His contribution to our record is really exciting, it's probably my favourite. It's really good." Alex Turner described the album as sounding "like a Dr.The 30 seconds that he's in there is just, I dunno, it's like something that I've never heard before. Dre beat, but we've given it an Ike Turner bowl-cut and sent it galloping across the desert on a Stratocaster", adding that it "sound less like four lads playing in a room this time.Not to blow my own trumpet or anything, but you know what I'm saying." On 4 July 2013, Homme mentioned AM at the Rock for People festival in the Czech Republic: "I sang on the new Arctic Monkeys record. Essentially, that's what it is, but if you can find a way to manipulate the instruments or the sounds to the point where it sounds a bit like a hip-hop beat that'd be boss in your car, then I think there's something quite cool about that." Guitarist Jamie Cook also cited The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars as an inspiration for the album, saying that it was one of the only albums they listened to while recording AM.
The band incorporated new instruments to record the album; they used keyboards such as piano, organ, and celeste, a Hohner Guitaret, and a vintage drum machine.Recording was done differently as well; producer James Ford stated that, instead of the "live" recording technique of the previous album, this album was recorded mainly with bass guitar and drums laid down first with emphasis on groove.Helder's drum kit was often set up in unconventional ways to achieve different sounds.AM is the fifth studio album by the English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys. It features guest appearances by Josh Homme, Bill Ryder-Jones, and Pete Thomas.It was produced by James Ford and co-produced by Ross Orton at Sage & Sound Recording in Los Angeles and Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California, and released in September 2013 through Domino. The album received critical acclaim from music critics and featured in many end of year lists as one of the best of 2013.
", "One for the Road", "Arabella", and "Snap Out of It".Commercially, AM has become one of Arctic Monkeys' most successful albums to date, topping charts in several countries, and reaching top ten positions in many more.In the United Kingdom, Arctic Monkeys broke a record with AM, becoming the first independent-label band to debut at number one in the UK with their first five albums. Summat about it feels like this record is exactly where we should be right now.The album is also considered the band's breakthrough in America. " was the first song by the band to enter the Billboard Hot 100. So it felt right to just initial it." Turner later revealed that the band had nearly titled the album The New Black, after a guitar amp they used in the recording process: "I got this old Rickenbacker thing that we recorded a lot through. And this little black amp that became known as The New Black.In an interview with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner said that the album title was inspired by the Velvet Underground's 1985 compilation album VU: "I actually stole it from the Velvet Underground, I'll just confess that now and get it out of the way. Crossed me mind to call the album that." Speaking about Josh Homme's contribution to AM with Zane Lowe, Turner said: "The Josh thing was very much a case of one of us returning a back scratch to the other", referring to his appearance as a guest vocalist on the Queens of the Stone Age album ... Turner continued: "He came down and sort of got us out of a little rut.It's just fun, it's friends, extended family now – [they] came round, had a fun night. It's not disco [as such], but it's like a modern, dancefloor sexy record.