You might not recognize the band name, but the second the vocals emerge from a winding electric sound and catchy rhythm, you know you’re listening to the one, the only, Alex Turner.
The Last Shadow Puppets, what we’re going to call the prequel band to The Arctic Monkeys, have only produced one album and that was… let’s see… seven years ago. Yeah. So you probably haven’t heard of this band as much as the latter especially after their smash-hit album “AM” which came out in 2013. Despite the long break, our beloved Alex Turner and Miles Kane released their second studio album today, April 1.
“Everything You’ve Come to Expect” has all the feel of an Arctic Monkey’s album but with a slightly more upbeat tone. In other words, we now have an excuse to listen to Alex Turner’s voice no matter what kind of mood we’re in.
The first track on the album, “Aviation” was originally meant to be for Kane and Kane alone, but after consideration they decided to revive TLSP.
“‘Aviation’ seemed particularly ‘Puppety,’” said Kane in an interview with Spin. “So we eventually convinced James Ford, the producer, to come do it again.”
After touring with California band Mini Mansions in 2013, the duo decided to bring string arranger Owen Pallett and bassist Zachary Dawes on board, according to the same interview.
From this album, the group released four singles. The first single released, “Bad Habits,” was accompanied by a music video in early January. The second, coming a full two months after the first, was the album’s self-titled track “Everything You’ve Come to Expect,” followed closely by “Aviation,” and “Miracle Aligner.”
With 12 new tracks of smoky Alex Turner vocals, everyone will be tuned in and rocking out to TLSP for the next few days… or weeks.
TLSP is currently on tour in Europe but will make a short stop here in the U.S. to make a Coachella appearance and hit up five other cities located on the East and West coasts.
You can stream “Everything You’ve Come to Expect” on Spotify and Apple Music.
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