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Arctic Monkey's debut album, released on 23rd January. The album was originally slated for release on the 30th, but Domino have pushed it forward a week:

''People are always putting albums back so we thought it would be fun to bring some forward. We did the same with Franz Ferdinand. The manufacturing went quicker than anticipated and the thinking is that the albums are going to do more good if they are in the shops rather than sat in the Domino warehouse for an extra week. And the sooner people can hear this incredible record the better. It's going to be the soundtrack to 2006.''

I downloaded it because i couldn't wait, but i also have a copy pre-ordered through Amazon.co.uk.

Tracklist:

1. The View From The Afternoon
2. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
3. Fake Tales Of San Francisco
4. Dancing Shoes
5. You Probably Couldn't See For The Lights But You Were Looking Straight At Me
6. Still Take You Home
7. Riot Van
8. Red Light Indecates Doors Are Secured
9. Mardy Bum
10. Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But...
11. When The Sun Goes Down
12. From Ritz To The Rubble
13. A Certain Romance

Most of the songs have just been re-recorded from the demo 'Beneath The Boardwalk', which has been available for free online for almost a year now, so not much new if you've been following the Monkeys for a while.

Still, it's a great album which is very well written and i would probably give it an 8/10. The best album of 2006 so far, much better than The Strokes' disapointing effort.


Thoughts anyone ?
 

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I could not be more excited for this album! despite the fact that we fans have already heard 9 of the 13. But I assume they're reworked, more polished versions, imacc?

Any news on a U.S. release date? Or will I have to get it shipped from across the pond?
 

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More polished versions yes antiditz. Although on some occasions(namely A Certain Romance) i think this is a mistake as i think the demo version sounds a lot better.

From NME.COM:
''The band's debut album will hit the shops in North America on February 21 via Domino.''
 

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NME says February 21: http://www.nme.com/news/arctic-monkeys/21877

These territorial distributions just ### me off. They need to get with the 20th century (sic). I spent months waiting for Sia Furler's sweet-as-Zero7 "Colour the Small Ones" (released in April 2004) and eventually bought an import. It is FINALLY scheduled for US release next Monday, nearly 2 years later. (Sia's the one who sang "Destiny" & "Somersault"; she's also a funny, sweet, quirky person)
 

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I loved From Ritz to Rubble as it was the b-side to FTOSF, glad to see it on the album.

I'm looking forward to this one, I think everyone is. I hope it delivers because the critics will be hard on them if they fail, they've been hyped up something chronic.
 

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I've resisted downloading it so far... stop tempting me!
Although on some occasions(namely A Certain Romance) i think this is a mistake as i think the demo version sounds a lot better.
Bah :( same thing happened with a couple of Bloc Party reworked demos, but ah well.
 

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neb said:
I hope it delivers because the critics will be hard on them if they fail, they've been hyped up something chronic.
Do you guys think the dearth of original songs will negatively affect album sales and/or critical reception? We're not talking abou an mostly unknown band that has had a couple of demos floating around to a select few loyal fans - let's face it, everyone's heard this stuff (repeatedly) for 6-8 months at least.
 

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You kind of had to be paying attention to these guys (and spending some time online) to have heard their music much. I suspect AM fans (the ones that have been downloading the demos) will buy the CD as soon as it comes out. The millions of others who haven't heard of them will think they're completely new.

Fiona Apple sold well even though her entire album had been floating around for nearly a year. And this is way better. :)
 

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I don't think many people will have heard much more than five of the tracks on the album, and many will have heard no more than is easily available (eg Dancefloor).
 

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All of the tracks on the album are available as free, legal downloads on THIS site.

They are taken from the band's demo 'Beneath The Boardwalk' which they used to give out after their gigs.
 

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Emultion_Rawks said:
That's great! Thanks for the link iMacc, I'm busy downloading! I also love to hear them live so their live songs are going in my collection too. :)
I may go see them live on the 21st of March (depending on if I go to see Stereolab the week before) as a friend wants someone to go with him.

iMacc,

Thanks for the link.

-Dan
 

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I'd get the tickets Dan, every gig they organise over here sells out pretty quickly! So jump the gun and go, that's my advice.

I've had the tracks for a while iMacc, hopefully they've been re-worked and improved upon. There's always the danger that you'll think the demos are better because that's what you're used to. I think in the long run any thing they've recorded in a studio with the added experience should sound like an improvement.

It has the potential to be one hell of a record.
 

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neb said:
There's always the danger that you'll think the demos are better because that's what you're used to. I think in the long run any thing they've recorded in a studio with the added experience should sound like an improvement.
You're probably right neb.

He's right about the tickets too Dan, if you were in the UK you would have next to no chance of seeing them live. Maybe you should take advantage of the Arctic's relative obscurity outside of our little island and report back when you've seen them.


PS: It's no 'Up The Bracket' at the moment neb, but all that could change if this LP has longevity.
 

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Emultion_Rawks said:
You're very lucky if you go! Where might you go to see them?
The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto - info

For $17.50 CAD that's cheap enough. I might buy some tickets this weekend (along with Belle & Sebastian/The New Pornographers tickets for the 25th of February that are going for $35.50).

-Dan
 

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I won't get to see them live now until they play the festivals this summer(hopefully Leeds & T in the Park, both of which i have my tickets for already).
 

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Interesting, their website doesn't mention any North American tour dates, but Ticketmaster has them listed in LA, Seattle, and Boston (and Toronto of as mentioned).

BTW: thanks iMacc for the links. I hadn't heard the demo versions, and some of them are a little different.
 

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Definitely go see!... they played at Reading and we kind of saw them play live... I say kind of because they were one of the smallest tents (a foolish place!) and it was absolutely packed. Should have seen the band before them, but they clashed with Roots Manuva :(
They're playing in Cambridge next month sometime but already sold out. Unless I feel like paying God knows how much for a ticket on eBay.
 
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