Arctic Monkeys have changed a lot since their debut album

Arctic Monkeys performed a Beatles classic at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in ‘Come Together’ in front of Sir Paul McCartney and this must be a massive moment for the band.

All four of their studio albums have reached number 1 in the UK

It was a very good cover of the song and nobody should be surprised that they were able to pull it off as they have showcased their talents for many years and performed a number of different songs. With their sound changing slightly throughout each album, choosing to do this song may have been challenging but achievable as they didn’t really have to change much and could do it as a straight cover. The band do seem to enjoy doing covers as they have participated in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge a few times and performed one of the more interesting covers when they decided to do Girls Aloud’s ‘Love Machine’.

They were always destined for great things but they may not have thought they would be performing in front of The Queen at such a massive event that the whole world would see. Their debut album ‘Whatever People Say I am That’s What I’m Not’ was fantastic and is still the fast selling debut album and has been hailed as a modern classic so they were always going to be successful but they achieved it in their own way. Alex Turner was clearly aware of everything that was going on around him and could fit it all into the lyrics, ranging for prostitutes in the Sheffield area in the brilliant number one single ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ to the drama and familiarity of being in a relationship in ‘Mardy Bum’. All of the lyrics seem come off as his past experiences and his thoughts and feelings which give it more depth and the storytelling more engaging. They even sing about the state of affairs in a town and how much things have changed over the years with their being more love and dedication to a local football team than anything else. One of the biggest compliments you could give the lyrics is that they paint a picture that is instantly recognisable to a lot of people in the UK, in particular the song ‘A Certain Romance’ which is slightly different to the rest as it is a slightly slower song as opposed to the guitar led, jumping around sounds of some of their other songs.

This debut album achieved number one in the UK and somewhat surprisingly number 24 on the Billboard 200 in America. It is not because of the actual music that I am surprised by this but the fact that Turner didn’t try and hide his Yorkshire accent and used some slang words in the songs that many Americans may not have understood. But, it does appeal to a wide audience with the riffs having a punk feel to them and it being placed as more of an indie sound will certainly have attracted many listeners from different genres.

This was just the beginning for the band and with their recent albums you can see how they have grown and matured more as this album does have a heavy focus on going out on a Saturday night, looking at girls, ultimately getting turned down and getting into fights while waiting for a taxi. They have made different music now but as they say themselves, ‘There’s only music so that there’s new ringtones.

Were blink-182 worth the wait? Neighborhoods album review

Blink-182 have just completed their European Tour and so the question is was their comeback album ‘Neighborhoods’ worth the wait?

Neigborhoods is blink-182’s sixth studio album

First of all I would just like to say that I think the band are one brilliant live and put on a fantastic show, not only with their music but with their jokes and the way they interact with each other. Yes it can be immature listening to them talk about each other’s mothers but you can’t help but laugh and this is basically what made them so successful. Now, they are older this album has put a stop to all the jokes about having sex with dogs and getting dumped by girlfriends but they also haven’t experimented too much so they haven’t alienated their loyal fans and have given them a chance of getting new followers. They know what everyone loved about them but they knew it would sound weird, as they are now middle age singing about teenage problems so they have continued what they were doing but they have cleverly developed it.

There are a number of examples where their songs from this album could fit into their old ones. ‘Natives’ has an upbeat tempo and is definitely a classic ‘blink-182’ song and would not look out of place on ‘Enema of the State’. ‘After Midnight’ was a last minute addition to the album after they cancelled their original European Tour and in my opinion is one of their better songs so I am glad they included it, this is another instant classic and could be on the ‘Take off Your Pants and Jacket’ album. The most remarkable song on the album though, is the very impressive ‘Heart’s All Gone’ as it is instantly accessible as it perfectly blends elements from one of their very first studio albums, ‘Dude Ranch’ and their previous ‘Blink-182’. It is a high energy pop-punk song and just makes you want to jump around by listening to it. Plus, it also proves to me that Travis Barker is the best drummer in the world right now and his near death experience hasn’t stopped his speed and accuracy with the drumsticks.

All three members of the band brought together different ideas and it is clear to see that Tom DeLonge brought more of a stadium rock back with him from Angels & Airwaves, while Barker brought back with him more of a hip-hop feel and it is difficult to judge what Mark Hoppus brought back but I suppose you could describe it as an unconventional indie rock. All these different sounds create something new but they do manage to stay catchy, the song ‘Kaleidoscope’ is about the band’s transformation as it is new but recognisable. I think this song will be a lot of people’s favourites especially if you prefer Hoppus to DeLonge.

The album covers many different themes but a recurrent one is definitely death. It opens with ‘Ghost on the Dancefloor’ and is about hearing a song you shared with someone that has passed away. The band got back together after two deaths and Barker was terribly affected by this song as it reminded him of DJ AM.

Not everything they try is a success such as ‘Fighting the Gravity’ which just tries too much to be different and at times you want Hoppus to do more as at times it does feel like DeLonge is the lead and at times he can be a little too whiny and it can get too much. DeLonge was always at his best when he was making jokes in his songs but when he is trying to be serious all the time it can get a little irritating. Blink-182 are back and it was worth the wait but hopefully next time they will give Hoppus more tracks to himself.