Album Review: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino // Arctic Monkeys (5/11/18)
At midnight, the Arctic Monkeys dropped their newest album, “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.” Their last album, “AM,” was released in 2013, with no new music in the 4-year period in-between. Their sixth studio album consists of 11 songs and is roughly 40 minutes of alternative/indie vibes, and had absolutely no singles released leading up to it. This means that fans must listen to the album as a whole, rather than as a collection of singles thrown together into an album. AM was extremely successful, and Tranquility Base Hotel will be a huge test on their fan base – have they stayed despite the silence over the years? Is this kind of music still “in”?
I’m not going to lie, I’ve always thought of Arctic Monkeys as a vinyl sold at Urban Outfitters, bought to use in trendy Tumblr photos. I obviously know the lyrics that are posted everywhere, and songs like “Do I Wanna Know?”, “R U Mine?”, and “I Wanna Be Yours” are permanently engrained in my head. But I’ve never been a fan, and this new album hasn’t really changed my opinion much. If you were a huge fan of their previous work, you’ll probably like Tranquility Base Hotel! If you’re into the very low-key, alternative, indie style, this and every other Arctic Monkeys album is great for you! This just isn’t my jam, and I was bored listening. No tea, no shade, just my personal opinion.
That being said, don’t listen to music because it’s trendy, cool, or fits an aesthetic. Listen to music you truly enjoy listening to. I don’t enjoy my time listening to these songs, but others do, and that’s totally okay! Find what you love, stick with it, but also be open to new music.