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Put aside all thoughts of imminent backlash immediately, as Humbug is Arctic Monkeys’ most enjoyably complete album to date.

Recorded in part with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme in the Californian desert, while it lacks the hook-laden immediacy of previous collections, Humbug embraces the true nature of album-craft by sequencing ten tracks in such a way that coherency and consistency bind constituent pieces into a single, enjoyably sombre whole.

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With ‘One Of Us’ Corlyx have demonstrated how merging different genres and adding theatrical substance to a record works wonders. The EP is a marvellous sound experience that broadens your mind to a vast sonic universe and invites you into a fantasy that’s filled with glamorous fashion and weird and magical creatures in the spheres of a captivating surrealism. The band has touched upon the topics of fake starlets and the superficiality that fame brings with it in their first single release ‘Starlet’ and the song ‘Narcissistic Girls’. Taking that thought a step further, their latest single ‘Nobody’s Happy’ is about how immensely our appearances can contribute to dissatisfaction. As such, ‘One Of Us’ forms a clever juxtaposition of internal battles and external subjectivity.

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