Back in October, British band Arctic Monkeys surprised their fans with the announcement of a live album. Last Friday, Live at the Royal Albert Hall hit stores and streaming services everywhere. Recorded live at London’s Royal Albert Hall on June 7, 2018, the live album contains 20 songs. All proceeds will go to War Child UK, a specialist charity that protects, educates and rehabilitates children who have experienced the trauma of conflict and the horror of war.
Royal Albert Hall, London. 7th June 2018. Album out 4th December. 📷 Aaron Parsons. pic.twitter.com/PhNvTBScPv
— Arctic Monkeys (@ArcticMonkeys) November 13, 2020
The setlist for the show comprised tracks off Arctic Monkeys’ six studio albums, including fan favorites such as “Brianstorm,” “505” and “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.” As soon as the album starts, the warmth of “Four Out of Five” will make listeners feel at home. Then, after the band mesmerizes the audience with the apotheotic “Crying Lightning,” the unmistakable riff of Arctic Monkeys’ best-known song “Do I Wanna Know?” makes the crowd — and fans at home alike — go crazy.
One might think that starting the spectacle with such powerful songs is not a clever move, but fear not, because Arctic Monkeys surely know how to put on a marvelous show, and the second half is just as great as the first one. Although the album is quite long, the extremely wonderful renditions of “Cornerstone,” “Arabella,” “Don’t Sit Down ’Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” and “Star Treatment” make up for it. Moreover, lead singer Alex Turner’s few but playful comments throughout the album build up the audience’s expectations. For instance, when Turner teases the crowd and says, “It’s gotta be now, innit,” after 53 seconds of waiting for the band to start playing “Knee Socks,” and they finally start the song at at the minute and 15 second-mark.
All in all, Live at the Royal Albert Hall is a great album and a much-needed one from the band. Arctic Monkeys remains one of the most dominant indie rock acts of the last decades, and they reinforced their status with this new album. You can buy the album in different formats on Arctic Monkeys’ official website, and you can stream it on Spotify and Apple Music. Also, make sure you watch the official music video for “Arabella (Live At The Royal Albert Hall)” directed by Ben Chappell below.
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