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  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the British indie rock band led by Alex Turner was produced by James Ford.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Oct 5, 2018
    100
    The Monkeys' most anti-rock album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino proves their most adventurous, pop accessibility be damned.
  2. 80
    The words themselves are glorious, as frequently absurd and brilliantly imaginative as some of the best sci-fi writers--Arthur C Clarke, Philip K Dick, HG Wells--while the instrumentation recalls their cinematic adaptations, or classic superhero cartoons.
  3. May 24, 2018
    80
    The first listen may be surprising, but repeated listens illuminate that Arctic Monkeys remain progressive and energetic even when style and mood shift dramatically.
  4. May 11, 2018
    75
    Whilst your first few visits to the ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ may feel alien and unwelcoming, you will gravitate ever closer to its shimmering outer-space treasures with each stay.
  5. May 11, 2018
    70
    Though Turner may be sardonic to a fault, making it difficult to determine where the snark ends and genuine sentiment begins, the album is audacious in its conceptual conceit, challenging expectations established through the boozy nightlife anthems of the band's earlier work with an experimental approach that's contemplative and unrepentantly abstruse.
  6. May 11, 2018
    60
    When the Arctic Monkeys’ career comes to be reappraised, this album could be seen as an outlier, or the start of their next phase. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but sometimes, dividing an audience is exactly what you need to do.
  7. May 10, 2018
    40
    The meandering LP can't bear the weight of the man at the piano's indulgences.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 140
  2. Negative: 31 out of 140
  1. Sep 29, 2018
    10
    The lyrics the sound Alex Turner's voice everything in this album is special and unique- it needs a few listens to get into it but once youThe lyrics the sound Alex Turner's voice everything in this album is special and unique- it needs a few listens to get into it but once you are in you won't easily get out, and the journey begins. Blissful. Expand
  2. May 11, 2018
    10
    What seems at first confusing and similar becomes richer and richer with every listen. Turner's lyrics have never been weirder and moreWhat seems at first confusing and similar becomes richer and richer with every listen. Turner's lyrics have never been weirder and more interesting; the band has never been more intricate with the sound. As we have learned from Humbug and AM, the only thing you can really expect from this band is to do something completely unexpected. Expand
  3. May 11, 2018
    10
    An album like no other. Designated in deep space, this thrilling new album provides the band with a diverse catalogue of music and itsAn album like no other. Designated in deep space, this thrilling new album provides the band with a diverse catalogue of music and its dramatic switch shows that the boys have moved on from tracky suits and grey adidas socks to something more.. mature. Expand
  4. May 16, 2018
    8
    Unlike AM, this album is more psychedelic and very reminiscent of John Lennon/ Sgt. Pepper on some of the tracks. The overall vibe is muchUnlike AM, this album is more psychedelic and very reminiscent of John Lennon/ Sgt. Pepper on some of the tracks. The overall vibe is much slower paced and the songs pretty much go in any direction that they want, much like a Jazz song. Piano and base are the major players here and lead guitar plays the supporting role. Each of the individual songs on their own are not meant to be super catchy "hit" songs, but more so thoughtful and introspective sounds that come together to make a relatively coherent psychedelic- "esque" 70's album. Expand
  5. May 11, 2018
    6
    Waited 4 years for this.

    The result? It's more like a spin-off, which may be indicating their new (yet still raw and unprepared)
    Waited 4 years for this.

    The result? It's more like a spin-off, which may be indicating their new (yet still raw and unprepared) experimental project. Can't agree more than the fact that many songs remind me of David Bowie's era. The title theme is suited perfectly in each song; bringing passionless, lackluster mood and such. After all, it's still worth to get a listen, to hear their so-called 'growth' and the new ambiance of Arctic Monkeys.
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  6. May 11, 2018
    4
    Yup...it uh... sure is Arctic Monkeys.

    I wish I could say this any other way but it was just dull. I was really hoping from the preview
    Yup...it uh... sure is Arctic Monkeys.

    I wish I could say this any other way but it was just dull. I was really hoping from the preview that the album would be a little more different. I was really hoping for some fast-paced, very music-centric songs. Instead, however, Alex's voice was still front and center and the lyrics were, at times, absolute gibberish that I think was just supposed to "get you lost". It was exactly what I would expect an AM album to be. That's about all I can say. I was hoping for something more refreshing. Instead, I got more or less what they've previously supplied.
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  7. May 18, 2018
    0
    inconsequential, milquetoast and thoroughly beige. An album of ugly ego and self-centred imposition.

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