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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Single Review: Arctic Monkeys – Black Treacle / Richard Hawley & The Death Ramps – You & I

Released: 23rd January
Label: Domino Records
Get It: MP3 / 7” Single

With it's heavy rotation on 6Music it'd be easy to get sick on 'Black Treacle', if only it wasn't so tasty. By no means the highlight of Arctic Monkeys excellent fourth album (that accolade surely goes to 'That's Where You're Wrong'), 'Black Treacle' still holds it's own as a single. Nonetheless, despite abstract lyrics and bendy guitar parts, you get the feeling it's only being released as an excuse for the band to team up with Richard Hawley again.

Under the guise The Death Ramps t'Monkeys recorded 'Bad Woman' with Hawley for the Teddy Picker 7”. Where that was spooky however, 'You & I' is ballsy and rocking. Whilst The Death Ramps prove that their time with Josh Homme included plenty of observation Richard takes the lead with a deep and gravely vocal.

This Mark Lannegan-esque drawl glides over Turner and Cookie's meatiest riffs to date while the rhythm thunders underneath. With the backing vocals sliding into a higher register it's certainly new ground for the Monkeys and a track that'd sound amazing live. The solo can only really (and has been) described as face-melting. It's nimble and an absolute cracker.

With Arctic Monkeys being the only mainstream or successful alternative band to be bothering with b-sides, and with 'You & I' being the best of theirs for a while, you know it's something special. All concerned may be several years away from having been a DIY act, but when rock music is this good......



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