The long awaited follow up to the 2008 acclaimed record “The Age Of The Understatement,” Alex Turner and Miles Kane are back as The Last Shadow Puppets with “Everything You’ve Come To Expect.” With a hiatus from their respective bands (Arctic Monkeys and Miles’ solo group), the band has delved further into creating a unique sound that blends 60s & 70s British Rock and something completely different from their regular bands.
Both are based in California now, Turner & Kane have taken their “Bro”mance to another level with creating another record that equals and arguably is better than their first release. Upon hearing the first single, “Bad Habits,” it’s a shock to the system as it’s not what The Last Shadow Puppets have put out to date. It definitely grows on you. Fast, edgy and stylistic “Bad Habits” will surely be a hit at their live shows. Keeping with the ‘Puppets sound, Turner and Kane have kept the strings involved with this record and it certainly rounds out things nicely. It’s in keeping with the vision of the project they helped create in their previous record.
“Aviation,” the latest single and the track that had me most excited to hear the rest of the album, is a fantastic way to start things off. The track that most resembles 2008’s “The Age of The Understatement.” The duo takes turns sharing the singing duties on the album. Miles Kane shines in “Pattern,” a stand out on the record for me. Alex Turner continues his suave debonair persona and showcases his other side of singing in tracks like “Dracula Teeth,” and “Sweet Dreams, TN.”
If you believe in Sophomore slumps, well hate to disappoint you, because it’s certainly not the case with The Last Shadow Puppets “Everything You’ve Come to Expect.”
Bottom Line: Well overdue but strong outing from the side project. Hopefully more to come soon!
Notable Tracks: Aviation, Pattern, Bad Habits, Dracula Teeth,The Element of Surprise