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Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare Review

Updated: Jan 13

Favourite Worst Nightmare flexes Arctic Monkeys' considerable songwriting and musical muscle with a confidence that sets the group apart from their UK rock peers⁣.⁣

The band found new emotional depth on songs like breakup anthem "Do Me a Favour", which climbs patiently from baggy drums to a searing, guitar-led crescendo. Gradually shifting from the man's perspective to the woman's, he concludes, "How to tear apart the ties that bind?/ Perhaps 'fuck off' might be too kind,"⁣ the drum-less and bass-less "Only One Who Knows" is another big step forward for the band, taking a more deliberate, atmospheric view of a dying relationship: "They made it far too easy to believe/ That true romance can't be achieved these days."⁣⁣

The Instrumentation on Favourite Worst Nightmare stands out still

The throttling playing of drummer Matt Helders has been a big part of Arctic Monkeys' appeal since the beginning. I think he really shines on this album, especially during a thick bass groove on the Dr. Suessian "This House Is a Circus", four-on-the-floor beat on "Old Yellow Bricks", or repetitive fuzz-tone guitar jerkiness on fast-paced "If You Were There, Beware". ⁣⁣

If Favourite Worst Nightmare is notably lacking something, it's another song like the debut's standout, "A Certain Romance". Arctic Monkeys may no longer belong to their old world of kids wearing "knackered Converse", drinking underage, and getting accosted by bouncers, but they're still too boldly tuneful not to find yourself rooting for them.⁣⁣

Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare FAQ:

When was "Favourite Worst Nightmare" released?

"Favourite Worst Nightmare" by Arctic Monkeys was released on April 23, 2007, in the UK and on April 24, 2007, in the United States.

What are some of the notable tracks on the Favourite Worst Nightmare?

Some of the standout tracks include "Brianstorm," "505," "Fluorescent Adolescent," "Teddy Picker," and "Do Me a Favour."

Who produced Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys?

The album was produced by James Ford, who also worked on Arctic Monkeys' debut album, "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not."

What's the meaning of the album title, "Favourite Worst Nightmare"?

The title is a play on the idea of having both a favorite and a worst nightmare. It reflects the band's experiences and challenges as they navigated newfound fame after the success of their debut album.

How did the sound of this Arctic Monkeys album differ from their debut?

"Favourite Worst Nightmare" retained the energetic and witty indie rock sound of their debut but showcased a more mature and experimental side. The band incorporated heavier guitar riffs and explored different musical styles.

Did "Favourite Worst Nightmare" receive critical acclaim?

Yes, the album received widespread critical acclaim, with many praising the band's evolution in sound and songwriting. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2007.

Were there any notable awards won by the album or its singles?

The album's single "Fluorescent Adolescent" won the award for Best Track at the 2008 NME Awards.

How well did the Favourite Worst Nightmare perform commercially?

"Favourite Worst Nightmare" debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and performed well internationally. It solidified Arctic Monkeys' status as one of the leading bands in the indie rock scene.

Did the band tour in support of this album?

A: Yes, Arctic Monkeys extensively toured in support of "Favourite Worst Nightmare," playing shows around the world and further establishing their reputation as a formidable live act.


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