It’s hard to pick the best amongst Alex Turner’s explosive lyrics. So far, Turner’s repertoire does not only consist of Arctic Monkeys’ albums but also The Last Shadow Puppet’s and an OST for a movie titled Submarine. Turner’s lyrics capture moments pretty sincerely in different wavelengths. It jabs right to heart with unthinkable metaphors and word choices. Often inspired by his girlfriend at the time, it’s always interesting to see how Turner’s lyrics evolve through the year. He wrote a lot of lyrics inspired by Alexa Chung (She’s Thunderstorms, Knee Socks), Arielle Vandenberg (Arabella), and Taylor Bagley (Sweet Dreams, TN). One thing that connects them all, it’s always left us with a lot of awes and ‘how come’.
In an interview with NME back in 2013, Turner was asked what song he’s most proud of lyrically, after questioning it for a while (asking, “Does anyone even wanna know what I think about it?“), he’s throwing Arabella and Cornerstone as an answer. I need to agree wholeheartedly because Arabella displays Turner’s poetic approach really well and Cornerstone puts up his storytelling forefront.
It’s funny that I think, the weakest album from Arctic Monkeys (Suck It and See, 2011) is the best one in terms of lyrical choices. And if you’re wondering which album you should start listening if you’re not a big fan of Rock, I’d recommend you the Submarine OST. All the songs feel light but meaningful, it’s easy listening kind of album with simple instruments often found in indie songs. It’s a good album to listen to in the midst of rainy seasons.
While I think in terms of storytelling, Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured (2006), Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts (2005), and Cornerstone (2009) are still at the top, I want to highlight some songs that display Turner’s songwriting talent really well.