Arctic Monkeys - Leave Before The Lights Come On

Another month, another cracking new Arctic Monkeys song, albeit not what you might call an immediate choice for a single.

Thematically, "Leave Before ..." sits as a sequel to "Still Take You Home" from the debut album, exploring the aftermath of a one-nighter. And whereas the album track was ever so slightly crass (and perhaps the one false step on that otherwise splendid release) this has a maturity that belies its author's tender years.

This is sharp, English guitar pop that echoes many of the greats but from the first few bars this is unmistakably the Arctic Monkeys - Alex Turner pulling yet another melancholy melody from his notebook.

What odds they're able to make the leap to something like "All Mod Cons" and skip the difficult second album stage?



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