ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Arctic Monkeys Slow It Down and Get Weird on Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino

Updated on May 11, 2018

Music Review

I'll start by saying this: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is not Arctic Monkey's strongest work. It contains neither the stinging, punk bite of Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I Not nor the catchy, well-produced hooks of AM and Favourite Worst Nightmare. In fact, the production may be one of the most annoying things about this record. But once you get past these facts, it is possible to enjoy this album for what it is: a strange, mellow and somewhat dreamlike detour from Arctic Monkeys' normal songwriting.

From the first song of the album, "Star Treatment," it is apparent that something is a little off. The vocals (and the instruments as a whole) are less cleanly produced. The guitar is conspicuously low in the mix compared to the bass and vocals. And, perhaps most prominently, there is a lot of extra keyboard and piano present compared to the usual. Adding to the effect is the fact that the vocalist sounds significantly less suave than on previous albums, leading with a line about wanting to be one of the Strokes, of all things. This odd style carries throughout the entirety of the record, so if the first song does not impress you, it is best to turn back now.

Those who do stick around (and this is an album that benefits from multiple listens) will be treated to 11 tracks of mellow, interesting and, yes, sometimes bland song-writing. Songs like "One Point Perspective" and "Golden Trucks" lack any obvious hooks, but are balanced out by tracks like the aforementioned "Star Treatment," the title track and, a personal favorite, "Science Fiction." These songs stand out not only because of their dreamy quality, but also because of their unusually stream-of-consciousness lyrical content. Alex Turner gets almost Bowie-esque in his fun and weird ramblings, dropping some of my favorite "what-the-fuck" one-liners ("What do you mean you've never seen Blade Runner?", "Technological advances really bloody get me in the mood.")

Instrumentally, the album is more focused on atmosphere than anything else. The guitarist does not get much to do it all, and it often feels like the band is trying to set a mood more than create a song. If that seems like something you can appreciate, then this album is for you. For those more a fan of Arctic Monkeys' more traditional rock-based fare, you might want to wait around until the next one.



This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)