After an arduous five year wait, Arctic Monkeys fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief with the band announcing their sixth studio album is to be released on May 11. The title, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, might sound like the next James Bond film but with the band constantly reinventing themselves from album to album, we’re not surprised with the left of field title and elusive track titles.
With nothing but a 40-second orchestral teaser clip and a glimpse at the track listing, it leaves us with exactly one month to ponder just what AM6 will hold for listeners. While we still have just under a month to go, take a look (or listen) back through the last five albums to get you excited for the next chapter in their artistry. Here are our top tracks from each album for you to put on your playlist.
Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
WHY: The first of the five already released albums is often noted, in retrospect, as the best album Arctic Monkeys have released thus far. While it’s always easy to look back with rose tinted shades on perspective, there’s no doubt that the album features a vast array of the band’s musicality and a distinctly youthful vibe.
Top Tracks: Mardy Bum, Riot Van and Fake Tales of San Francisco
Favourite Worst Nightmare
WHY: This album holds on it some of the classically AM tracks that everyone thinks of when the band is mentioned in conversation, television or plays on the radio. It is a catalogue of songs you’d dance to in a club and tracks that accompany you on a road trip. There’s something for everyone on their second studio album.
Top Tracks: Fluorescent Adolescent, Do Me A Favour and 505
WHY: The middle child of the discography transports you to a Sunday afternoon in the sun with the radio on and drink in hand. Humbug keeps to the Arctic Monkeys sound that most have come to know, with bold guitar solos and musical melodies that complete the song with its lyrics.
Top Tracks: Crying Lightening, Secret Door and Cornerstone
Suck It and See
WHY: While it may not be apparent in every tack of the 2011 release, Suck It and See at its core feels softer than the previous four albums with mellower middle tracks paired with typical indie-rock attitude. Similar yet oh-so-different from Favourite Worst Nightmare, the two go together like wine and cheese.
Top Tracks: Piledriver Waltz, All My Own Stunts and The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
WHY: The most recent release of the band until May 11, AM featured adapted poems, an evidently John Lennon influenced track and modern fuses that separates the fifth album from the rest. It’s also arguably the one that divides die hard fans the most, with many saying that the band went too commercial. But still, AM blared out of music festivals for two years straight and continues to fill empty dancefloors from the early seconds of Do I Wanna Know. Start from album one but ensure you make your way here.
Top Tracks: Snap Out of It, I Want It All and Do I Wanna Know?