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“The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala,” “Love Is a Laserquest,” “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair”: Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner stakes a claim to the title of Pop Music’s Funniest Song-Titler, an honor previously held by Morrissey. The Monkeys’ cheeky verbosity marks them as distinctly British, as does their preference for retro-leaning guitar pop. Hopefully, Yanks won’t be put off, because this is the band’s best since its 2006 debut, with punchy, punky burners, grand ballads, and, throughout, wit. “If you’re gonna try and walk on water,” Turner sings, “make sure you wear your comfortable shoes.”

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