One year after releasing the incredibly successful and influential Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, Arctic Monkeys released their second album Favourite Worst Nightmare. The album brought even more success, going straight to #1 in the UK, even though it was markedly different from their debut.
Favourite Worst Nightmare showed a change in the band, a maturity even — which is notable given that it had only been a year since the previous album. The songs on Favourite had an ambitious ferocity not seen from the band before. It was also a hit machine. Just about any track could have been chosen for a single, but the band decided on “Brianstorm,” “Fluorescent Adolescent,” and “Teddy Picker” — three songs that are still cited as fan favorites today.
“Brianstorm” is a boisterous opener that lets listeners know what they are in for with the rest of the album, followed by the hit “Teddy Picker.” Most of the album follows in this heavily upbeat, singalong-ready fashion save for two of my personal favorite tracks: “Do Me a Favour” and “505” (on which Miles Kane plays guitar). These two tracks show an emotional depth in the music and lyrics, starting downtempo and building into bombastic showcases of the band’s songwriting talent.
There’s nary a bad track on Favourite, nothing that needs skipping over. Where their first album burst on the scene wowing critics and winning fans, Favourite Worst Nightmare cemented their place in British music.
You can buy the albun Favourite Worst Nightmare here.