Top 10 Records of 2007 – Number 4
We were watching the girls wait in line for the ferris wheel today at Luna Park and we heard the oh so familiar voice of Alex Turners sing, "you used to get it in your fishnets …" and Josh and I started singing along to our favourite song of 2007, Fluorescent Adolescent.
The Arctic Monkeys put out my top record of last year and they may well have put out my top record of this year as well. But after thinking about it, I decided that Favourite Worst Nightmare is number four. Why? Because there are three records I like more, of course.
Alex Turner’s going to be a crooner before his career is up and this record gives glimpses of it. The amazing last minute of Flourescent Adolescent, the singing he delivers on Only Ones Who Know, and If You Were There Beware, once the requisite Arctic Monkeys opening is finished.
This record rocks too. The opening number, Brianstorms, sets the pace and the first four songs pick right up from the debut record. But Fluorescent Adolescent marks the departure point and from there the record goes in several directions, all fantastic.
I know that there are many who think the Arctic Monkeys are a flash in the pan, including the band themselves – "in five years time, will it be who the fuck are Arctic Monkeys?". But not me. I love this band and Alex Turner in particular. He’s the real deal, with his amazing songwriting, acid lyrics, and fantastic voice. In five years time, they’ll more likely have five top 10 records on this blog.