Courtesy – NME – Arctic Monkeys Live at The Royal Albert Hall’ captures everything rough, ready and beautiful about piling out of work and into what might just be one of the best nights of your life. The gig itself took place two and half years ago – June 7, 2018 to be exact – a charity show for War Child UK with limited tickets available through an extremely over subscribed raffle, making it even more special for those that did manage to get inside the historical London venue.
20 greatest hits, including a smattering of tracks from the then-recently released ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, spread thick and meatily over an hour and a half, this wasn’t just a show – it was an event. The band’s second time at the Albert Hall (their first a Teenage Cancer Trust gig during 2010’s ‘Humbug’ tour), Alex Turner was in full Sheffield Elvis mode, a schtick that seeps through the speakers still, even without seeing the vision that was his perfectly preened quiff and exquisitely tailored suit.
Lip curls, showmanship and sass are high in the mix, Turner’s vocal sounding the best it’s ever been during the end of the pier romance of ‘Cornerstone’ and a slinky ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ while still holding strong during the clattering final track ‘R U Mine?’.