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The Age of the Understatement

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The Age of the Understatement

Studio album by The Last Shadow Puppets
GenreSymphonic pop , pop rock , baroque pop
LabelDomino
Length35 : 10
ProducerJames Ford
RecordedAugust 2007
Released15 April 2008 ( 2008-04-15 )
StudioBlack Box, France, RAK , London (track 4), British Grove , London (orchestra)

When hen Scott Walker gave handful of interviews around his 2006 album Drift, talk occasionally turned to current pop music. Perhaps to emphasise that he wasn't quite aloof recluse of popular myth, he mentioned buzz band of moment: I've heard Arctic Monkeys, he offer, hopefully, and all that kind of thing. At least he now knows that admiration is mutual. Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and Miles Kane of Wirral trio Rascals have mention few influences on their album, as Last Shadow Puppets, pre-fame David Bowie and composer-producer David Axelrod are among them, but longest Shadow over Age of Understatement is undoubtedly cast by former Scott Engel. More Scott Walker than Scott Walker say one radio DJ before premiering the album's title track, which led at least one listener to momentarily hope that Turner and Kane had make album influence by the enigmatic singer's latterday hitting-lumps-of-raw-meat-while-screaming-about-Mussolini approach, if only to see reaction from more lumpen sections of Arctic Monkeys' fanbase. Perhaps inevitably, however, it's his vintage work that holds the duo in thrall. Sometimes Arcade Fire collaborator Owen Pallett has been banked in to play the role of Wally Scott, orchestral arranger who cut such a surprising figure in the recent Walker documentary 30 Century Man, largely because he's now a sweet old lady called Margaret. My Mistakes Were make For You steals pretty much everything from Scott 4's Old Man's Back Again. Quite aside from his music, you can see why the figure of Scott Walker-with his noble-but-doom struggle to interest resolutely mainstream British audience in things like existentialism, arthouse cinema and Gallic chanson-might appeal to Turner, sensitive and intelligent songwriter who spent a hefty proportion of his life watching crowds of Hackett-clad troglodytes chuck beer at each other while Arctic Monkeys play live. In response, more excitable areas of the music press have started carrying on, as if Alex Turner was the first person in history to make an album influenced by Scott Walker. I've researched this thoroughly and can exclusively reveal that he isn't. However, Kane and Turner seem more interested in Walker's uptempo material than ballads previously imitated to the point of cliche. There are tracks here that amble anonymously down drearily well-trodden path, not least Chamber and Black Plant. But if the album has a recurring motif, it's galloping rhythm borrowed from Walker's version of Jacques Brel's Mathilde: hardly a commonplace sound in latterday alt-rock. Its darting pace fits with the audible enthusiasm of an artist broadening his scope. With no Rascals album as yardstick, it's hard to judge how big a digression this is for Kane, but it's clearly a stimulating departure for Turner. The lyrics move away from his usual witty-but-prosaic observations into more opaque invention, without sacrificing sharpness. I can still remember when your city smelt exciting, begin Calm Like You. Burglary and fireworks, skies were alight. It's pretty gripping way to open a song.

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Critical reception

Professional ratings

SourceRating
Metacritic77/100
SourceRating
Entertainment WeeklyB+
NME8/10
Pitchfork7.7/10

Age of Understatement received largely positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, album receive average score of 77, based on 25 reviews, which indicates generally favorable reviews. Marc Hogan of Pitchfork gave the album a favorable review, stating, biggest difference between Last Shadow Puppets and Turner's main gig is in lyrics. Though less immediately noticeable than majestic production, change in scale of Turner's songwriting is ultimately more profound. Hogan continue, calling the album Turner's most impressive album-length statement yet, one that strive, musically and lyrically, for epic grandeur of era before GarageBand or MySpace, and avoids lapsing into pretentiousness by dint of its own headlong enthusiasm.

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