Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine
Just over a year after the release of Suck It And See (aggressive name, passive feel), the Arctic Monkeys released a new single to kick off their domestic stadium tour supporting the Black Keys, which has the look and feel of the Arctic Monkeys circa 2008. Down, dirty, simple, “chip shop rock”. Suck It And See was a real departure from the Arctic Monkeys 3rd LP, Humbug, and unrecognizable from their first two albums which brought them so much critical acclaim. Not that the album was “bad” by any means, it was just bland in comparison to their earlier work as teenagers and some of their more mature work in the production of Humbug, partnered with Josh Homme.
The band described the new sound as “vintage”, a style they clearly jumped head first into with Alex Turner appearing to have been mugged by a doo wop / greaser gang. But with progress comes a level of trial and error. Some tracks on the album worked better than others, but nothing truly stood out. Thankfully though, R U Mine is a departure from this new style, and more along the lines of the Arctic Monkeys Circa 2008.