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from Arctic Monkeys' Suck It and See (Domino)
Liner notes: Rebounding from Humbug, their overly heavy third outing, the British quartet corrects course with a brighter sound that emphasizes Alex Turner's gritty-yet-tender voice.
Behind the music: An old-school guitar band for the modern age, Arctic Monkeys built a loyal audience before they landed a record deal by releasing their music free online. Their subsequent 2006 album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, became the fastest-selling debut in UK history.
Check it out if you like: Confident hipster dudes, including The Strokes, The Libertines, and Oasis.
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