Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Arctic Monkeys - Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair review

The Arctic Monkeys have released the lead single off of their upcoming fourth album, Suck It and See (to be released June 6th) and it's guaranteed to piss some people off.  "Don't Sit Down, 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair" (they do have a penchant for rather long titles don't they?), is slated for release on Record Store Day, April 16th, and it's an even further departure from the blistering, fast-paced songs of their debut.

The Monkeys last album, Humbug, was released to wide critical acclaim, with folks saying that the band had matured beyond the blog-buzzworthy singles that made it okay for hipsters to get up and dance.  With Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Homme as a producer, the album was definitely darker.  Gone were the Arctic Monkeys who sang about blonde bimbos at bars and the plights of being young and British.  Humbug ushered in a more worldly Arctic Monkeys, they were now men who sounded like they banged the blonde on the grimy floor of some seedy nightclub bathroom.

This, of course, served to alienate some people, who scratched their heads while posting nasty diatribes in the comment section of Arctic Monkeys YouTube videos.  Some were confused as to why they had abandoned their raucous and infectious dancefloor ready tunes in favor of something that sounded almost sinister.

But I say good on them.  The change in direction is something that was absolutely necessary for the Monkeys to do.  The hype that surrounded them when they released their first album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not could have easily served to inflate their egos and forced the band to churn out album after album that sounded exactly the same.  Instead the Arctic Monkeys have taken some risks and evolved.  In a time when consumers are so fickle about what they hear, they have done one of the things that most bands fail to do, stay fresh and interesting.

"Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair" is heavy.  It is dirty, smutty and sexy.  It oozes the confidence of a band who knows that they are good at what they do, and don't really give a shit what you think.  I think that we are going to find that most people, Arctic Monkeys fans or not, aren't going to want to sit down when they hear this one.

Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair by arcticmonkeys

Arctic Monkeys Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair

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