Two years after Beyond the Neighbourhood, Deptford quartet Athlete return with some more emotion-laden, life-affirming, FM-friendly stadium rock. This time round it's far less low-key than its predecessor, and far more likely to appeal to their most avid fans. If one word were to sum up the sound, it's 'huge'.
Put aside all thoughts of imminent backlash immediately, as Humbug is Arctic Monkeys’ most enjoyably complete album to date.
Recorded in part with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme in the Californian desert, while it lacks the hook-laden immediacy of previous collections, Humbug embraces the true nature of album-craft by sequencing ten tracks in such a way that coherency and consistency bind constituent pieces into a single, enjoyably sombre whole.