The Arctic Monkeys are arguably the most interesting British band of the twenty-first century, constantly evolving but still ensuring that each album kicks just as hard and fast as the previous one. Alex Turner and co are not going away: this band are in it for the long haul and their fan-base are ultra-loyal. You don’t ‘grow out’ of the Arctic Monkeys, you evolve with them. The band is riding higher than ever, which is pretty high. Every album has reached Number 1 in the UK, while they have continued to strengthen their following in the US and elsewhere. Sufficient time has now passed for the band to merit this in-depth appraisal, with accompanying colour photographs.