AOTY 2019
Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2009 Ratings: #140 / 851
Year End Rank: #25
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Based on 595 ratings
2009 Ratings: #83
August 25, 2009 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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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.

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?

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.

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
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.

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.

58
A.V. Club

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

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70
Arctic Monkeys' third album, while not being as infectious or moving as its two predecessors, still remains as a great work as a whole, with a change in style in comparison to their earlier work, featuring a more psychedelic, stoner and emotional sound instead of their classic indie sound, I didn't took so long for me to appreciate this album, I always digged the aesthetic and the sound of it, even if it's different and more moody than their other works.

Edit: got a bit old on me.
Plats
92
“Humbug” is a very deserving title for such a moody-sounding album. The new psychedelic/stoner rock direction presents some of the best songs the Arctic Monkeys have ever written. Alex Turner steals the show with his clever lyrics and vocal personality on top of Josh Homme’s great production.

Fav Tracks: Cornerstone, Crying Lightning, The Jeweller’s Hands, Secret Door, Dance Little Liar, My Propeller, Pretty Visitors

Least Fav Track: Fire And The ... read more
ricardomcr
80
This is my favorite from their indie-still phase, before they went full global phenomenom.
It has a very 'lads up to no good' feel to it, to me. Clever and humourous lyrics, good instrument play, well balanced production between all elements. Carries a lot of replay value with me.

GO LISTEN TO: Secret Door.
juansi24
93
1. My Propeller - 8.5
2. Crying Lightning - 9.5
3. Dangerous Animals - 7
4. Secret Door - 8.5
5. Potion Approaching - 7.5
6. Fire And The Thud - 8.5
7. Cornerstone - 9.5
8. Dance Little Liar - 10
9. Pretty Visitors - 8.5
10. The Jeweller's Hand - 9.5

OMG Josh Homme, I think you still don't know what you did.
MiaWatterson
89
Foools on paraaadeee
Best tracks: My Propeller
Crying Lightning
Dangerous Animals
Secret Door
Fire and the Thud
Cornerstone
Dance Little Liar
Pretty Visitors
Worst track:-
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Track List

  1. My Propeller 
  2. Crying Lightning 
  3. Dangerous Animals 
  4. Secret Door 
  5. Potion Approaching 
  6. Fire and the Thud 
  7. Cornerstone 
  8. Dance Little Liar 
  9. Pretty Visitors 
  10. The Jeweller’s Hands

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