The Age of the Understatement (DVD) The Last Shadow Puppets

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 July, 2011, 12:00am


What do you get if you mix Alex Turner, of the Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane, former frontman of The Rascals, and a 22-piece orchestra?

The result is a surprisingly good 12-track album, The Age of the Understatement. For Turner and Kane, who work together as The Last Shadow Puppets, have created an 'old-school' album with a modern finish.

The first track and title song, with its heavy use of strings, is one of the most grand and ambitious of the collection. Meeting Place is gentler, ending with a lofty instrumental that leaves you feeling relaxed.

Both artists alternate as lead vocalists and, as their voices sound similar, blend well. Turner is known for his lyricism and the album does not disappoint, with memorable lines like, 'Can't you see I'm the ghost in the wrong coat, biting butter and crumbs?', from the fast-paced, aggressive single, Separate And Ever Deadly.

The duo were inspired to make the album after listening to Scott Walker, early David Bowie and others. Although the album was conceived as more of a fun collaboration, it briefly went to the top of the UK Album charts in 2008, and stayed in the top 75 for 29 weeks.

It stands out from much of today's music and may well leave you hoping for more. It conjures up memories of the past - something that makes it a surprisingly fresh listening experience.