My favourite lyrics from Arctic Monkey’s ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’

I started writing a review of Arctic Monkey’s sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, but found that I didn’t really have much to say that someone else hadn’t already said. When a band is so emblematic of your generation, every move they make is discussed to death. On my first listen of my album, I though two things. One – did Father John Misty write this? And two – this is really, really, really good.

It’s perfectly tongue-in-cheek, self aware, inflected with wit, feeling and revelations. It echoes Father John Misty, Serge Gainsbourg, Leonard Cohen; it’s mature, sleazy, musically perfect. On my first listen, I cried and laughed (sometimes at the same time). Alex Turner takes on the role as a jaded auteur, leading us wildly through the space-age noughties and absurdist future plains. It’s wildly different to their other albums, in many ways being more similar to the most recent The Last Shadow Puppets album.

But, like I said, I don’t want to do a full on review in what is one saturated field. (If you want to read a great review, check out my pal Jake‘s blog).

The lyrics on this album are probably what I love the most. Alex Turner is the best lyricist of his generation, deftly breaking hearts throughout the past decade and then mending them again, and it’s probably never been better displayed as in Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. From the flippant to the elegiac, here are my 18 favourite lyrics from the album.


“I’m a big name in deep space. Ask your mates.”
Star Treatment

“Emergency battery pack just in time for my weekly chat with God on videocall.”
American Sports

“Kiss me underneath the moon’s side boob.”
Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino

“Last night when my psyche’s subcommittee sang to me in it’s scary voice.”
Golden Trunks

“The leader of the free world reminds you of a wrestler wearing tight golden trunks.”
Golden Trunks

“Cute new places keep on popping up since the exodus, it’s all getting gentrified.”
Four Out of Five

“The exotic sound of data storage. Nothing like it.”
The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip

“Forward thinking model villages.”
The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip

“I feel rougher than a disco lizard tongue along your cheek.”
Science Fiction

“Swamp monster with a hard on for connectivity.”
Science Fiction

“I want to make a simple point about peace and love, but in a sexy way where it’s not obvious.”
Science Fiction

“Smile like you’ve got a straw in something tropical.”
She Sounds Like Fun

She Sounds Like Fun

“Dance as if somebody’s watching, because they are.”
She Sounds Like Fun

“No one’s on the streets, we moved it all online as of March.”
She Sounds Like Fun

“I’m so full of shite, I need to spend less time stood around in bars waffling on to strangers all about martial arts and how much I respect them.”
She Sounds Like Fun

“Trust the politics to come along, when you were just trying to orbit the sun.”
The Ultracheese

“I might look as if I’m deep in thought, but the truth is I’m probably not if I ever was.”
The Ultracheese


Read my other stuff
Album Review – ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect, The Last Shadow Puppets
Live Review: Sunflower Bean + Gussstave, Point Éphémère, Paris
Interview with Superfood: Growing Pains and Radical Lasagne


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