“The Car” Review

The developing sound of the Arctic Monkeys has left me overjoyed

“The Car” Review

Sophia McCraney


Arctic Monkeys, a band from Sheffield, England, has become relevant once again. Oct. 21 marked the release of their seventh studio album, “The Car.” As a long-time fan, I was not disappointed. 

Although their early albums are easily described as rock, as the Arctic Monkeys matured, their sound took on a more modern quality. “The Car” as well as the previous album, “Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino,” has caught some fans off guard. A lot of their popularity in mainstream media primarily focuses on their 2013 album “AM.” The people who hoped to become big fans are turned off by their new style, but I continue strong on the journey with them. To give the writing the attention it deserves, listening to the album more than once to catch things missed the first time is a must.

Similar to any other indie-rock band, multiple guitars along with the percussion are featured. In this album, however, an orchestra changes up the sound. Frontman Alex Turner also belongs to the group, The Last Shadow Puppets. The Puppets’ style is more recognizable as orchestral, which is why I was pleasantly surprised to hear the similarities between his two groups on this album.

After careful thought and much consideration, here are the tracks in order accompanied by my thoughts and an individual rating, out of 10, for each. 


  1. “There’d Better Be a Mirrorball”: 8/10 – The lyrics are fitting for the group’s ever-evolving style. While their style shifts, the lyrics remain similar. Hints of their 2018 album “Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino” peek through the vocals with a space or dream-like synthesizer and piano. I’m told by my friends that I listen to this song too much.


  1. “I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am”: 5.75/10 – A brand new jazz and funk sound never heard from the band, the lyrics are reminiscent of their previous album. I don’t have a specific reason for disliking this track, it just doesn’t stick out as much as the others do. 


  1. “Sculptures Of Anything Goes”: 7.5/10 – The kick drum and bass bring to mind the band’s most recognized song “Do I Wanna Know?” Changes in tempo allow this track to remain compelling. 


  1. “Jet Skis On The Moat”: 7/10 – Featuring great vocal range accompanied by amusing lyrics and electrical jazz riffs, the Monkeys create a  lounge ambiance that radiates from this track. 


  1. “Body Paint”: 8/10 – This song, with striking lyrics, shows a great vocal range from Turner. The orchestral instrumentation is captivating but does not overpower the vocals. 


  1. “The Car”: 6/10 – With classic rock undertones, the style presented in this song is a staple in the band’s discography. The minor key in which this song resides provides a perfect contrast to the more upbeat songs of this album. 


  1. “Big Ideas”: 10/10 – This is my absolute favorite track of the album. The lyrics are a bit basic but the meaning is clear. The orchestral lines in the song are sweet and soothing. The electric guitar climbs are spine-chilling.


  1. “Hello You”: 5/10 – The bass gives this song a raunchy heavy feel. The beginning of the song is monotone. Once again I don’t have a reason to dislike this track, it’s just nothing special. 


  1. “Mr Schwartz”: 9/10 – The softest song on the album provides a sultry, nostalgic feel. The descending chord progressions catch the listener’s attention. Shakers and percussion give it the extra edge it needs to earn the high rating. This one takes second place. 


  1. “Perfect Sense”:  8/10 –  The bouncy tone from the orchestra combines beautifully with flowy vocals. Although the lyrics are a little repetitive, they are ultimately touching. 


The Arctic Monkeys has been a big part of my life for the past couple of years. Their newest album just feeds the fire in my soul that they keep lit.