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Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not est le premier album studio du groupe britannique de rock indépendant Arctic Monkeys publié le 23 janvier 2006 sur le label Domino Records. Dès la signature avec la maison de disques, la formation se concentre sur l'enregistrement de son premier opus pendant l'été 2005 et sort un premier single à l'automne, I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor, qui s'installe directement en tête des ventes.

Signe annonciateur conforté par la critique musicale qui loue les qualités de l'album, le disque bat des records de ventes sur le sol britannique et rentre dans de nombreux classements internationaux de ventes. Il y obtient d'ailleurs plusieurs certifications, dont un quintuple disque de platine au Royaume-Uni. Logiquement, les trophées de « Meilleur album de l'année » lui sont décernés lors des différentes cérémonies de récompenses musicales et il remporte même le Mercury Music Prize, récompense suprême pour un album britannique. Il est depuis considéré comme étant un album influent de cette décennie.
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Album Review
Over three years on from the bomb-in-your-pocket blast of Arctic Monkeys’ introduction to the mainstream – two consecutive number one singles, and a chart-conquering debut album, represents quite the eruption from the blocks – it’s only by considering the pair of long-players that have followed it that one can begin to find relative fault with the Sheffield band’s first foray into audience affections.
With hindsight, 2006’s Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not lacks both the acerbic edge of its fairly immediate successor Favourite Worst Nightmare – released just 15 months later – and the sense of completeness conveyed by their most recent, Josh Homme-assisted affair, Humbug. But the same – that the debut doesn’t match its follow-up releases – could be said of many a domestic indie success: Radiohead’s Pablo Honey is an embarrassment placed beside the superlative structures of The Bends, and Pulp didn’t hit their stride until fourth effort, His ‘n’ Hers. Granted, Oasis have perhaps never bettered Definitely Maybe, but they’re the exception to what’s otherwise a fairly established rule.
Exuding the ramshackle character of their preceding (freely distributed) demo material, much of Whatever People Say… flows at a rambunctious pace, its players’ shortcomings at the time masked by an infectious energy – listening back, it’s the spirit of When the Sun Goes Down and I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor that nailed them to our hearts, not any particular compositional flair (Alex Turner’s John Cooper Clark-indebted lyricism aside). With their innocent faces but wicked tongues, the Arctics were always a commercial proposition in waiting; Domino’s success in signing them sped the process up, but it’s hard to imagine a world without these songs finding a sizeable audience, label assistance or not.
The album’s clearest hooks are broad enough to cover several sub-genre bases, while the spiky riffs appeal instantly to punk-minded indie kids after something with true bite – especially after the likes of Keane and (modern era) Snow Patrol took the torch passed by Radiohead et al and proceeded to dampen it down to a smouldering shadow of its former self. Today’s definition of what passes for an indie band has everything to do with this album: it redefined one’s musical lexicon, pinching from the past but resolutely contemporary with its tales, however faked, of young-adult-eye-level social minutiae.
And it’s for its legacy, rather than actual content, that Whatever People Say… warrants categorising as a classic of its era. Its roots might not stretch deep, but branches continue to sprout forth from its frame
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Comment icon Transparent Blockzag says: 5 months ago
Brilliant debut album that I could listen to over and over again. There is the popular "you look good on the dancefloor" but I also love "riot van" as well.
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