Arctic Monkeys: Was It Worth the Hype?

Arctic Monkeys: Was It Worth the Hype?

Aaliyah Pena, Writer

Indie-Rock band Arctic Monkeys announced the release date of their new album “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” on April 5th, 2018. The band has been on hiatus for five years as they decided it would be best for them to discover their new sound and venture off working with other bands to hopefully get inspiration. Fans immediately hyped the band and their decision to return with new music.

“Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” is released on May 11th and fans are not impressed. The new album immediately receiving backlash within a few hours of its release. The album features 11 new and different tracks that fans had compared to their top album “AM”. Fans had expected an album that would sound similar to “AM” instead of some of Arctic Monkeys older albums that did not receive as much attention.  

The album was originally supposed to be a solo album for lead singer Alex Turner but he had decided that Arctic Monkeys was too good to let go. Arctic Monkeys had come out to say that they were in no way making an “AM 2”, they wanted to make music that had sounded like their older albums with a new twist.

Fans admit that they were tricked by the unique and distinct album cover which signifies a picture that Alex Turner had seen in an art department of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Arctic Monkeys had released a music video of “Four Out of Five”, which was their first promo single. Fans also had disliked the video and had given it a bunch of backlash for being bland and not like other music videos. Their fans had expected more for a promotional single.

It’s safe to say that yes, the album was overhyped and it may not be for everyone. Arctic Monkeys are allowed and should continue to explore with their sound, despite the critical reviews they were bound to receive.