Arctic Monkeys: “Favourite Worst Nightmare”
Producers: James Ford, Mike Crossey
Domino
Release Date: April 24

Arctic Monkeys' 2006 debut set "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" was a genuine U.K. phenomenon -- the fastest-selling debut record ever, winner of major awards and one of those rare albums with enormous impact culturally and commercially. Following up such an album has done in older heads than theirs. But this is a sophomore stroll in the park, with the Monkeys staying true to their original sonic blueprint while never shirking an opportunity to show off their newfound sophistication. From the increasingly robust musicianship on "Brianstorm" and "Teddy Picker" to the multilayered songwriting found on "This House Is a Circus" and "Flourescent Adolescent," there is more than enough here to make up for any loss of zeitgeist-shattering impact the second time around. And this time, they could have a record to take on the world, not just the United Kingdom. --Mark Sutherland