Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know? (single) (Domino)


“Do I Wanna Know?”, the new single from Arctic Monkeys, continues to establish the quartet as not only as class A songwriters but as one of this generation’s most important bands.
A mid-tempo, riff-heavy track with a gritty 70’s rock flavour, when Alex’s voice arrives during the first verse of the new single it’s like heaven to the ears.
While yes  singles such as “Crying Lightning” have been catchy as hell, what really characterises “Do I Wanna Know?” is just how immediate these melodies are.  From the sweet vocal harmonies in the pre-chorus to the song’s 70’s rock soaked chorus, this thing is riddled with hooks. In fact, after just one listen “Do I Wanna Know?” will be stuck in your head for hours to follow.
With every release Arctic Monkeys move further away from their seminal 2006 debut, ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not‘ and”Do I Wanna Know?” shares more in common with their third record, ‘Humbug‘ from 2009. It also seems that time spent with Josh Homme has rubbed off as there’s also hints of Queens of the Stone Age in here too.
Despite missing the frenetic punk-rock energy of their debut, all the things that make Arctic Monkeys so captivating are here. Alex Turner’s trademark witticisms are once again on display further cementing Turner as one of the best lyricists in recent memory.

A brilliant first taste from the band’s upcoming fifth studio album, “Do I Wanna Know? was released as a single on June 19, 2013 and is available via iTunes now.

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