Humbug

~ Release group by Arctic Monkeys

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Humbug (made in Japan)Arctic MonkeysCD12
  • JP2009-08-19
Hostess Entertainment Unlimited., Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)HSE-10090, WIGCD220J4582214504551
HumbugArctic MonkeysDigital Media10
  • GB2009-08-20
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)WIG220D
Humbug (iTunes bonus track version)Arctic MonkeysDigital Media11
  • -2009-08-23
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)
HumbugArctic Monkeys12" Vinyl10
  • GB2009-08-24
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)WIGLP2205034202022015
HumbugArctic MonkeysCD10
  • GB2009-08-24
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)WIGCD2205034202022022
HumbugArctic MonkeysCD10
  • GB2009-08-24
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)WIGCD220S5034202022091
HumbugArctic Monkeys12" Vinyl10
  • US2009-08-25
Domino (USA - DNO cat #s)LP-DNO-237801390023712
HumbugArctic MonkeysCD10
  • US2009-08-25
Domino (USA - DNO cat #s)DNO-237801390023729
HumbugArctic MonkeysCD10
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)WIGCD220PH4800635021120
Humbug (iTunes bonus track version)Arctic MonkeysDigital Media11
  • DE2009-09-28
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)
HumbugArctic MonkeysCD10
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)WIGCD2205099930728325
HumbugArctic MonkeysCD10
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)WIGCD220OZ5099968623227
HumbugArctic MonkeysCD10
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.), Soyuz Music (Союз Мьюзик)WIGCD220R4601250364506
HumbugArctic MonkeysCD12
  • JP2011-06-01
Hostess Entertainment Unlimited.HSE-101154582214507484

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Crying Lightning
My Propeller
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/172482 [info]
reviews:http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4137566-first-listen--arctic-monkeys-humbug [info]
http://www.clashmusic.com/reviews/arctic-monkeys-humbug [info]
http://www.nme.com/reviews/arctic-monkeys/10775 [info]
http://www.the-fly.co.uk/words/reviews/album-reviews/5735/arctic-monkeys [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/9ww6 [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000826774 [info]
Wikidata:Q1137576 [info]

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Put aside all thoughts of imminent backlash immediately, as Humbug is Arctic Monkeys' most enjoyably complete album to date.

Recorded in part with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme in the Californian desert, while it lacks the hook-laden immediacy of previous collections, Humbug embraces the true nature of album-craft by sequencing ten tracks in such a way that coherence and consistency bind constituent pieces into a single, enjoyably sombre whole.

Melancholic overtones permeate even the brightest Alex Turner lyricism. His voice is heavier than before, confident that songs about popping down the local corner shop and asking a girl out aren't guaranteed to maintain the group's success. A wise move, especially as said approach has been reduced to cliche by pale imitators.

Homme's presence is felt in the solid, rugged mix, yet stoner vibes are conspicuous by their absence, nary a waft of weed smoke manifesting itself aurally. As for the reported Hendrix and Cream influences: while the band is indulging in a depth of sound previously unplumbed, songs remain loaded with a mischievous, at times malevolent energy.

Penultimate track Pretty Visitors is particularly unsettling: "What came first, the chicken or the d***?" spits Turner, as Circus of Horrors organs are split asunder by some truly tumultuous drumming from Matt Helders. It's one of many indicators on Humbug that Arctic Monkeys are actively moving away from the sound that launched a hundred would-be acts in their wake. Kitchen-sink poetry's replaced by rampant analogies, characters of the everyday transformed into otherworldly denizens with wicked intentions.

Turner still spills syllables rather too swiftly at times - Secret Door would benefit from a little lexical restraint - but largely a slow-and-steady approach prevails, mirrored by the music's assured shuffle. Fire and the Thud is a good example of the band's sprightly past tempered by their present penchant for laid-back, blues-touched riffs. Lead single Crying Lightning also showcases a newfound swagger - less raw-knuckled front, more funk-kissed fuzz-bass serving as the backbone for some delightful fret wandering.

If there's one fact to be presented through all this subjectivity, it's that Arctic Monkeys have grown up: here, they incorporate elements of rock'n'roll past to fuel a very modern affair, and that it manages to sound completely unique is testament indeed to Turner and company's cultivated creative nous.