Arctic Monkeys: People say whatever I say. It’s Not Me album review

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‘Whatever you say, let me be.’ That’s Not Me’ is the debut album by Arctic Monkeys on January 23, 2006. Before the release of the single album, ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ was already the number one hit of 2005, as was ‘When the Sun Goes Down’.

It later became the best-selling debut album in British music history, selling 360,000 copies in its first week. While in America, it became the second best-selling debut album of all time, certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

Alex Turner; Jamie Cook Matt Helders (Nick O’Malley was not a member at the time); ‘Let me be whatever people say.’ That’s just not me’ to see how significant the changes were experienced. A truly authentic band listening experience. – Completely different. Matt Helders’ drumming is still loud and tight when Alex Turner has a tone that’s not too different from when he’s speaking.

Arctic Monkeys’ debut album has a definite and strong theme to be one of the nostalgic albums of their early musical days. You’ll never tire of listening to the youthful enthusiasm of this teenage group from Sheffield.

No matter what people say, it’s not me

The Gist: ‘People say whatever I say. That’s Not Me’ can be categorized as a concept album with a fairly specific theme. Identifying authentic themes around teenage nightlife in the North of the UK. Remember that Arctic Monkeys are a rock unit from Sheffield, Yorkshire.

Almost all the songs on the album were written by Alex Turner when he was a teenager in Sheffield (with the exception of ‘Still Take You Home’, which he co-wrote with Jamie Cook). Many of the songs are written in the first person; Especially written from his perspective as a teenager who loves to have fun at the club.

Listening to Arctic Monkeys’ debut album; It’s like being transported back to Alex Turner’s childhood with his friends before he became famous. A lot of teenagers don’t care about their lives as long as they can enjoy themselves. This vision is the essence of ‘Riot Van’. Then ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’; ‘Dancing Shoes’ Tracks like ‘Still Take You Home’ are not just world-ending events, but dance-floor sensations.

There are also songs that raise the issue of youth culture in songs like ‘Fake Tales of San Francisco’ and ‘A Certain Romance’. Young Alex Turner didn’t write many love songs, and ‘Mardy Bum’ is the only love song on this debut album.


‘From the Ritz to the Rubble’ is a song written from the point of view of a club bouncer. Meanwhile, ‘When the Sun Goes Down’ was inspired by the story of the prostitutes who wandered into the old Arctic Monkeys studio where they were rehearsing and recording. ‘Perharps Vampire I A Bit Strong But…’ is a song about people doubting Alex Turner and his friends when the Arctic Monkeys started. People don’t understand that he doesn’t make music to make money.

The material for this debut album was not only the basis for Arctic Monkeys; They represent an authentically British youth culture, especially for northerners of their time. It’s wet and messy, but it’s fun.

Sound Vibes: With a music concept reminiscent of Northern UK nightlife and clubbing; The songs on this album have garage rock revival standards and arrangements that invite the listener to dance. It’s a dance song, but it’s rock music. It makes the album’s club settings feel authentic; Especially for the wishful thinking of club music in the north of the UK during the 2000s.

As a British band, In fact, Arctic Monkeys has an American-style punk rock vibe on this debut album. Alex Turner considered himself a fan of The Strokes and often performed The White Stripes songs during their early concerts. We can hear how this British band tries to sound like an American band instead of producing a new color of music.

Each member of Arctic Monkeys also has their own characteristics in playing their instruments. Matt Helder’s drumming, which was still going strong at the time, as well as Jamie Cook and Alex Turner’s guitar playing were nothing short of wild. He then awarded Turner’s wood with his very distinctive British accent.

The best songs
There are plenty of great songs from ‘No Matter What People Say I’m Not’ that never get old to listen to and are still loved by Arctic Monkeys fans.It is. ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’; Songs like ‘The View From the View’ and ‘When the Sun Goes Down’ became the songs that made their name famous. Basically all the tracks became pieces.The theme of this album is the nightlife scene in the Northern UK.

Speaking of basics, ‘Fake Tales of San Francisco’ and ‘Perhaps Vampire Is A Bit Strong But…’ are as deep as the songs on this debut album. ‘Stories of San Francisco’ is a message that bands must stay true to their origins and identities without trying to create false images and certain expectations. A song with clever lyrics by Alex Turner; Because he was really stuck in that view.

Meanwhile, ‘Vampire Is A Bit Strong But…’ is a song to remember. People who were underestimated when they were young have now proved how successful they can be by making music for themselves.

17 years on, ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ is still a debut album that holds a special place in the hearts of Arctic Monkeys fans. Alex Turner as a teenager; The youthful enthusiasm of Jamie Cook and Matt Helders when their musical careers were starting to come to fruition is well documented on this album.