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The Age Of The Understatement (Alex Turner Arctic Monkeys)

Released on 21 April 2008

Artist: The Last Shadow Puppets

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Results 1-5 of 32

  1. The Age Of The Understatement
  2. Standing Next To Me
  3. Calm Like You
  4. Separate and Ever Deadly
  5. The Chamber
  6. Only The Truth
  7. My Mistakes Were Made For You
  8. Black Plant
  9. I Don't Like You Any More
  10. In My Room
  11. Meeting Place
  12. The Time Has Come Again


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The Last Shadow Puppets is the working collaboration of Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner and The Rascals' Miles Kane. Brought together by a mutual appreciation for Sixties Pop, The Last Shadow Puppets have acted on their greatest influences and produced the Mercury Prize nominated, nostalgia inducing epic, The Age Of The Understatement.

Dramatic from beginning to end The Age Of The Understatement revives the dark, orchestra led grandeur of Scott Walker's legendary 1969 album Scott 4 and throws in Bowie style symphonic pop for good measure. The opening title track, a Spaghetti-Western themed explosion of galloping guitar strings and pounding timpani rhythms, opens an expansive and lavish sound that never threatens to dip as Arcade Fire arranger Owen Pallett conducts the 22-piece London Metropolitan Orchestra over Turner and Kane's powerful yet delicate entwining vocals. While the majority of the album is heavy, electric led tracks such as the full blooded 'Separate and Ever Deadly', it is the softer acoustic based ballads of 'My Mistakes Were Made for You' and 'Meeting Place' that shine and add much needed contrast.

At times it is impossible to distinguish between Turner and Kane's input. Their voices and guitars marry together so well that it is hard to believe that these two ever played without each other. Although there are apparent shades of each other's respective bands in certain tracks, Rascals notorious vivid guitar solos on 'I Don't Like You Any More' and Arctic Monkeys' poignant story-telling lyrics on 'The Time Has Come Again', the album as a whole could never pass as being the work solely of either frontman: this is The Last Shadow Puppets.

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 If I want 60's music...

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I don't get it! Two great artists, one less than average album. Age of the Understatement is the best track by a mile, the rest, meh!

 fantastic

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After reading the lowest rated review from 'paddy12345' i am quite against this review. the album brings the sounds of the 60's back im only 16 but i love this album and this is not because i have been alianated by arctic monkeys who i also believe are the best band in this day and age. Alex turner and Miles Kane have combined together for this album and have made a fantasic job, not 1 song on this album isn't good a great side project from the boys, the singing, the music and the feel of it is all so dramatic.

Many people have said that this album has a James Bond esqe sound to it, and it really does seem like at any moment there will be a tuxedo wearing man winning some girl over just about to pop up from no where.

The album offers some slower music and some faster, both are as good as the other and does sound like some sort of soundtrack.

any way i hope that this review has been helpful for those people that havn't bought this album yet (the small percentage that dont own it).

And as for the way that dull indie music goes anybody who said this was just using the name 'indie' then look at your Scouting for girls, your Hoosiers and your other rubbish repetative, HIGHLY REPETATIVE bands and think wait these really are bad i should listen to some good music. These are the sort of bands that are shadowed by the likes of Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets and other great bands like these for a reason, this simple reason is because THESE BANDS ARE GOOD THEY ARE NOT !!!

thank you for reading this review. And i have not perpersly tried to offend anybody here i just needed to get my point across thats all . :)

 this is the 1st album and mabey the last ?

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alex turner said on myspace hes gonna kill off the puppets because jamie cook (Cookie) left the band because alex ran off with Miles Kane to make the last shadow puppets, so alex posted a blog on myspace saying he's only gonna release this CD and move back to arctic monkeys

still, can't wait for this to come out because its got the lead singers of both arctic monkeys (the best band in the world) and the rascals ( who are getting bgger day by day).

so i'll say to anyone what wants to buy this, then buy it, cos if they only have 1 CD, its still something you can play and keep for years.

its apart of indie rock still :)

 Good but rather pointless

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Now i like the arctic monkeys (name someone who doesnt) but to me when you have the most successful and most popular indie band of the new millienium doing a side project seems like a waste of energy.

The album isn't terrible but neither is it brilliant. While there are some stand out moments, like age of the understaements which involves some excellent songwriting and a unique russian esque guitar riff. I also like my mistake were made for you, which is probably the best song on the album. However, if this was done by the arctic monkeys featuring miles kane it would be the third album. But it all seems too similar to say the whole album is unique, i just think its just a waste of energy and the arctic monkeys thrid album would be better, but its just another side project and alex turenr is better in the arcitc monkeys than anywhere else.

 No it's not just because of how good the album is........

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I think that alex turner and miles kane should be congratulated for trying something new in a day and age where mediocrity is generally accepted as what the masses want. And it won't kill your braincells out of mindnumbing stupidity like scouting for girls. Also becuase now it goes two three four five

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