My Favourite Song Right Now: Used To Be My Girl by The Last Shadow Puppets

Right now, I absolutely love this tune. It comes off the supergroup’s second album, Everything You’ve Come To Expect, and while there are plenty of great songs this one is simply fantastic. It exemplifies the feel of their second album, and the fact that both Miles and Alex have their own verses shows how Used To Be My Girl works well for both of them. The music itself is great as it makes you want to dance in that kind of ironic, over-the-top way that the band itself often employs at gigs. Their fashion during the tour – excessive suits and exaggeration throughout – works well in this tune.

With some bands that are made up of big artists already, the sound can end up pretty similar to their other bands. This is not the case, however, with TLSP. They use a lot of orchestral sounds, which is something Turner’s Arctic Monkeys have rarely incorporated. I have to admit that the main reason I started listening to the Puppets was due to Alex Turner’s involvement, and I think most TLSP fans would have to agree. However, their stuff is very different to the Monkeys, and Turner seems to enjoy himself a lot more on stage than he does with the Arctics. Kane brings out this side to him that is exemplified in Used To Be My Girl, and that allows him to get all of this out of his system unlike with the Monkeys. With TLSP, there are no boundaries – it’s a side project that is not going to cost him his career if he fails.

A sixth Arctic Monkeys album has been hinted at but the band haven’t been together in a studio yet, and may not be together for quite a while. It’ll be interesting to see what direction they take on AM6, but it won’t go backwards to their early days, although the sounds of Humbug, their third album, could well be imitated. Turner’s voice has changed dramatically since their breakthrough over ten years ago – gone is his Yorkshire twang that was so apparent in songs such as Fake Tales of San Francisco  and Mardy Bum. It’s been replaced by a much more mature voice, and the quick lyrics of previous albums was nowhere to be seen on EYCTE.

Whatever happens, Turner and Kane can be pleased with their latest effort, which came eight years after their first installment. Other songs that are favourites of mine from this album include Aviation, Bad Habits and Miracle Aligner. I’m just hoping that we won’t have to wait until 2024 for the third album!

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