With the impending release of their fifth studio album, AM, Arctic Monkeys have become an undeniable force to be reckoned with. After an overtly triumphant performance in June at England’s Glastonbury festival, Arctic Monkeys have cemented their status as bona fide rock stars and have left the world frothing at the mouth in anticipation of their upcoming release.
We’ve been waiting with bated breath for any news regarding the album; then, seemingly out of nowhere, the band sprung Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High on the world. Serving as the second single to AM, after the slow and churning Do I Wanna Know, this track is our first indication of what front man Alex Turner meant when he declared the album would carry undertones of hip-hop and R n’ B. Turner’s lyricism has never been doubted, but the ways in which he glides through the delightfully snarky rhymes on this track creates a mischievously lighthearted frolic through guitar licks and electronic drumbeats. The track makes use of the same dark undercurrent the band has become known for, however this is topped with catchy, yet thoughtful beat-driven grooves that propels the track to expert status.
The subject matter of the song itself breeds a self-deprecating lament for that of the drunk text; something most of us can surely relate to. Yet, Turner and the rest of the Monkey’s present it in such a way that makes even this embarrassing situation seem inevitably “cool,” and that’s the Monkey charm. The shuffling, juggling drumbeat juxtaposed against Turner’s soulful charm makes for one unforgettable explosion of perfectly synchronized rock styling’s.
It’s all incredibly captivating. While Arctic Monkeys have been progressively working towards new sounds on each and every one of their four previously released albums, it seems as though what is about to be unleashed with AM is going to be nothing short of stellar. Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? serves as a venture into the most devilishly delightful of rock realms. Arctic Monkeys have become untouchable in their forms of identity and unique styling’s, and have, in turn, become completely comfortable with their musicality, as evidenced on Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
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