Arctic Monkeys – ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ | Classic Record Review

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Taking a look back at one of the best ever albums from Arctic Monkeys


After 13 years many albums get forgotten and lost into the black hole. So what makes Favourite Worst Nightmare by the Arctic Monkeys a truly iconic album that has passed the test of time  Fronted by lead singer and guitarist Alex Turner,  Favourite Worst Nightmare is the second studio album by the band, the album went x3 platinum and sold over 1,000,000 copies in the UK. 

Favourite Worst Nightmare Definitely had a change being described as “very very fast and very very loud”  in comparison to the band’s debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. This album starts off with the hurricane which is ‘Brianstorm’. This song is a confirmation of the band’s change in style. One of the bands most memorable guitar riffs. These powerful guitar riffs have become a common theme throughout the Arctic Monkeys catalogue. 

Following this is ‘Teddy Picker‘, one of my personal favourites. Alex’s ability of catchy hook writing really comes through on this track. This song represents Arctic Monkeys at their finest. The song from the album that did the best amongst a wider audience is ‘Fluorescent Adolescent‘. The British sense of humour in the lyrics is a perfect fit for Turner’s voice.  

I think an honourable mention on this album is ‘The Bad Thing’ an underrated song in my opinion. You get a lot for 2 minutes. A fun and energising song, with unpredictable drum patterns.  “I knew how could she not, she could have anyone she wants, and I’m struggling to think of an immediate response” roles off the tongue and is another example of Turner’s superior lyric writing  

505‘ is a slower side to the album, a slow melody and a steady progression. Alex Turner’s emotional vocal sets the tone for the song. This song is a perfect example of the Romantic Tension that the Arctic Monkeys bring with their music. 

Overall this album got the Arctic Monkeys through the dreaded second album syndrome and was the first sign that they were here to stay. Favourite worst nightmare gave the band a more mature and risk-taking sound they are known for today.

Words by Holly Sawal

Treat yourself and go back and listen to this gem of an album below!

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