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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: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Q Magazine
    May 8, 2018
    100
    It's a strange, wonderful album, one that almost feels like Arctic Monkeys have embarked on their own full-band side-project. [Jul 2018, p.106]
  2. May 11, 2018
    80
    There’s little to be found here with the immediacy of yore, but this ends up working in the album’s favor: the more you give in to these vibes, the more the vibes give back. That goes double for Turner’s lyrics, which are playfully quotable in a manner that recalls the opaque asides of Destroyer’s Dan Bejar.
  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 14, 2018
    70
    It’s not the Arctic Monkeys you might expect, and living inside Alex Turner’s identity crisis can be an occasionally uncomfortable experience, but give it some time and this sixth album reveals itself as one of the most interesting of the band’s career.
  6. 67
    Easily the weirdest record in the band’s catalog, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is a fun, flawed aberration (at least, for now). Even in failure, there’s enough to explore within Turner’s thicket of lyrics and the haze of this inviting, yet not quite fully realized sonic setting to warrant a few active listens.
  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: 81 out of 134
  2. Negative: 31 out of 134
  1. May 19, 2018
    10
    Okay, okay, this is a really really strange album, and after a few days I think I know that this album is a masterpiece, and I can perfectlyOkay, okay, this is a really really strange album, and after a few days I think I know that this album is a masterpiece, and I can perfectly understand the negative reception, and this album definitely isn't for everybody. I think that it's so marvellous because it manages to break so many rules of writing music, yet keeps composed and catchy more than often, it's the complete (front) flip of anything that they've ever released. The only thing I would probably have to say about the album is that it's a much more satisfying experience in one sitting. It's a beautiful album, I know it, don't just take a glimpse of 'Four out of Five' and make your judgement then, commit to that $16.99 on itunes. Expand
  2. May 11, 2018
    10
    What a change from the previous albums, but a very good change in my opinion. There are some very good tracks on here, with Four out of fiveWhat a change from the previous albums, but a very good change in my opinion. There are some very good tracks on here, with Four out of five as my personal favourite.

    Give this album a fair chance and you'll love it.
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  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 11, 2018
    7
    An expected album sincerely. AM was a transition album, IMO. This one is just the confirmation of the new Arctic Monkeys. With a strongerAn expected album sincerely. AM was a transition album, IMO. This one is just the confirmation of the new Arctic Monkeys. With a stronger influence by Alex Turner, no doubt about that. Expand
  5. May 11, 2018
    6
    Arctic Monkeys return with perhaps their most thoughtful record yet. Sonically nostalgic, aesthetically futuristic and lyrically humourous,Arctic Monkeys return with perhaps their most thoughtful record yet. Sonically nostalgic, aesthetically futuristic and lyrically humourous, Tranquility Base is a smooth, listenable record that rewards the listener willing to dive deeper into the lyrics and instrumentation with a number of poignant and introspective moments, with obvious inspiration from artists like Bowie and The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. However, the album is unwound by Turner's obvious dominance throughout all aspects, and the marked lack of real excitement or punch that has underpinned much of the Monkeys' success, leading it to drag on a little, as Turner continues to drawl over the tracks like some sort of Sheffield/1960s US radio host hybrid. Overall, it seems more like a luxurious and extravagant Alex Turner album than a true Arctic Monkeys' project, and far from their best work.

    Favourite track: Four Out Of Five.
    Least favourite track: The Ultracheese
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  6. May 11, 2018
    4
    The new Arctic Monkeys album is better than their last effort, but it's still a snoozefest. If AM was a watered down Queens of the Stone Age,The new Arctic Monkeys album is better than their last effort, but it's still a snoozefest. If AM was a watered down Queens of the Stone Age, this one sounds like Nick Cave high on dramamine. Expand
  7. May 18, 2018
    0
    inconsequential, milquetoast and thoroughly beige. An album of ugly ego and self-centred imposition.

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