit crunchier that's been boiled up with producer Josh Homme in the Mojave Desert, but with the sweetener of Alex Turner's words.

80
musicOMH

Let's be honest, the early signs were not good. Recording in the Mojave desert, talk of a 'heavier, rockier direction', early publicity photos sporting long hair and moustaches... were Arctic Monkeys turning into The Killers circa the Sam's Town era?

72
Pitchfork

Humbug isn't better than either of its predecessors, but it expands the group's range and makes me curious where it might go next.

70
Spectrum Culture

A Nick Cave-influenced Arctic Monkeys record. We’ve landed in Bizarro World, boyos, and it ain’t as bad as you think.

70
AllMusic

Humbug makes two things clear: Arctic Monkeys are serious about being in a band, about making music, and they are the first major British band in generations unencumbered by fear or spite for America.

58
A.V. Club

More often than not on Humbug, they sound like a less inspired version of themselves.

didyoufow
73

Brad was not correct

PipePanic
81

BAND BINGE: ARCTIC MONKEYS (PART 5IVE OF 12ELVE)

...Wait, THIS is the album that’s the most boring album to grace boringville? THIS?!

Maybe I should back up a bit and do some background before I delve deep. Last time we saw the British Boys, they were winning, and winning hard. Their explosive blend of punk, rock and pop sped past at unfathomable speeds on ‘Favorite Worst Nightmare’, and people were just starting to catch up. More beady eyes were on Arctic Monkeys than ever ... read more

BradTasteMusic
48

This album doesn’t deliver anything that I wouldn’t get from a different artist. Alex Turner manages to ruin every song he is on with awful vocals, really unfocused lyrics and emotions, and just a dry overall presence

The only thing saving this album is some cool riffs or breakdowns occasionally. That’s literally it

This is a small review in comparison to my full 40 minute reaction. I thought my reaction was hilarious and even if you disagree with my opinion please check it ... read more

Sea_Bassist
100

The only bad thing about Humbug is its sound mixing, which can get a tad messy at times but it's still Arctic Monkeys' best album and my favourite album of all time.

lindmacintosh_
89

Their experimental side is actually really captivating

Favourite Tracks: Crying Lighting, Cornerstone, The Jeweller's Hands
Worst Track: Fire and The Thud

sushie
99

My favourite Arctic Monkeys record. It's slower than the previous two but compensates with incredible effects that go well with Alex's vocals. There simply are no bad songs on here.

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