Top 40 Songs of 2012: Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?

#Top40Songs2012 by Sam Skilton
Arctic Monkeys returned in 2012, not with an album, but with a single which amassed millions of views on YouTube and created something of a stir amongst the band’s fan base. Ignore its ‘let’s appeal to teenage girls’ text-speak title for a second – as a musical composition, this is a belter. The words may seem strange at first, but lyrically it’s a little more inventive than the ‘Oooh, yeah yeah yeah’/‘Shalalala’-ing of ‘Suck It and See’. Alex Turner summarised the words as the “uncertainty that comes with love sometimes”, which would explain the “puppet on a string” reference, although it’s not often that the psychedelic pop-duet ‘Some Velvet Morning’ is placed alongside Thunderbirds’ Tracy Island. This is about as eccentric as modern rock and roll gets. The riffs are so explosive that they could be measured on the Richter scale, and it confirms that the Arctics are only set to get heavier than ever before on their fifth album, due in 2013.
Released: 27 February 2012
Label: Domino
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