Arctic Monkeys new album divides opinion but reveals a music snobbery

The release of Arctic Monkeys’ new album overnight has taken social media by storm. The piano led experiment is completely different to everything that has come before it, win only the odd nod to Humbug linking it and their previous five efforts together.

Truthfully it should be a solo album, supposedly Jamie Cook’s permission was given to use the Arctic Monkeys name whilst Alex Turner recorded and self indulged in Los Angeles.

It was always set to divide opinion, however the release of Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino has introduced the sourer side of music fans in that many have taken the moral high ground through their liking of the album.

While it’s well known many people preferred their earlier albums and have since longed for a return to that style, there are some who have grown with or even preferred the bands newer material. The latter, by no means, would give anyone unequivocal rights to belittle the other.

I wrote for Getintothis about music snobbery, and how guitar bands are downgraded with the help of some industry friends (read here). Lad culture, football and Strongbow Dark Fruit cider are popular ways to attempt to take away from such music, for a reason I don’t quite understand.

As a side note, Dark Fruits might not be my thing usually, but it’s a brilliant hangover drink.

Twitter posts mocking those who don’t like the album have made for disappointing reading, and to be frank, the whole thing is immature.

They read similarly to: “If you’re not into the new Arctic Monkeys album then it’s about time you grew up.”

While the pick of them is: “‘So disappointed by the new Arctic Monkeys album’, tweets Dan_BCFC, age 17. The album disappears, as does the rest of their work after 2007. Alex Turner writes a leter of apology. He goes back to singing about bus stops and mean bouncers. Dan has changed everything.”

It was almost as if those who were enjoying their first listen to the album felt the need to have a pop at those who weren’t, for not. And once more, those who weren’t enjoying it lost their right to express their opinion on it on social media.

While music is subjective and divisive with no two people consuming it the same, there is little need for it to be as vitriolic. It’s unnecessary and, honestly, immature.

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