Within less than a month of its release, the Arctic Monkeys‘ newest album AM is without a doubt one of my top albums of year. The first song, “Do I Wanna Know,” effectively establishes the album’s emotional and conceptual tone as one full of temptation and [musical] aggression. Oh, it will lure you in.
From the get-go, the drum beat is immediately arresting, followed by a guitar riff equally intense and infectious. It’s heavy and… it’s suggestive. You can’t deny how sultry it is. Throughout the song, the constant riff pairs poignantly with its lyrics of pervasive wistfulness. Naturally, Alex Turner’s voice slinks throughout and strengthens the seduction.
Hell, the whole album is just absolutely seductive. And I’m certainly not the only one who thinks so: as I was looking up the video, I saw that one of the highest rated comments is how this song is perfect for a sex scene. Never change, internet; these are the times I love thee.
This past Friday I had the pleasure of hearing this song live and my god, it was glorious. The entire show was the most fun I’ve had in a very long time (mad love to my friend Kim for letting me know about it and inviting me along!). Despite the occasional side-eyeing from people who forget how crowded a rock concert can be, the energy of the crowd was amazing. Of course, both Arctic Monkeys and their supporting band, Mini Mansions were spectacular. I was able to snag some shots, and for once my instagram looks especially interesting.