Their debut album shifted wild figures, but the Monkeys' growth curve since has been dotted with no less remarkable evolutionary leaps.
Early material showed Alex Turner to be a keen observer of Sheffield life, his band a nut-tight correlative for his fluent, demotic pitch. But a desert trip under QotSA bruiser Josh Homme's watch woke their inner guitar heroes, and R&B leanings have stoked saucier tendencies still on this year's cocksure AM.
And if the title hints at both rebirth and a new dawn, their recent leap in live confidence suggests both fit very nicely.
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