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The Car

Arctic Monkeys

The Car

Album number seven from the indie rock quartet produced by regular collaborator James Ford

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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    The band’s spectacular seventh album summarises their story so far: sharp songwriting, relentless innovation and unbreakable teamwork
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  2. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    This doesn’t sound like the Arctic Monkeys of a decade ago - but so what?
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  3. 10.0 |   musicOMH

    The Sheffield band’s latest exists in some kind of kitsch pocket universe where people sit around in vintage Gucci watching Roger Moore James Bond movies for days on end, subsisting purely on irony
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  4. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There's little of immediacy anywhere in this release, but it's worth putting in the work to get to the magic
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  5. 8.6 |   Northern Transmissions

    ‘The Car’ truly is the Arctic Monkeys best album to-date. It’s epic, features sharp songwriting, unending innovation, and terrific arrangements and production. They impress on this record and continue to improve
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  6. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    A case can be made for the transitional albums, like 2011’s at ease with itself Suck It And See. The Car, however – in which a songwriter matures and finds an unexpected emotional range – is sure ultimately to be ranked in the band’s very top tier
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  7. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The Car flickers between solemn nostalgia but also having a blast – a journey which can be unsettling but fun and surprising in a way that you wouldn’t expect
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  8. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Welcome back Arctic Monkeys, your pensive musings have been greatly missed
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  9. 8.0 |   Dork

    It’s unlikely to win over anyone who wasn’t a fan of the left turn the band took on the last record, but if you meet ‘The Car’ on its own big-collared, sepia-sunglassed terms, you’ll have a great time. Still, there’d be no harm in throwing in just a couple more choruses on the next album, would there lads?
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  10. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The English band returns with an adventurous, heavily orchestrated album filled with enigmatic songs of love, longing, and doubt
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  11. 8.0 |   DIY

    The Monkeys have never sounded more evocative
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  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Turner's observations and the way he relishes a smart turn of phrase bring these vignettes to life in a way that's almost frighteningly vivid, even when his circuitous melodies don't always land. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Alex Turner’s vocals are majestic on this retro-styled, tactile album that delves into the effort behind maintaining a glamorous facade
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  14. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Designed to reward deep listening, these songs mark the start of a post-song era, where form and structure give way to mood and imagery
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  15. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Sheffield steel continues to shine as the band’s seventh studio album sidesteps repetition
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  16. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Grandiose strings and exuberant irresistible vocals in The Car show Arctic Monkeys are more comfortable than ever in their lounge-laden musical attire
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  17. 8.0 |   Mojo

    This is a more soulful, less arch record than Tranquility Base. Not quite as detached from Monkeys past as it first appears, either. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    On The Car, Alex Turner and co. embrace big string arrangements, but harken back to the disco depression that made 2013's AM an instant classic
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  19. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The arch Sheffield quartet are contemplative, cryptic but still occasionally anthemic on an album of goodbyes laced with crooner soul and loungey funk
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  20. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Drummer Matt Helders is a muted presence, few melodies truly stick and Tranquility…’s off-world ambitions aren’t met. The Car is a slick mover, immaculately appointed and often beautiful. What it’s driving at, though, can feel naggingly elusive
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  21. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    On the Sheffield indie rockers’ latest record, they take a more grounded approach but maintain an eccentric edge
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  22. 7.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    The Car is crackling with a wickedly fun energy underneath the surface of its mid-tempo mugging, if you're willing to take the commute and meet it halfway
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  23. 7.0 |   XS Noize

    The Car represents the success of a band willing to innovate and reinvent itself for a new era. A new era that should be warmly welcomed
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  24. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The direction they’ve taken here finds them flexing their muscles in a way that sheds the cheeky irony of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino in favor of a more plaintive earnestness, while at the same time building on that album’s sense of adventure
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  25. 6.9 |   Beats Per Minute

    If The Car is any automobile in particular, it’s a Ferrari or Lamborghini; you might watch it pass for a moment, admiring its sleek curves, shimmering façade and purring engine, but you won’t care much about the driver – and once it’s out of view, it probably won’t be long before it fades from memory
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  26. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Despite exciting moments, this feels like a detour, an intoxicating suggestion of more focused projects to come
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  27. 6.0 |   Gigwise

    Driving, but in what direction?
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  28. 6.0 |   Clash

    This album is, to be clear, an ambitious, stylish, coherent work of fine art. ‘Tranquility Base…’ grew on me, this may too. But I can’t help but feel that with ‘The Car’, Arctic Monkeys have taken a wrong turn
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  29. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    In The Car, Arctic Monkeys have succeeded in creating a sonically beautiful, coherent album. Its potential is squandered by a lack of thematic urgency, insight, or sincerity – resulting in an album that can only elicit a very superficial kind of joy
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