Arctic Monkeys - AM
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Based on 42 reviews
2013 Ratings: #81 / 1098
Year End Rank: #9
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2013 Ratings: #268
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This is vibrant, moody music that showcases a band growing ever stronger with each risk and dare they take.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.


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

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.

Spectrum Culture

Some of the early accolades may have been premature, but with AM there’s little room to deny that Arctic Monkeys have evolved.


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.


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

The Independent

AM issues lubricious R&B; come-ons over a self-assured narrative arc with personality and open potential cannily spliced.


It's a bloody great album that's lightyears ahead of all of their post-Libertine indie peers, it just doesn't feel brave enough for a band with so much bravado.

The Observer

While AM isn't the decade-defining classic some are proclaiming, it is never less than fascinating.

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

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.

The Skinny

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


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.


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

The Irish Times

AM hits the mark every time. Warm and distinctive, it's the sound of a band that changes subtly with each record yet still manages to retain enough originality and suss to engender respect as well as envy.

Q Magazine

AM continues a pattern, then: every couple of years, the Monkeys make a great album, sounding tighter and more telepathic with each release.

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.

Rolling Stone

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


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.

Consequence of Sound

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


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.

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. 

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.

Northern Transmissions

There are some decent beats and guitar riffs but other than a couple of songs, it’s a gigantic miss.

The Needle Drop

While some may find the band's easygoing rock instrumentation and singer-songwriter Alex Turner's supposedly clever and humorous lyricism to be entertaining, AM is just another move closer toward making the most cold, calculated, and tame rock music imaginable.


I get it, but that doesn’t make it good. This is everything Arctic Monkeys was heading towards... and in a couple of spots it worked... but overall this album is just unbelievable dull. It’s hard to find anything engaging about this album.

I have 53 minutes online of footage of me talking about this so I will keep this short.


too many bops for me not to love it


I can't believe that more than half of these songs have over 100 million streams on Spotify, I mean I used to enjoy this when I got into ''indie'' in 2018 but I really can't stand it anymore. It's just so boring, dull, and uninspired to me. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhh


What a dull and soulless record. I can’t believe this is the same band who made Whatever people say I am that’s what I’m not. This is so boring wow. This is everything they were heading towards, in a few ways worked but it just doesn’t do the record any justice. What a boring and soulless listen.

PS- why’d u only call we when ur high is one of the good songs here and here and there, there are some decent tracks but as an album it’s just so boring. Some ... read more


I actually really like this album, it's so massive and popular for a reason. It's not my favorite Arctic Monkeys album, but it's up there. The first few songs are great, but the middle does have filler in there like 'One for the Road' or I Want it All.' I'm also not crazy on 'I Wanna Be Yours', however besides that the album is great and has so many bangers. It proves that even with the tame lyrics and what not, it's an amazing album. 85/100 Favorite Tracks: R U Mine, WYOCMWYH, Knee Socks


My least favourite Monkeys record. It has a couple of good songs and that's about it. They didn't bring anything new or interesting to the table. I get why it's popular but it's just eh.

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Added on: June 24, 2013