Suck It and See - Domino
FILTER Grade: 78%
By Clare R. Lopez on June 6, 2011
Back when Arctic Monkeys graced the cover of NME every other week, Noel Gallagher said they wouldn’t win a BRIT Award or Grammy with a name like that—and now they have five of the former. They’re once again playing the awkward name game with Suck It and See. But just as their moniker took a backseat to the music, so does this album’s off-kilter title after you’ve hit the play button. Produced by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco), the Monkeys’ fourth release moves between the rock and roll of Humbug (“Brick By Brick”), the grittiness of Favourite Worst Nightmare (“Library Pictures”), and inches forward on mellower songs where Britpop-esque guitar hooks get a surf rock finish. “That’s Where You’re Wrong” gleams with this fresh treatment and also captures the spirit that set their debut apart. While the album may not push these strengths far enough, it definitely doesn’t suck.