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Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
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What's the story?
Imagine references to Shakespeare combined with \"let's get drunk and take it outside\" bad-boy posturing, sung over imaginative punk-infused instrumental tracks? In fact, that's exactly what UK sensation the Arctic Monkeys delivers in spades on WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT. The singing and playing on this CD are terrific and the production is excellent. But the real star is the songwriting: Edgy poetry about the real-life concerns of wild young men comes off as honest, unpretentious storytelling.\"No time for Montagues or Capulets/Just banging tunes and DJ sets,\" in \"Dancefloor\" is the track with a Shakespearean reference, but all the songs on this CD tell an evocative and visual story.
Is it any good?
The Arctic Monkeys deliver stunning performances -- and, ironically, it's the realism and flat-out honesty of these songs that may also raise some parental concerns. There are references to underage drinking and street fights, a de-romanticized portrait of prostitution, a sprinkling of four-letter words, and CD art that makes smoking look cool. Still, the songs are so well written and well performed that this is one album that's probably worth a little PC discomfort and family discussion. The music is just so darn good.