Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 August, 2007, 12:00am

Arctic Monkeys' second album Favourite Worst Nightmare proves the Sheffield band has staying power.

Their first album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, was the fastest selling debut in UK history. And their new album is as exciting as last year's.

The album follows in the tradition of the first: hard guitar riffs, pounding drumbeats, indie rock and brilliant lyrics. But in this release, the band takes the material further by experimenting with diverse sounds.

Opening track Brainstorm has a punk-rock edge that assures fans Arctic Monkeys haven't lost any of their impact.

Fluorescent Adolescent is the highlight - it's an upbeat indie track with a catchy chorus that keeps playing in your mind long after it ends.

The only slow song, Only Ones Who Know, is played without drums. It is a fresh sound for the band. It's tender and atmospheric and adds an extra dimension to the band with lyrics like: 'They made it far too easy to believe/ That true romance can't be achieved these days'.

The Monkeys stand out easily from other English rock bands and Favourite Worst Nightmare is set to become a popular favourite.