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Arctic Monkeys have come a long way since their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Lead singer Alex Turner no longer chats into the microphone, as he recently put it, about “fucking taxi ranks” and actually sings now. Jamie Cook’s guitar playing and the stick work of Matt Helders is now less frantic and far superior in quality. Nick O’Malley’s bass has changed to a thicker tone than before, supporting a rougher and slightly psychedelic sound that the band now possess.

Alex Turner and Co. are back with the lead single off of their upcoming release Suck It and See, and once again expectations will be high for the Sheffield boys. North American’s may have trouble giving a sh*t about what these guys put out, but in Britain they are without a doubt the biggest group from the guitar-rock explosion of the early 2000’s. While Franz Ferdinand went MIA, Bloc Party seemed to plateau with the first record, and countless others (The Bravery, Kaiser Chiefs etc.) just plain sucked, Arctic Monkeys have managed to retain their swagger…