England’s Arctic Monkeys lost the plot a bit on 2009’s Josh Homme–produced Humbug, which obscured frontman Alex Turner’s lyrical gift with a bunch of murky psych-garage grooves better handled by guys with nothing to say. Fortunately, Turner and his mates are back in words-first mode on the more straightforward Suck It and See, due out next month. (Sample lyric from “Reckless Serenade”: “Called up to listen to the voice of reason and got the answering machine.”) They’ll likely provide a preview tonight, but with support from the furiously hyped Vaccines, they’re sure to lean on the old hits as well.
Tue., May 24, 7:30 p.m., 2011
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 11, 2011