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March 10, 2019

[Review] Arctic Monkeys - AM [2013]: Album that changed my opinion about rock music.

I have never been a big fan of rock music. Maybe only one band with considered rock music in my playlist: Daughtry. But I think they don't have a pure rock genre music. Daughtry is a band with combined music genre, between rock, country, folk, and pop. Or maybe the first album of Travis, Good Feeling. Although I like the second until the last album of them (they changed the genre to pop) better than the first album. After listening to this AM album by Arctic Monkeys (Thanks to Sasha for introduce me with 'R U Mine?' song in this album), maybe I have to change my opinion about rock music: I like it!

AM album art showed on Sony Walkman NW-A26 and Xperia XZ1


The first song of the album, Do I Wanna Now, is opened with solo drum by Matt Helders. Guitar and bass by Jamie Cook and Nick O'Malley followed after several seconds. Alex Turner on vocal showed up after that. Lyrically, this song is about the pain of loving someone you can't have.

'R U Mine?' is my most favorite song in this album. Actually, this song is the first song I heard from this album. Sasha Akulov made me hear this song when we were in one of a cozy cafe in Panama City. Each music elements in this song are very powerful, vocal and backing vocals complement each other, the combination of guitar, bass, and a drum made my head shake even without me noticing it.

'One for the Road' is opened with the vocal. It amazed me how the vocal and backing vocals are singing almost simultaneously throughout the song. I like the melodic guitar at the end of 'Arabella'. 'I Want It All' emphasize each music instruments alternately: bass and electric guitar in the beginning and melodic guitar and bass in the second half of the song. "No. 1 Party Anthem" and "Mad Sound" are more ballad. Naturally, both songs are more friendly for me. "Fireside" sounds unique with its drum and piano. 

"Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?" is similar with 'One for the Road' when it comes vocal and backing vocals. I like the clap sound in the middle of "Snap Out of It" and its piano addition in the bridge part of it. There's no special thing on Knee Socks except 3D sound effect at the end of the song. 'I Wanna Be Yours' is a simple song but the chorus is so catchy that I can't resist singing at that part. This album is closed with '2013', with a slow tempo at the beginning and faster tempo at the end.

This album is recommended to listen. Try to listen 'R U Mine?' first and you will love all parts of this album.



Indonesian:
Gue bukan termasuk penggemar musik rock. Mungkin hanya satu band dengan musik rock di playlist gue: Daughtry. Tapi gue pikir musik mereka juga gak murni rock. Daughtry adalah band dengan genre musik gabungan rock, country, folk, dan pop. Atau mungkin album pertama Travis, Good Feeling. Meskipun gue lebih suka album kedua sampai terakhir mereka (mereka mengubah genre menjadi pop pada album kedua) daripada album pertama (yang bergenre rock). Setelah mendengarkan album AM oleh Arctic Monkeys ini, mungkin gue harus mengubah pendapat saya tentang musik rock: gue menyukainya!

Lagu pertama dari album, Do I Wanna Now, dibuka dengan solo drum oleh Matt Helders diikuti oleh gitar dan bass oleh Jamie Cook dan Nick O'Malley beberapa detik kemudian. Alex Turner pada vokal muncul setelah itu. Lirik lagu ini adalah tentang rasa sakit mencintai seseorang yang tidak dapat dimiliki.

'R U Mine?' adalah lagu paling favorit gue di album ini. Sebenarnya lagu ini adalah lagu pertama yang gue dengar dari album ini. Sasha Akulov, teman saintis gue selama pelayaran kemarin,  menyodorkan lagu ini ketika kami berada di salah satu kafe yang nyaman di Panama City. Setiap elemen musik dalam lagu ini sangat kuat, vokal dan backing vokal saling melengkapi satu sama lain, kombinasi gitar, bass, dan drum tanpa gue sadari membuat kepala gue mengikuti alunannya.

'One for the Road' dibuka dengan vokal. Gue dibuat terkagum mendengar vokal dan backing vokal bernyanyi hampir bersamaan di sepanjang lagu ini. Gue suka gitar melodi di akhir 'Arabella'. 'I Want It All' menekankan masing-masing instrumen musik secara bergantian: bass dan gitar listrik di awal dan melodic gitar dan bass di paruh kedua lagu. "No 1 Party Anthem" dan "Mad Sound" lebih balad. Otomatis kedua lagu itu lebih familiar bagi telinga gue. "Fireside" terdengar unik dengan drum dan pianonya.

'Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?' mirip dengan 'One for the Road' dalam hal vokal dan backing vokal. Gue suka dengan suara tepukan di bagian tengah "Snap Out of It" dan tambahan piano di bagian bridge-nya. Gak ada yang spesial di lagu 'Knee Socks' kecuali efek suara 3D di akhir lagu. 'I Wanna Be Yours' adalah lagu yang sederhana tetapi bagian chorus-nya sangat catchy sehingga gue gak bisa menahan diri untuk ikut bernyanyi di bagian itu. Album ini ditutup dengan '2013', dengan tempo lambat di awal dan tempo lebih cepat di akhir.

Album ini disarankan untuk mendengarkan. Pertama kali coba dengarkan 'R U Mine?' terlebih dahulu dan kalian bakal suka keseluruhan album ini.

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