After waiting for what seemed like an eternity to this reviewer, The Last Shadow Puppets have returned and released their long awaited second album, Everything You’ve Come to Expect.
Lyrical heroes of kitchen sink drama, both Miles Kane (The Rascals) and Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) have crafted another beautiful album that speaks to an audience of heartbroken and lamenting listeners.
A mere (insert sarcasm font) eight years ago, The Last Shadow Puppets were putting together their critically acclaimed album The Age of the Understatement. Born out of a relationship built on the road while Miles Kane was touring with Arctic Monkeys, the pair remained close friends and have reunited to release what they have described as the second chapter in a trilogy of albums set to be released by the band.
Whilst I’m listening to this album through rose coloured headphones, the album does not disappoint and the lengthy wait has seemed to work in the band’s favour. Days before the album’s official release, tension was high among the ravenous fans of TLSP. YouTube filled with leaked versions of the completed album and these were devoured by listeners at a greedy rate.
Releasing teaser tracks, ‘Bad Habits’, ‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect’ and what became the album opener, ‘Aviation’ before the official album release date of April 1, confirmed the guys have remained true to style. This album, like The Age of the Understatement, engages composer Owen Pallett, this time arranging the not so understated, 29-piece orchestra. This album is a sophisticated look into the smuttier side of the co-frontmen’s psyches.
Now presenting themselves more like some sort of rock and roll fraternity brothers, Kane and Turner, maintain the two, distinct personalities of the band. One being the tidy, suited up, 1950’s style popstar, with perfect manners on tracks such as ‘Miracle Aligner’ and ‘Dracula Teeth’ and the other being the chav-esque, shell suit toting, rude-boy that seems like some sort of personification of the subject matter from Arctic Monkeys hit ‘Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts’ on TLSP tracks ‘Bad Habits’ and ‘She Does the Woods’.
As the love affair between Joshua Homme and Alex Turner continues (much to this reviewer’s delight), the unmistakable desert-driven-guitar in ‘Used to be My Girl’ has quickly turned this track into my pick of the album, as I’m guessing it will be for many fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Mini Mansions, all of whom have injected their talents into this album.
The album plays like a perfect score for the story of any late-adolescent’s quarter life crisis. I should probably mention this to Richard Ayoade.
Reviewed by Lauren McAleer