Downtime: Apr. 30, 2007

Cheat Sheet. What you won't be able to avoid, what you should see--and what you should skip

UNAVOIDABLE FAVOURITE WORST NIGHTMARE by Arctic Monkeys; out April 24

Arctic Monkeys' second album--their debut was merely the best rock record of 2006--kicks off with a 30-sec. run of thundering drums and earth-quaking bass. Despite the fact that all four members are in their early 20s, this is not a band that lacks confidence, and the chief difference between their first two records is that this one is even louder and faster. D Is for Dangerous and Fluorescent Adolescent swagger by on ferocious guitar swells, but they also swing, with unpredictable pace shifts perfect for dancing and allowing singer Alex Turner...

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