Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Album Art (2018)

Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Star Rating: 5/5

Tracks: 11

Overview

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino earns five stars out of five in our book, "and that's unheard of." The Arctic Monkeys are back at it again with an imaginative new sound. Composed in Los Angeles on a Steinway, this album was a classic long before it began. Marking the comeback after a 4 year hiatus, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino was highly anticipated by rock fans alike. Arctic Monkeys had shot to a new level of popularity with their previous album AM before dropping off the map. Their new-found fans couldn't help but get "sucked into a hole on a handheld device."

Top Tracks & Takeaways

A stroll through a technological world, "Batphone" describes a post-internet galaxy of loaded soundbites. This song touches on the vulnerability of online platforms with a wide range of undetectable risks. Turner sings, "making a selection, opening credits roll, panoramic windows looking out across your soul." At another point in the song he gives us his opinion of the direction of social media when he says, "Life became a spectator sport, I launched my fragrance called 'Integrity', I sell the fact that I can't be bought."

Repetition of distinct musical phrasing throughout the tracks on this album intertwines the ideas expressed into an eerie web of satisfying dissonance spun by the syncopation driven rhythm section. No song can more eloquently present this lucid style than "Star Treatment", which is an impressive summary of the setting of this concept album. Alex Turner's songwriting works a fresh angle with circular melodies that dance around each other with playful curiosity.

"Four Out of Five" is both humorous and sobering. As the 6th track of an 11 track album, it sits at the center point of the chiasmus that is Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. At many points during the song, Alex Turner references the "Information-action Ratio", which is a concept from Niel Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death. It is a reference to the alleged cultural fall out that occurs as information becomes more ubiquitous with the growing new technologies and innovative methods of effective communication. The elaborate amount of thought that went into these songs really comes through on "Four Out of Five" where the "Information-action Ratio" is simply the name of a taqueria on the moon.

What we liked

The innovative style on this album is a refreshing step in the right direction for the Arctic Monkeys. It is not uncommon for bands to get stuck in the same groove. It is nice to see this band make a move that not only explores new territory but does so fluently. Arctic Monkeys boldly show that long after their debut record, they are more than capable of keeping the magic alive, even 16 years later.

Not so much...

Many of the metaphors are deeply layered and fanciful, which wouldn't be a bad thing if there was a direction other than the moon. Sometimes Alex gets lost on distant planets in this science fiction realm of his own creation.

Videos and Singles

Four Out of Five

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Star Treatment

Conclusion

Quite possibly one of the greatest albums the Arctic Monkeys have ever released, this album is a smooth listen. Not only was it the band's sixth studio album, it is also their sixth album in a row to debut at number one in the UK. If there's one thing we're certain of here at Demo Digger, it's that Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino will have you over the moon.

Track Listing

Star Treatment
One Point Perspective
American Sports
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Golden Trunks
Four Out of Five
The World's First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip
Science Fiction
She Looks Like Fun
Batphone
The Ultracheese

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